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.”
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.