Derek Sherinian has announced he’ll release a new solo album later this year.
Sherinian is joined on The Phoenix by drummer Simon Phillips – who also co-wrote and co-produced the record – along with Tony Franklin, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Megadeth’s Kiko Loureiro.
Sherinian says: “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.”
Sherinian adds: “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.
“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 Phoenix will feature a total of eight tracks, including a cover of Buddy Miles’ Them Changes. The album will be released as a limited edition Digipak CD, on 180gLP/CD and on digital and streaming platforms.
Derek Sherinian: The Phoenix
1. The Phoenix
2. Empyrean Sky
3. Clouds Of Ganymede
5. Temple of Helios
6. Them Changes
7. Octopus Pedigree