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Introducing….. SONS OF APOLLO







APOLLO: The ancient Greek and Roman God of music and poetry.

SONS OF APOLLO: The new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses, and Journey.

For the past few months, rumors have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the time has come to make the grand and highly anticipated introduction to their new band, SONS OF APOLLO.

Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian have joined forces with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force). Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, will be released October 20 on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s official YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity– a lethal combination!”

Metal Allegiance Plays Loud and Fast in Honor of the Late Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister


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January 9th was a day of celebration and mourning for the recent loss of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, former frontman of the band Motorhead, who passed away two weeks ago of terminal brain and neck cancer. The official memorial service was streamed live at the Rainbow Room in Hollywood, California and the Sunset Strip was packed with fans, rock stars, friends and family who all came out to pay their respect to the rock ’n roll legend.  The all-star band Metal Allegiance, previously scheduled at the Whisky a Go Go that night, was asked if they would play a tribute to Lemmy and they agreed.

While Metal Allegiance is an all-star metal band created by Mark Menghi and his friends David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick, (Testament), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs), this particular night was the ultimate metal jam in tribute for Lemmy with Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Additional guests included Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), John Tempesta (The Cult), Mike Tempesta (Powerman 5000), and Mikkey Dee (Motörhead).

Metal Allegiance took the crowd by storm opening up with Electric Eye by Judas Priest, lead by Mark Oseguda. Mosh pits broke out and the packed house at the Whisky was going nuts enjoying their metal idols singing their hearts out. Metal Allegiance also played songs from AC/DC, Van Halen, Sepultura, Metallica, Accept and Black Sabbath, but that was just the beginning. Then they played some of their songs from their recently released self-titled album and then got right into Motorhead songs. They played Killed by Death that got the crowd in frenzy, Ace of Spades and The Chase is Better than the Catch.  A very emotional highlight of the evening is when Mikkey Dee former drummer of Motorhead came out on stage and had everyone bow their heads for 15 seconds to show their respect for their fallen member.  Then the celebration continued with MotorHead classics and ended with a very loud Seek and Destroy by Metallica!

Two of the opening bands were Doll Skin and Cage. The girls in Doll Skin are very talented, sounded great and had killer voices, cute haircuts and bad ass attitudes! The next band Cage, sounded great as well. The vocals on Sean Peck (lead singer) were high and mighty and reminincent of Rob Halford of Judas Priest.

Lemmy touched the hearts of many musicians and it showed that night how much he was respected and idolized as a great friend and fellow Rock n’ Roller. Live Fast, Die Old. Rest in Peace Lemmy Kilmister.

By Raquel Figlo

Bonzo Bash

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Bonzo Bash 2014, The Ultimate Celebration to the Ultimate Drummer John Henry Bonham of Led Zeppelin, presented by Natal Drums and Marshall Amplification, took place at the Observatory in Santa Ana on Thursday, January 23rd. Powered by
Jagermeister and Monster Energy Drink. A Tichy/ Sutton Production.
Creator and host Brian Tichy, along with co-hosts Joe Sutton, and Mike Portnoy took turns introducing legendary drummers to the stage.
Those lucky enough to have attended the massive Zeppathon were treated to an all-star drummer lineup, each playing a song with Brian Tichy’s Led Zeppelin tribute band, The Moby Dicks with Brent Woods on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, James Lomenzo (vocals a couple songs), Stephen LeBlanc on keyboards, and Chas West on vocals who was absolutely spectacular. All drummers shared the same drum kit (few adjustments here and there to suit drummers needs) The set list flowed along well, keeping the audience captivated to their mastery.
With performances from legend guitarists, bassists and vocalists who supplemented the feast. James Lomenzo, John Fogerty, Tracii Guns, Billy Sheehan, John Hummel, Jeff Young, Robert Mason, Bernard Fowler to name a few.
Legendary drummer Bill Ward of Black Sabbath was cheered on stage and handed the Bonzo Bash Legends award. Ward gave a wonderful speech to the enamored audience.
Rock N Roll Gods played and captivated for over 5 hours to a grateful full house… Bonzo Bash 2014, drummers, vocalists, guitarists, and bass players celebration of John Henry Bonham and Led Zeppelin music was bigger than ever, an historical experience never to be forgotten.
Nearing 2:am, die hard Zeppelin fans finished off the successful bash to ‘Stairway To Heaven’ with Cortney DeAugustine, Devin, LeBlanc, Tichy, and Tracii Guns. Whew… What a night!
On Sunday, January 26 2014, Led Zeppelin won best rock album for “Celebration Day’ at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
-Evlin Lake

