Chris Loomis

Sons of Apollo @ The Glasshouse – 01/24/2020

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The five-headed monster known as Sons of Apollo have kicked off 2020 with a new album – MMXX (released January 17) and are now out on the road supporting the new release with a short North American Tour. Joining this progressive supergroup in the opening slot is multi-instrumentalist Tony MacAlpine.

Often described as a virtuoso, Tony MacAlpine was the perfect opening band for Sons of Apollo as MacAlpine has played individually with many members of that band in the past. With his advanced six string shred techniques along with playing keyboards (often simultaneously), MacAlpine and his band took the crowd through a progressive roller-coaster to kick off the night. This would not be the last The Glasshouse saw of Tony MacAlpine on this night.

Nobody seems to like the term supergroup but there is no other way to describe Sons of Apollo . . . with Mike Portnoy on drums (former Dream Theater, Winery Dogs), Derek Sherinian on keys (former Dream Theater), Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (former Guns n Roses) on guitars and Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, this group collectively is without a doubt a supergroup – end of story.

The band opened the show with the blistering track “Goodbye Divinity” off the new album and played 7 of the 8 songs off MMXX throughout the set demonstrating how strong the new material is. These songs mixed in with ones from the debut album made for 90 minutes of progressive magic. Bumblefoot and Sheehan both sporting double neck instruments each put on a spectacle on their respective musical weapons with Sheehan shining on his bass solo that has the veteran musician playing the bass like it was a guitar – making sounds that you just won’t heat from anyone else.

Portnoy at one point asked the crowd who has heard the first album,  then asked if they have heard the new album, then asking for those that have never heard Sons of Apollo and wondering what they were expecting then stated they might be there to hear Jeff Scott Soto sing ”I am a Viking” (a song that Soto sang when with Yngwie Malmsteen) and Bumblefoot proceeded to noodle some of that song while Soto sang a verse – funny moment indeed.

The band played tribute to the late Neil Peart by playing a bit of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” in the middle of “Wither to Black”. Soto has a unique voice that just fits so perfectly with these musicians and each one of their songs is just so powerful both musically and vocally.

The band ended the set with the epic 11 minute masterpiece “God of the Sun” before bringing Tony MacAlpine back out for the encore to jam out Deep Purple’s “Burn” and the night ended with “Coming Home” off Psychotic Symphony. Sons of Apollo delivered in every way possible and these guys are the MUST SEE band of 2020. Be sure to grab a ticket and head to the show when they hit a town near you!

Sons of Apollo Setlist:

Goodbye Divinity | Fall to Ascend | Signs of the Time | Wither to Black (with Tom Sawyer by Rush snippet) | Asphyxiation | Labyrinth | Billy Sheehan – Bass Solo | Lost in Oblivion | Desolate July | King of Delusion | Alive | New World Today | Figaro’s Whore | God of the Sun

Encore: Burn (Deep Purple cover with Tony MacAlpine) | Coming Home

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