Sons Of Apollo, the progressive metal outfit featuring the ex-Dream Theater pairing of Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian along with former Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Billy Sheehan and Jeff Scott Soto, have added a pair of Irish dates to their 2018 European tour.
Click HERE for our 2016 chat with Mike Portnoy.
The quintet, who released debut album 'Psychotic Symphony' in 2017, kicked off their much-anticipated world tour in Tampa, FL at the beginning of February as part of the 'Cruise To The Edge.' The additional dates come as part of a full European summer schedule that also takes in a stop off at Ramblin' Man Fair in the U.K.
Sons Of Apollo play Limelight, Belfast on 3rd July, and Tivoli Variety Theatre, Dublin on 4th July. The full list of scheduled dates can be viewed below.
Speaking about the dates, percussionist Portnoy says; "Ever since this line-up assembled to make 'Psychotic Symphony', the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane I know this band is going to be on stage. 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 for 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!”
In addition to the scheduled dates, the band will also play a very special show at the Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on the 22nd September, including a ‘By-Request’ covers set alongside the orchestra of Plovdiv State Orchestra.
Meanwhile, the band have just released a brand new video for the track 'Alive'. The clip can be viewed below.
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Sons Of Apollo 2018 European Dates:
22nd June – Hellfest, Clisson, France
23rd June – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
24th June – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
27th June – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
30th June – Be Prog! My Friend, Barcelona, Spain
1st July – Ramblin Man Fair, Maidstone, UK
2nd July – Motherwell Concert Hall, Motherwell, UK
3rd July – Limelight, Belfast, UK
4th July – Tivoli Variety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
14th July – Dynamo Metalfest, Eindhoven, Netherlands
3rd August – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
18th August – Prog in the Park 2018, Warsaw, Poland
19th August – Barba Negra Track, Budapest, Hungary
19th September – Glavclub, Moscow, Russia
22nd September – Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
24th September – Fuzz Club, Athens, Greece