Set List:
1. Celebration Day: Brian Tichy (BB Creator) Woods, Devin, West
2. The Rover: Stephen Perkins (Janes’s Addiction) Woods, Devin, West
3. Houses Of the Holy: Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Woods, Devin, West
4. The Wanton Song: Chris Frazier (Foreigner) Woods, Devin, West
5. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You: Athena (Femme Fatale / Ex Wives Of Rock) Tichy, Devin,
West, Jeff Young (former Megadeth) & Tracii Guns on guitar
6. Wearing And Tearing: Gene Hoglan (Testament / Dethklok) w/ Laura Christine on guitar, Shaun Williamson on vocals
7. We’re Gonna Groove: Jason Sutter (Marilyn Manson) Woods, Devin, West
8. Heartbreaker: Van Romaine, Steve Morse, Woods, Devin, West , Tichy
9. Communication. Breakdown: Corky Laing (Mountain)Woods, Devin, West
10. Whole Lotta Love: Matt Starr, Ace Frehley, Woods, Devin, West
11. Misty Mountain Hop: Jimmy D’Anda w/ Mick Sweda on guitar) West, James Lomenzo
(Megadeth), John Fogerty on bass
12. Four Sticks: Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Shaun Williamson on vocals, Woods, Devin, Tichy
13. When The Levee Breaks: John Hummel w/ Oni Logan on vocals, Tracii Guns on guitar,
Woods, Dev, Tichy,
14. Living Loving Maid: Seven Antonopolous (Revolting Cocks) Woods, Devin, West
15. I Can’t Quite You Baby: Khurt Maier (Salty Dog), Woods Devin West
16. Custard Pie: Simon Wright (Dio Disciples, Queensryche, AC/DC), Woods devin leblanc, Bernard Fowler on vocals
17. Dancing Days: Rikki Rockett (Poison), Robert DeLeo on guitar, Woods, Lomenzo, West, LeBlanc
18. Since I’ve Been Loving You: Dave Lombardo (Slayer/ Philm) w/ Gerry Nestler on guitar, Devin, West, Gerry Nestler (Philm) on guitar
19. Nobody’s Fault But Mine: A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister / Tred / Adrenaline Mob) Devin, West, Mike Orlando on guitar (Tred / Adrenaline Mob)
20. Kashmir: Brian TICHY Rondinelli, Tracii Guns on guitar, Woods, Devin, West, Leblanc
21. Dazed And Confused: Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Woods Devin West
22. Good Times Bad Times: (Brian Tichy & Michael Devin on vocals, Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) on bass Woods, Devin, West, TICHY drums
23. The Song Remains The Same: Ray Luzier Korn), Billy Sheehan on bass, Ray Luzier,
Woods, West,
24. Achilles Last Stand: Brian Tichy, Brent, Chas, Robert DeLeo
25. For Your Life: Brandon Kachel (Barbarian Overlords) Woods, Devin, West
26. Fool In the Rain: Will Calhoun (Living Colour) Woods, Devin, LeBlanc, Robert Mason (Warrant) on vocals
27. Out On The Tiles: Joe Travers, Woods, Devin, West
28. D’yer M’aker: Mark Schulman (Pink) Woods, Devin, West, Leblanc)
29. Immigrant Song: Thomas Lang (StOrk) Woods Devin west
30. Bonzo’s Montreaux/Night Flight: Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs) Woods, Devin, West, LeBlanc, Tichy on Timpani
31. Stairway To Heaven: Cortney DeAugustine (Montrose / Frank Hannon Band) on vocals, Devin, LeBlanc, Tichy & Tracii Guns on guitar

Photos by: Igor Vidyashev

Photos by: Matt Upton

Keep a look out for Issue 11 for more from this event!

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