Supergroups are apparently all the rage now, and the latest incarnation of supergroups to grace the music industry is Sons of Apollo – consisting of Jeff Scott Soto, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan, Bumblefoot and Mike Portnoy – came to Playstation Theater in NYC on Friday night to kick ass with a prog metal performance for the ages in support of the band’s debut album, Psychotic Symphony, running through 16 songs – some of which were rather long – including a handful of covers and a solo each by Sheehan and Sherinian.
Portnoy has been in what seems like every metal supergroup after his Dream Theater career ended – Adrenaline Mob, The Winery Dogs (also with Billy Sheehan), Transatlantic, Flying Colors and Metal Allegiance – he’s even played with Twisted Sister and Avenged Sevenfold after The Rev died, and everything he’s done has been a success in one way or another. None of his supergroups have quite reached the heights of DT, but Sons of Apollo have a chance to be the best thing Portnoy’s done since then, with the likes of Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal in the mix and Jeff Scott Soto, who is one of the million lead singers for holiday sensation Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Normally, this is where I get into what the band played, but does any of that really matter? If you’re reading this, you already know anyway. What was much more interesting than the tunes off the album were the covers the band went through – including the theme from the TV show Pink Panther, The Prophet’s Song/Save Me by Queen and the Van Halen classic And the Cradle Will Rock… along with the obligatory Dream Theater (duh) songs Just Let Me Breathe and Lines in the Sand. Sons of Apollo put a bow on the set with Coming Home as Soto – who, by the way, is a local boy from Brooklyn – thanked the crowd for making the trip back to his hometown that much more special.
What else is there to say about the band? Everything Mike Portnoy touches turns to gold, and with Bumblefoot and Billy Sheehan on board, there’s no shortage of things Sons of Apollo can do. How long this supergroup lasts will depend entirely on how long Portnoy wants to run with it, but I’m hoping this one sticks for a while. Photo gallery below: