Anthrax, Testament, Butcher Babies, Etc. Members To Perform At “Ultimate NAMM Night 3”

The lineup has been revealed for the NAMM edition of “Ultimate Jam Night.” The event, which is called “Ultimate NAMM Night,” will take place on January 18 at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom and it will include an all-star jam featuring: Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), Doug “Dug” Pinnick (King’s X, KXM), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daises, etc.), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Derek St. Holmes (ex-Ted Nugent), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Kat Dyson (Prince), Divinity Roxx, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence), Ira Black (Dark Sky Choir, etc.), Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper, etc.), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Michael Spencer (Flotsam And Jetsam), James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dilana, Tiffany, and more. The concert will also feature full band performances from Jack Russell’s Great White and Hurricane.

Sons Of Apollo (Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) Premiere “Desolate July” Lyric Video

Sons Of Apollo (ex-Guns N’ Roses, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Desolate July.” This track is from the band’s new album “MMXX,” which will be released on January 17.

Jeff Scott Soto commented:

“From the few seconds of hearing this song, it guided me to write the lyrics about our dear friend and colleague, David Z. David was one of the greatest, funniest and kindest humans I have ever known. He had friendships with most all of us in Sons Of Apollo, but Mike and I were certainly the closest. I thought it fitting to include this tribute to him from us in this haunting, incredible body of music.”

Mike Portnoy added:

“This video is a great tribute to our dear friend David Z. Jeff and I were particularly close with him and I was honored that Jeff invited me to sing the harmonies with him on the choruses for us to both share our love for our friend that was tragically taken from us way too soon.”

Sons Of Apollo (Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) Premiere “Fall To Ascend” Video

Sons Of Apollo (ex-Guns N’ Roses, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Fall To Ascend.” This track is from the band’s new album “MMXX,” which will be released on January 17.

Sons Of Apollo (Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) Premiere “Goodbye Divinity” Video

Sons Of Apollo (ex-Guns N’ Roses, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Goodbye Divinity.” This track is from the band’s new album “MMXX,” which will be released on January 17.

Drummer Mike Portnoy commented:

“From the minute we finished writing ‘Goodbye Divinity’, I knew we had our album opener and the first release off the album. I even remember posting on social media how excited I was about the song the day I tracked it! The song has an immediacy that grabs you right away: great riffs, flashy playing and hooky vocal melodies. All of the elements that make up the SOA sound.

The video was directed by Vicente Cordero who I have now done over 20 music videos with and its look helps catapult the band from the Greek mythological past of the last album into the 21st century with this new album.”

Sons Of Apollo (Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) To Release New Album “MMXX” In January

Sons Of Apollo (ex-Guns N’ Roses, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) have announced that their new album “MMXX” will be released on January 17. The effort’s first single, “Goodbye Divinity,” will launch on November 15, alongside pre-orders.

“MMXX” Track Listing:

01. “Goodbye Divinity”
02. “Wither To Black”
03. “Asphyxiation”
04. “Desolate July”
05. “King Of Delusion”
06. “Fall To Ascend”
07. “Resurrection Day”
08. “New World Today”

Drummer Mike Portnoy commented:

“Stylistically, we have followed the same path as the debut. But we feel that it has come out stronger, simply because we know one another better. ‘Psychotic Symphony’ was the first time the five of us had worked together, so there was bound to be an air of experimentation happening. Now, we can draw on having the experience not only of recording that album, but also of touring together a lot. And now there is clearly a lot more obvious chemistry going on.”

Keyboardist Derek Sherinian added:

“We did 83 shows on the last tour. And it was so worthwhile, because we came out of it with a stronger bond, and that is certainly reflected in what we wrote.”

Portnoy continued:

“The three of us [Portnoy, Sherinian, and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal] were at my home studio in Pennsylvania, and it took about three weeks to get all the music written. That was a very smooth process. The last time, it certainly must have felt a little weird for Bumblefoot to be writing with Derek and me, because we were strangers to him. Now, we know one another better and that helped things push along.”

Sherinian added:

“Because we all have our home studios, it meant everyone could record there as and when they had opportunity. We all had the luxury of being able to take our time to get all the parts done, which was a huge help in the way the album’s come out. I suppose in all, it took about eight months to record everything.”

“While Jeff [Soto] was left to come up with the words on his own, as the melody lines are part of the music, it made sense for me to be involved with that part.”

Portnoy also talked about the closing track “New World Today:

“The final song is ‘New World Today’, which is 16 minutes long. This one has elements similar to ‘Opus Maximus’ and ‘Labyrinth’ on the previous album. It has some insane, brilliant instrumental moments, which I am sure the fans will love.”

Sherinian continued:

“We wanted to do something epic here, as we did with ‘Opus Maximus’ last time around. You have to remember that Mike and I come from Dream Theater, where we never bothered about how long a song was. So, for us doing a 16-minute track is not a problem.”

Portnoy also explained the album title and cover art:

“This will be released in mid-January 2020. That means it will be one of the first releases in what is a new decade. So I came up with the idea of calling it ‘2020’, except having it written in the Latin form of ‘MMXX’.”

“For the first record, we had a mythological feel. This time around though, there’s a much more futuristic style to what we’ve got. It has a very 21st century appeal. And the band crest is more polished, cleaned up and a lot more modern than last time, when it had an old-fashioned look.”

Sherinian also added the following about the album’s sound:

“Each member of this band has their own signature sound on their instrument. And when you put all of this together what you get is a wonderful five-headed beast. It makes this a sonically special band, which is definitely what comes across on ‘MMXX’. You can hear odd time signatures and amazingly crazy performances here. Overall, we’ve been satisfyingly more adventurous this time than we were before, and I know people are sure to love what we’ve done.”

Tour Dates:

01/24 Pomona, CA – Glass House
01/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
01/26 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
01/28 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
01/29 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
01/31 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
02/01 Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory
02/02 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
02/03 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
02/05 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
02/06 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
02/07 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
02/08 Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
02/29 Germany – TBA
03/02 Drammen, Norway – Union Scene
03/03 Gothenburg, Sweden – Traedgarn
03/05 Kyiv, Ukraine – N.A.U Theatre
03/07 Moscow, Russia – RED
03/08 St Petersburg, Russia – Aurora
03/10 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
03/11 Milan, Italy – Live Club
03/13 Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
03/14 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
03/15 Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
03/17 France – TBA
03/18 France – TBA
03/19 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
03/20 Eindhoven, Netherlands – Prognosis Festival
03/22 Show Brno, Czech Republic – Sono
03/24 Kosice, Slovakia – Colosseum
03/25 Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra

Sons Of Apollo (Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) Finish Mixing & Mastering New Album

Sons Of Apollo (ex-Guns N’ Roses, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) have finished mixing and mastering their new album. Keyboardist Derek Sherinian confirmed the news in the below tweet:

Sons Of Apollo (Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) Share Live Video For Cover Of Aerosmith’s “Dream On”

Sons Of Apollo (ex-Guns N’ Roses, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) have shared a new video for their live cover of Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” The clip is an “unreleased outtake” from the band’s “Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony” release, which was released on August 30. That effort documents the band’s September 22, 2018 show at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, which saw them performing with a full orchestra and choir.