Derek Sherinian - Keyboards
Virgil Donati - Drums
Tony MacAlpine - Guitar
Tom Kennedy (guest) - Bass
After working on Derek's solo record, he approached me about putting
together a band. We called this band Planet X. We recruited Tony
MacAlpine and after searching for a bass player, we decided we would
just keep it as a trio. This was the beginning of an important period
in my development as a writer of progressive music. It started with
OTV, then Derek’s record, and now I felt even more responsibility.
It felt great to have a vehicle to be able to express this side
of my musical personality, and have the world listen to it.
What a revelation when I first heard
Tony play piano! We were tracking at the Leopard room, and Tony
sat down at the piano. He was playing a Chopin etude with the ability
of a concert pianist! I was amazed. This was true genius. Not only
was he a virtuoso guitar player, but he also a great pianist. I
asked him how many of the chopin etudes he knew and he casually
said "All of them of course!".
Back to the record - I think my favorite
track is "King of The Universe" but we don’t play
it live. Maybe I will put it in some of my own shows in the future.