Sons of Apollo @ The Belasco Theater – 05/03/2018
The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, steps from the garment district and skid row, hosted Sons of Apollo on May 3, 2018. Sons of Apollo are out on their North American tour in support of their debut album Psychotic Symphony.
House lights dim, cue Van Halen’s “Intruder” track transitioning into “God of the Sun” which accompanies the band taking the stage. The Sons of Apollo tapestry is the background for tonight’s show. Keyboards on house left, drum set on house right.
This giant band command the stage with the immense voice of Jeff Scott Soto, keyboardist Derek Sherinian, drummer Mike Portnoy, guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Mr. Big himself, bass player Billy Sheehan. Sons of Apollo a collaboration of talented musicians all hailing from a super groups of their own, to many to mention.
The set started with some technical microphone issues for Jeff Scott Soto and popped up again toward the end of the night at which he proved he didn’t need a mic. Jeff repeatedly thanked the Los Angeles crowd, his hometown, family and friends. The night would not be complete without Jeff singing solo, a Queen song, “Save Me” accompanied by Bumblefoot on guitar.
Bumblefoot and Sheehan both played double neck instruments for the entire set, not to mention the multiple keyboards and super colossal wall of amps dedicated just to Derek Sherinian. The set had the standard guitar solo, bass solo and a keyboard solo which included Van Halen’s “Spanish Fly” . . . missing from the night was a Mike Portnoy drum solo.
As the set came to a close and fans waited for the encore, Jeff decided to take a break at the bar located in the back of the general admission floor. Fans were wowed as he made his way back to the stage through the center of the crowd.
The show was a great mix of prog rock meets classic rock infused with a dash of Henry Mancini and smoke. Go out and support the band, buy a ticket, buy the CD. Check out Sons of Apollo on their North American tour. You won’t be disappointed.
God of the Sun | Signs of the Time | Divine Addiction | Just Let Me Breathe | Labyrinth | Lost In Oblivion | Save Me | The Prophet’s Song | Alive | The Pink Panther Theme | Opus Maximus | Figaro’s Whore | Lines In The Sand
Encore: And The Cradle Will Rock… (Van Halen cover) / Coming Home