During in a recent interview with Rock Pages TV from Greece, Sons of Apollo keyboardist Derek Sherinian talked about the writing sessions of their debut album “Psychotic Symphony”.

He has mentioned AC/DC and Van Halen and said:

“I just started pumping ideas out, and a lot of them were progressive, and some of them were, like, straight-up hard rock, like AC/DC, Aerosmith [and] Van Halen. I really wanted to make sure that I wasn’t putting labels or limits on what I was writing — I just wanted to let it flow out. I sent everything to Mike [Portnoy], and he loved it all, and so we let the music write itself in a sense.

I will say that originally, when we put Sons of Apollo together, the plan was to be more of a continuation of what Mike and I were doing in the old act [referring to Dream Theater] — like, off of the last record [we recorded together], ‘Falling Into Infinity’ — but once we started writing, the hard rock element started coming out, classic rock.

That’s just the way it turned out. If I look at Sons of Apollo, I don’t consider us a progressive rock band at all. I consider us a hard rock band with sick-ass chops [and] virtuoso players. There’s some progressive moments for sure, but it’s based in hard rock.”

Two weeks ago, Sons of Apollo drummer Mike Portnoy  reacted to Van Halen reunion rumors and made a very special request on Twitter. He said:

“IF this is true….PLEASE take Sons Of Apollo as support!! We would be beyond honored!! Pretty much THE #1 band we’d want to open for!

@VanHalenNews @eddievanhalen @VanHalen @DerekSherinian @bumblefoot @BillyonBass @jeffscottsoto @DavidLeeRoth @GregRenoff @Loudwire @MikePortnoy”

Watch the entire interview below. Click here to source of the statement. (Blabbermouth)