2000 News Archive


Special message from Derek...

Wow! Been a while since the last update!

Derek has been pretty busy writing new material in the studio along with Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather and Simon Phillips.

Here's a special message that he would like to say to his fans :

Hello Friends,

I am about 90% complete with my new solo CD ( I still have no clue for a title) It has been an especially incredible experience working with Simon Phillips on this project. It will be released on BigMF Records in Japan, and InsideOut for America and Europe.

Kevin Shirley has been kind enough to mix the song "Frankenstein" featuring Zakk Wylde for me. Kevin maybe mixing some more tracks for me next year.

Some of the other song titles are : Inertia, Mata Hari,Goodbye Porkpie Hat, What a Shame, and Oh Effluvius.

It has been a productive year for Planet X. We have toured in Europe, Japan, Canada, and 30 US shows.
We have decided to cancel all of our January/February dates, so we can begin writing our second CD in February 2001 shooting for a fall release.

Also for those of you that are intersted, PLATYPUS has disbanded. Ty Tabor and I have started a fresh project that will most likely feature Gregg and Matt Bissonette. I will keep you posted on this.

I wish all of you a great holiday season!



Derek in the studio!

Derek is in the studio recording with Simon Phillips and Tony Franklin for his new solo CD. Zakk Wylde and Steve Lukather will be featured on guitar. Stay tuned for more information.


More information on Japan clinic...

Here is some more information about the clinic that Derek will perform along with the Planet X gig at Club Shibuya On Air West while he's in Tokyo, Japan.

Venue is at Ikebe Gakki -
Ribore studio Part 2 101 st. / Akihabara-Tokyo
Sunday, October 15th.
Starts at 15:00 (Tentative)

Note : The first 50 persons who buy or order KORG CX-3 Combo Organ or TRITON-Series Music Workstations including new TRITON-Rack from September 15 through October 15 at Ikebe Gakki can get the ticket for clinic.

For more details contact Ikebe Gakki (attn: Mr Yanagi).
Tel : 03-3862-0069


2 students left to fill for Japan gig.

If you are still interested in getting a close-up keyboard lesson while Planet X is in Japan on October 16th, there are 2 more spots left to fill! Be sure to E-mail Derek right away to reserve your spot.

Remember that lessons are 30,000 YEN for an hour and are limited to two hours per student. You can record or videotape if you wish.

Speaking of videotapes, there are a couple of video downloads over at Planet X's official website. You can check out Derek go crazy on the keyboards!

Don't forget to let the fans know what you think on the official Planet X Messageboard!


Baked Potato b-day gig review!

Check out the recent review from Detritus on Derek's Baked Potato birthday gig. They mention Gilby Clarke, Dave Weckl, and more as some of who were present at the party!


Planet X to perform at the Montreal Drum Fest 2000!

One of the world's biggest drum meet is approaching, and Planet X will be performing to WOW the whole crowd! You can catch Derek on Nov. 3rd at the Montreal Drum Fest!
At 7pm, Planet X (Derek Sherinian, Tony MacAlpine, Dave Larue, Virgil Donati) will be performing at full force at the main hall.
WOW! What a show that will be!

Some notable drummers that will be there are also Simon Phillips, Gregg Bissonette, Tommy Aldridge, Robbie Ameen, Tommy Igoe and MUCH more!

Here is the address for those of you that want to know WHERE the event is held :

November 3-4-5, 2000

Venue: Pierre-Mercure Hall
300, boul. de Maisonneuve East
Montreal, Quebec

Tickets: (450) 928-1726 (all reserved seating)
E-Info : Ralph Angelillo <angelillo@videotron.ca>


Stratovarius/Planet X dates cancelled...

Due to a mishap to a member of Stratovarius in a pyro accident, they were forced to cancel the upcoming Mexican dates on Sept 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The tour dates have been updated.


Derek's upcoming Birthday at the Baked Potato!

Derek would like to invite all of his fans to the Baked Potato show which happens to be just in time for his birthday.

Here's a letter from Derek :


Please help me celebrate my 34th birthday Friday, August 25 at the Baked Potato Hollywood.
PLANET X will play, and there will be some special guests sitting in.
Show starts at 9:30pm. Please mark on your calendar.

See you there,


Also, there are some tentative dates for the Fates Warning/Planet X tour. Check out the tour dates for more information. Looks exciting!


Derek Interview on "ProgSheet" and Japan gig update.

Check out the recent interview taken with Derek Sherinian over at Progsheet. Derek talks a little about his past, his inspirations and the future for Planet X! Check it out for a good read!

Also, more information on the Planet X Japan gig on Oct. 16th :

The show will take place in Tokyo, Japan at Club Shibuya On Air West @ 7 pm. The ticket sales will start on August 27th. Promotor: Club Citta.


Planet X LIVE on KNAC!

Be sure to check THIS out! Derek Sherinian, Virgil Donati and Tony MacAlpine get ready to hit the KNAC studios on Thursday, August 10th 2000 @ 9AM PT. Be sure to tune in!

More details on the Planet X interview can be found on the KNAC website.


Study with Derek in Japan!

Derek will only have time to teach 10 students during his stay in Japan in October. The first 10 students that e-mail Derek will be able to reserve a 1 hour lesson period. Go ahead and e-mail him right now! You might be JUST in time!

Lessons are 30,000 YEN for an hour and are limited to two hours per student. You can record or videotape if you wish.


Planet X touring with Fates Warning!

That's right! Fates Warning will have Planet X along with them on their tour from Oct. 21st to mid-Nov. Be sure to check out the tour dates for more information. A lot of the tour dates will be rescheduled.


Planet X southwest tour!

Check out the tour dates section for info on the new Planet X southwest tour! Also, keep your eyes glued on the official Planet X site to get updated news and information on the band!


Get your copy of Universe from Planet X right here!

If you are dying to hear the new Planet X album "Universe" where Derek is totally ripping the solos, you can do so by sending a money order to :

Derek Sherinian
3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #442
Studio City, CA


Derek Sherinian's "Leopard Room" featured on Mackietone.com

Derek Sherinian's Leopard Room studio, is currently featured on Mackietone.com. Sections of the article are taken from the Keyboard Magazine feature mentioned below.


Derek Sherinian's "Leopard Room" featured on Keyboard Online!

Derek Sherinian's Leopard Room studio, is currently featured on Mackietone.com. Sections of the article are taken from the Keyboard Magazine feature mentioned below.

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