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Derek Sherinian releases Making Of Phoenix documentary

Derek Sherinian
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Keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion, Sons Of Apollo) has released a new documentary about making his recently released solo album The Phoenix. You can watch the video in full below.

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 (opens in new tab)Joe Bonamassa (opens in new tab)Zakk Wylde (opens in new tab)Steve Vai (opens in new tab)Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (opens in new tab) and Megadeth (opens in new tab)’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 (opens in new tab) and Michael Schenker (opens in new tab). 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.” 

Get The Phoenix.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.