The Sons Of Apollo and Black Country Communion keyboardist Derek Sherinian will launch The Phoenix on September 18 through InsideOut Music and it will be the musician’s first solo outing since 2011’s Oceana.
Once again, Sherinian has teamed up with drummer Simon Phillips, who not only plays drums but also co-produced and co-wrote the album. Sherinian comments: “I truly feel that this is my best solo record to date. Simon and I put a lot of energy into the writing, and I am grateful to all of the great players that contributed to this recording. It is always an amazing experience to be able to work with Simon. He’s been a hero of mine for ages, ever since I heard him playing on albums with Jeff Beck and Michael Schenker. And he is such an invaluable part of the way this new record has come out.”
There are a number of top line guests featured on The Phoenix, as has been the case in the past for Sherinian. Musicians such as bassists Tony Franklin, Jimmy Johnson and Billy Sheehan (Sherinian’s bandmate in Sons Of Apollo) plus guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Zakk Wylde play on the album. In addition, others are welcomed into the fold for the first time. For instance, there’s master guitarist Steve Vai. Sherinian says: “Steve Vai has always been on my hit list. But it was when I played keyboards on the Generation Axe tour of Asia in 2017 that I asked him to play on my record, which he gladly accepted”. Also present are Sons Of Apollo bandmate Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth). Sherinian comments: “Kiko and I have known one another for about 20 years. But this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play with him.”
The album features 8 tracks, including a cover of Buddy Miles Them Changes, and will be released as a Limited Edition Digipak CD, 180g LP + CD & as Digital Album.
The Phoenix track-listing:
1. The Phoenix
2. Empyrean Sky
3. Clouds of Ganymede
5. Temple of Helios
6. Them Changes
7. Octopus Pedigree