Get Loud 2017 with Nordoff Robbins

Get Loud is on September 13 2017. There are a series of gigs including Level 42 and Jake Bugg.

Headphone challenge …

One: Grab your headphones, pick your favourite song and sing along! Make sure you film it, ready for social media.

Two: Share your performance on Twitter or Facebook using #HeadphoneChallenge. Challenge friends and family to take part too. And why not tag the artist, who knows – they might take on the challenge!

Three: Donate £3 to help someone else find their voice with music therapy by texting LOUD13 £3 to 70070.

Cafe Nero host a series of acoustic sessions on the day.

Also on the 13 September PictureHouse appear at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. One of the artists kindly supporting my Fifty Gigs In A Day fundraising.

Fifty Gigs A Day – Spotify playlist :)

Click here for a Spotify playlist – one song each from the artists kindly supporting my fundraising efforts. A truly eclectic playlist showing the wide variety of great music out there.

50 gigs in a day

Farewell the iPod Nano and Shuffle

Apple has announced it stopping production of the iPod Nano and Shuffle. The increasing use of smartphones and streaming music has seen them become obsolete for many. Not me though, as I have both – the Shuffle for running and listening in bed at night and the Nano, for other wanderings around. I don’t use streaming outside of my home’s WiFi as I don’t have a big data allowance on my phone. Not everyone does and I like have music I like, not these endless crap playlists Spotify keep plugging. I do like creating playlists on Spotify, although you can spend ages compiling songs and then not listening much to them!

They are being replaced by an iPod Touch with storage capacity of 64GB and 128GB.


I would imagine the Nano and Shuffle will return at some point in the future, albeit as a nostalgia trend. It could be like the recent surge in cassette sales driven partly by the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ soundtrack. Until then I will keep on playing music via my iPods.


Rufus Wainwright appears at Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center on February 8 and is kindly supplying a signed item for my fundraising for the Nordoff Robbins charity. More on that soon.

Aug 16 Our Lady Of The Harbour: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Montreal, Canada Tickets RSVP
Aug 17 Our Lady Of The Harbour: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Montreal, Canada Tickets RSVP
Aug 20 Northern Stars @ Ford Theatres Los Angeles, CA Tickets RSVP
Aug 25 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany Tickets RSVP
Sep 21 Wainwright Libre! Rufus in Havana Havana, Cuba Tickets RSVP
Sep 27 Lexington Opera House Lexington, KY Tickets RSVP
Sep 28 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC Tickets RSVP
Sep 30 Atlanta Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA Tickets RSVP
Nov 28 City Winery Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
Nov 29 City Winery Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
Nov 30 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT Tickets RSVP
Dec 02 Orchestra Hall Minneapolis, MN Tickets RSVP
Dec 03 North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Skokie, IL Tickets RSVP
Dec 06 Dubai Opera House Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tickets RSVP
Dec 09 Grand Théâtre de Provence Aix-En-Provence, Francia Tickets RSVP
Dec 11 Théâtre National de Bretagne Rennes, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 12 Théâtre Anne de Bretagne Vannes, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 14 Théâtre de l’Archipel Perpignan, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 16 Comédie de Reims Reims, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 18 Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord Paris, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 19 L’Onde Velizy-Villacoublay, France Tickets RSVP
Jan 19 The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA Tickets RSVP
Jan 20 Birchmere Alexandria, VA Tickets RSVP
Jan 21 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ Tickets RSVP
Feb 08 Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center Orlando, FL Tickets RSVP
Feb 09 Knight Concert Hall at Adrienne Arsht Center Miami, FL Tickets RSVP
Feb 11 Ruby Diamond Concert Hall Tallahassee, FL RSVP
Feb 14 Capitol Theater Clearwater, FL Tickets RSVP
Feb 16 Powell Symphony Hall Saint Louis, MO

Fifty Gigs In A Day – YES

Prog rock legends Yes will kindly plug Nordoff Robbins charity when they are on their Cruise to the Edge next February. Very honoured to have their support and involvement.

Yes are Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/), plus Steve Howe’s son Dylan was recently announced as joining the band on their current tour. He will drum alongside Alan White.

CTTE2018BThey are currently touring the US with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy

Aug 04 – White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex, NC
Aug 05 – Holmes Convocation Center, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Aug 07 – Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
Aug 08 – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
Aug 10 – The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Aug 11 – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY
Aug 12 – P.N.C. Bank Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug 14 – Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA
Aug 16 – The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
Aug 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
Aug 19 – Festival Park – Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, IL
Aug 20 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, OH – A benefit for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Aug 22 – The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 23 – Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX
Aug 25 – Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Aug 26 – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Aug 28 – Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA – only Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy supporting
Aug 29 – Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 31 – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV – YES only – no support
Sep 01 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA – YES only – no support
Sep 03 – Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
Sep 05 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 07 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 08 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 11 – Bluestem Center For The Arts Amphitheatre, Moorhead, MN – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 12 – McGrath Amphitheatre, Cedar Rapids, IA – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 14 – Budweiser Gardens, London, ON – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 15 – Roc Dome Arena, Rochester, NY – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 17 – The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA – YES only – no support
Sep 18 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY – YES only – no support
Sep 19 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY – YES only – no support

SONS OF APOLLO – featuring former Dream Theater, Journey members


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, rumours 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 20th October on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s YouTube page here:

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!”

But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”

Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”

SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.

“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. SONS OF APOLLO is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”

Sherinian agrees, “We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring SONS OF APOLLO to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”



Fifty Gigs In A Day: LIFESIGNS

Proud to have progressive rockers Lifesigns involved. Their second album ‘Cardington’ can be purchased directly from the band at :
Delivery is scheduled for August 2017.

They appear on Cruise to the Edge next year between Feb 3 and Feb 8.