Bass player Billy Sheehan will not be able to join SON OF APOLLO bandmates on their South American tour next month due to “travel restrictions”, according to a press release from the tour promoter, Top Link Music. His replacement on the trek will be STREAMit is Philippe Andréoli.
Top Link Music director and concert organizer Paul Baron commented on Sheehan‘s absent from concerts, saying in a statement: “Billy Sheehan will not be able to participate in the tour for personal reasons which he did not want to disclose to me, but which we respect, so both SON OF APOLLO and I, who am the tour organizer, have invited Philippe Andréoli to replace the big bassist Billy Sheehan.”
About his participation in SON OF APOLLO round, Andreoli said: “For me, it is a huge honor to replace bowl in these shows. He is one of my great heroes of bass and of history. I learned a lot watching him play.”
Sheehan is an avowed member of the Church of Scientology, which has no official position on vaccines, according to Time magazine. However, the church emphasizes the “harmful effects of drugs, toxins and other chemicals that lodge in the body and create a biochemical barrier to spiritual well-being,” according to its website. Sheehan has not publicly disclosed whether he has received the COVID-19 vaccine and it is unclear whether his vaccination status is related to his lack of SON OF APOLLOThe South American Tour of.
According to the official website of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil, proof of vaccination is required for most travelers to Brazil.
Earlier today, Sheehan taken to his instagram to share some photos of him “doing all the required vaccinations” for a Mr. BIG trip to India in 2009. He wrote: “While we were finishing a European tour in Germany, we had a very nice doctor who came behind the scenes and he did a great job vaccinating us all. As a result, I had a fabulous time in India, and came home safe and sound!”
When a fan replied in the comments section he heard bowl does not come to South America because he did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine and lamented the fact that Sheehan had to “miss this leg of the tour due to stupid restrictions”, bowl replied: “thank you for your understanding”.
Another fan wrote “back when vaccines were…well…vaccines” in reference to bowlthe 2009 inoculation, at which Sheehan replied: “exactly”.
In addition to Sheehan, SON OF APOLLO characteristics old DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy (battery) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards),Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar; ex-GUNS N’ ROSES) and Jeff Scott Soto (vocals; ex-JOURNEYex-THE RISING FORCE OF YNGWIE MALMSTEEN).
SON OF APOLLOSouth American Tour Dates:
August 09 – Curitiba, Brazil @Opera de Arame
August 11 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @Circo Voador
August 13 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @Tokio Marine Hall
August 14 – Brasilia, Brazil @ Toinha Brasil Show
August 16 – Santiago, Chile @Teatro Cariola
August 18 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @Teatro Flores
SON OF APOLLO‘ second studio album, “MMXX” (pronounced: 20/20), was released in January 2020 via Music InsideOut/sony.