Sons Of Apollo
28 juni 2018, Neushoorn, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

written by Menno Von Brucken Fock
photos by Menno Von Brucken Fock

A massive world tour is what the new super group Sons Of Apollo were set out to undertake. Shows all over the globe in support of their debut album Psychotic Symphony making fans aware of the fact Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Jeff Scott Soto mean to do serious business. These guys already have been playing all over the world in different bands and found a new challenge in promoting this band.

Devault

Devault

The first show in The Netherlands was originally not planned in the northern part of the Netherlands but June 28 just happened to be a blanc spot in their tour schedule and Leeuwarden, being Europe's cultural capitol this year immediately jumped to this opportunity and booked Sons of Apollo.

Devault

Probably there wasn't enough time to book a support act matching the musicianship of the main act but instead a local band was asked to 'warm up' the audience. Five guys calling themselves DeVault tried hard to convince the people present they really were working hard to make an album and were eager to take the next step. As usual the accompanying light show was poor and so was the sound quality. Only half of the audience appeared to be present during their 45 minutes slot and none of their songs could really impress me… maybe I'm too old and/or too critical?

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

A short break followed to prepare the stage for Sons Of Apollo and around 8.45 PM the master musicians made their appearance. Thal proved to be a real show man and Jeff Scott Soto proved he is still one of the greatest rock singers to date.

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Eight from the nine songs of the album were performed by an outstanding bunch of formidable musicians, the Dream Theater cover was quite okay but the solos and the Freddie Mercury tribute by Soto were of minor interest to me. If and when these guys are capable to produce another album their live shows will be so much more exiting without what I would call all those 'fillers'. Good sound quality, nice light show, an entertaining front man with a huge switch board to support his vocal skills and strangely enough no drum solo by Portnoy.

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

The band played for about two hours but I would say that only for a about an hour their music as a band was really both impressive as well as astonishing proof of their musical craftsmanship. It proved to be quite enough to have the venue swinging and rocking. The nicely filled venue had a great atmosphere but unfortunately is was not a sold out show.

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Sons Of Apollo

Setlist

God Of The Sun Signs Of The Time Divine Addiction Just Let Me Breathe Labyrinth Billy Sheehan bass solo Lost In Oblivion Jeff Scott Soto: Prophet Song/save Me Alive Ron Thal guitar solo Opus Maximus Derek Sherinian keyboard solo Lines In The Sand (Dream Theater cover)

And The Cradle Will Rock (Van Halen cover) Coming Home

Links

Sons Of Apollo website
Neushoorn website

 


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