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Zakk Wylde, John "JD" Deservio and Brian Tichy on Derek Sherinian's new album "Blood Of The Snake"
Posted: May 15th, 9:58 pm 
World-renowned keyboardist Derek Sherinian returns with his 5th solo effort, titled Blood of the Snake due out on August 1st from Inside Out Music. Heralded for his unique blend of progressive rock, jazz/rock fusion and metal, Sherinian continues to push the envelope with Blood of the Snake. Once again, Sherinian has a surrounded himself with an all-star lineup, including Billy Idol, Slash, Yngwie Malmsteen, Dream Theater?s John Petrucci, Black Label Society bassist John "JD" DeServio and long-time collaborators Zakk Wylde, Simon Phillips, Tony Franklin, and Brian Tichy.

The lead single from Blood of the Snake is the cover of Mungo Jerry?s ?In the Summertime,? which features Idol on vocals and Slash on guitar. The song, a loose, easy-go-lucky summer jam has been a longtime favorite of Sherinian?s and benefits from both Idol?s smooth delivery and Slash?s sweet guitar licks.

?"In The Summertime" was my favorite song when I was 3,? begins Sherinian. ?Billy started singing it one day at soundcheck, and we started jamming on it. We agreed it would be a great song to cover one day. Slash was the perfect guitarist for this track."

Wylde also gives his vocal talents a go, appearing on the brooding ?Man With No Name,? which resembles classic-era Ozzy Osbourne.

?Zakk sounds like vintage Ozzy on this track,? acknowledges Sherinian. ?He sings and plays great on this song."

Sherinian, who can now been seen on tour with Malmsteen, has made a name for himself with stints in such high-profile acts such as KISS, Alice Cooper, and Dream Theater. His last release was 2004?s Mythology, which garnered worldwide acclaim from both fans and press alike, utilizing the talents of Wylde, Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Steve Lukather (TOTO) and Allan Holdsworth.

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