Sons Of Apollo Releases New EP; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Rock super group Sons of Apollo has a new release available now.

The band has released a new six-song EP promoting its new single ‘Alive.’  The EP –essentially a maxi-CD — features the album take of the song as well as a radio edit, exclusive acoustic take and three companion Spanish language takes of the song.  The Spanish language versions, like the English language versions, are the album take, radio edit and acoustic take.

The record’s release is in anticipation of the band’s upcoming Latin/South America tour, which runs from April 5 to April 15.  The tour includes performances in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.  Along with the sing’s special new release, the band has also released a Spanish language take of the ‘Alive’ video, which is streaming online now here while the English version is streaming here.

Front man Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, SOTO) said of the single’s Spanish language release that it was intentional, and that his vocals were in fact his own, rather than overdubbed.

“It was discussed we should do a Spanish language version of ‘Alive’ before our first tour of South America, and I was excited to make it work,” Soto said.  “I brought in my close friend Alex to help with the translation as well as coach me on my enunciation.  I am not fluent in Spanish, so it was a difficult process, but it sounds pretty damn cool now that we made it work.  I think my favorite part is hearing Bumblefoot singing in Spanish!”

Bumblefoot, properly known as Ron Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), said he was especially optimistic about audiences hearing the song’s acoustic take.

“I love stripping down a song to its simplest form, showing the core of what the song is,” Thal said.  “The acoustic version of ‘Alive’ has that naked vulnerability, and shows what a great lyricist and melody-maker Jeff is.”

 

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

While the band is currently pushing its upcoming Latin/South America live dates, they are not the band’s only dates.  The band also has a North American leg that runs a little more than a month from April 19 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to May 26 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  That schedule will be followed by an extensive European schedule that takes the band through summer and fall.

Drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Transatlantic, Liquid Tension Experiment) said of the live dates that he has been anticipating presenting the band’s new album live.

“Ever since this lineup assembled to make Psychotic Symphony, the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane this band is going to be on stage,” Portnoy said.  “Well, the wait is almost over!  Here are the first U.S. dates that will get to witness this ‘five-headed musical spectacle’ live on stage in February.  We plan on being on tour all year long, all over the globe, with plenty of dates now being announced with summer festivals throughout Europe, but these are the very first shows that will get to witness this amazing lineup in person for the first time.  We can’t wait!”

The band’s current tour schedule, including its upcoming Latin/South American dates, is noted below.

Check out SONS OF APOLLO at any of the following stops:
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Thu 4/5             Monterrey, Mexico         Escena
Fri 4/6               Mexico City, Mexico      Circo Volador
Sun 4/8             Santiago, Chile              Teatro Teleton
Tue 4/10            Buenos Aires, Argentina            Groove
Thu 4/12            Porto Alegre, Brazil       Opinião Bar
Sat 4/14            São Paulo, Brazil           Tropical Butanta
Sun 4/15           Belo Horizonte, Brazil    Music Hall
Thu 4/19            Montreal, QUE.             Corona Theatre
Fri 4/20             Toronto, ONT.               The Opera House
Sat 4/21            Grand Rapids, MI          The Intersection
Sun 4/22           St. Louis, MO                Delmar Hall
Tue 4/24            Lawrence, KS                Granada Theater
Wed 4/25          Denver, CO                   Summit Music Hall
Fri 4/27             Las Vegas, NV              Brooklyn Bowl
Sat 4/28            Sacramento, CA            Ace Of Spades
Sun 4/29           Portland, OR                 Hawthorne Theatre
Mon 4/30          Seattle, WA                   The Showbox
Wed 5/2            San Francisco, CA        The Regency Ballroom
Thu 5/3             Los Angeles, CA           The Belasco Theatre
Fri 5/4               Anaheim, CA                 House Of Blues
Sat 5/5              Tempe, AZ                    Marquee Theatre
Mon 5/7            San Antonio, TX            Alamo City Music Hall
Tue 5/8             Dallas, TX                     Canton Hall
Wed 5/9            Houston, TX                  Scout Bar
Fri 5/11             Nashville, TN                 3rd & Lindsley
Sat 5/12            St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theatre
Sun 5/13           Minneapolis, MN           Varsity Theater
Tue 5/15            Cleveland, OH               House Of Blues
Wed 5/16          Philadelphia, PA            Theatre of Living Arts
Fri 5/18             New York, NY               Playstation Theater
Sat 5/19            Worcester, MA              The Palladium
Sun 5/20           Washington, D.C.          The Howard Theatre
Sat 5/26            San Juan, PR                Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré
Fri 6/22             Clisson, France             Hellfest
Sat 6/23            Dessel, Belgium            Graspop
Sun 6/24           Milan, Italy                    Teatro Degli Arcimbodi
Tue 6/26            Prague, Czech Republic Futurum
Wed 6/27          Leipzig, Germany          Hellraiser
Sat 6/30            Barcelona, Spain           Be Prog My Friend
Sun 7/1             Maidstone, U.K.                        Ramblin’ Man Fair
Mon 7/2            Motherwell, Scotland     Motherwell Concert Hall
Tue 7/3             Belfast, Ireland             Limelight
Wed 7/4            Dublin, Ireland               Tivoli Variety Theatre
Fri 7/6               Knislinge, Sweden         Helgeafestivalen
Sat 7/7              Brighton, U.K.               The Haunt
Sun 7/8             Nottingham, U.K.           Rescue Rooms
Sun 7/14           Eindhoven, Netherlands Dynamo MetalFest
Fri 8/3               Wacken, Germany         Wacken Open Air
Sat 8/18            Warsaw, Poland            Prog In Park
Sun 8/19           Budapest, Hungary        Barba Negra Track
Mon 9/10          Osaka, Japan                Big Cat
Tue 9/11            Tokyo, Japan                Liquid Room
Wed 9/12          Tokyo, Japan                Liquid Room
Sat 9/15            Raismes, France           Raismes Fest
Wed 9/19          Moscow, Russia            Glavclub
* Sat 9/22          Plovdiv, Bulgaria           Roman Amphitheater
Mon 9/24          Athens, Greece             Fuzz Club
Wed 9/26          Tel Aviv, Israel               Barby Club
Sun 9/30           Glasgow, Scotland        The Garage
Mon 10/8          Zurich, Switzerland        Complex
Fri 10/12           Paris, France                 Elysee Montmartre
Sat 10/13          Toulouse, France           Very Prog Festival
Mon 10/15         Lyon, France                 Radiant-Bellevue
Tue 10/16          Strasbourg, France        La Laiterie
* A Very Special Evening with SONS OF APOLLO and the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony.
More information on Sons of Apollo’s new EP/maxi-single, its new live schedule and more is available online now at:
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