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Queensryche

Formed: 1980
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Queensryche News

Below is our complete Queensryche news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Author Seeking Crowd Funds For Download Fest Book

Author Ian Carroll has launched a crowd funding campaign to release a book about the many bands he has interviewed at the Download festival.

Full details on the campaign and perks for contributing can be found at Kickstarter here. Carroll comments:

"In 2005 I started to write the book of the Donington & Download Festival (including Monsters Of Rock at Milton Keynes).

"I was coming to the end of completing the Official Book of the Reading Festival and saw Donington as the second release in my 'Festival Series' of books, covering my favourite festivals that I attend every year - Donington/Download Festival is the longest running rock festival in the UK, covering all genres from rock to classic rock, Emo to Screamo, Punk to Hardcore, Black Metal to Death Metal and every style in between, plus in the last 5 years the addition of drum & bass and dance - the festival that caters for all.

"I have traveled the length and breadth of England interviewing bands and artists for the book and have had some great times in amongst the hard work. I've also had many phone interviews from Metallica to Testament, Lordi to Staind, Alice Cooper to Queensrÿche and also what was possibly one of the legend Ronnie James Dio's last interviews, prior to cancelling his final UK tour." More...

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Queensryche Posts Mini Movie "Ad Lucem"

Queensrÿche issued the new mini movie entitled "Ad Lucrem," which features the tracks "Spore," "Midnight Lullaby," "A World Without," and "X2" from the self-titled debut album released earlier this year via Century Media Records (see review here).

The movie was created by Veva Entertainment Co. and directed by Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby. Check it out here:

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Queensryche Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Legendary Seattle act Queensrÿche is almost done with a mini-movie including tracks from the band's current self-titled album (reviewed here).

The tracks - "Spore," "Midnight Lullaby," "A World Without," and "X2" - provide the score to a 10 minute story, dubbed "Queensrÿche: Ad Lucem," which is expected to be released later this month. Check out a behind the scenes look at the movie below.

The film was created by Veva Entertainment Co. with director Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby and producer Marco De Molina. It was filmed last month on location at Central City Stages in Los Angeles.

You can also see the band live:

11/15 Portland, ME Asylum
11/16 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
12/14 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
01/03 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
04/17 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
04/19 Ucasville, CT Mohegen Sun Casino More...

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Queensryche Premieres New Music Video "Redemption"

Queensryche premiered the new music video for the track "Redemption" over at Prog Magazine's website at this location (also shown in the player below). The song appears on the latest self-titled release out now on Century Media Records (see review here).

The video features scenes from vocalist Todd La Torre’s first shows with the band and the initial recording sessions. Check it out here:

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Queensrÿche Films Mini Movie

Queensrÿche recently filmed a "mini movie" with the tracks, "Spore," "Midnight Lullaby," "A World Without" and "X2" providing the score to a 10-plus minute story, dubbed "Queensrÿche: Ad Lucem." The film was created by Veva Entertainment Co. with director Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby and producer Marco De Molina and was filmed last month on location at Central City Stages in Los Angeles. The release date of the mini movie was not yet revealed.

Vocalist Todd La Torre, issued the following statement: "We decided to take a different approach with this video, which is comprised of four pieces of music from our latest self-titled release, Queensrÿche. It's a conceptual mini-movie music video that invites the audience to scratch beneath the surface a bit, rather than the usual "chewed food" that so many are used to being fed. We really wanted to deviate from a performance type of video so the music and story-line could be the main focus."

La Torre also adds, "The overall theme of the song Spore is one that deals with personal demons, relationship struggles, career pressures, personal/professional morals and ethical dilemmas. These are issues we all face on some level and the video touches upon them all. Midnight Lullaby/A World Without deals with the loss of a mother during childbirth, leaving a father as a single parent and struggling to move forward through the turmoil. X2, though it opens up our album, provides for a nice outro to it all. The end result is a roller coaster of emotion in an effort to find a healthy resolve. Given our history, we feel that this multifaceted conceptual video, along with a great cast of actors to suit, will really resonate with our fans." More...

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Queensryche Posts Monsters Of Rock Cruise Footage

Queensryche posted live footage of the band performing the classic song "Queen of the Reich" on the 2013 installment of the Monsters of Rock Cruise. The audio was taken from the deluxe version of the new album "Queensrÿche" (see review here) which is available now via Century Media Records. The video was filmed and edited by Dave "Ravage" Stabley and Chris Golden for A Big Bad Dog Production.

Check it out here:

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Queensryche Posts "Fallout" Video

Queensrÿche has launched an official music video for the "Fallout" single, which comes off the band's new self-titled album (reviewed here). Check it out below.

The video was filmed in Gelsenkirchen, Germany during the annual Rock Hard Festival this past May and features footage from the band's set and some behind the scenes shots.

Queensrÿche is Todd La Torre (vocals), Michael Wilton (guitars), Parker Lundgren (guitars), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). More...

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Queensrÿche Streaming Third New Track "Fallout"

Queensrÿche, the progressive metal band now fronted by Todd La Torre (Ex-Crimson Glory), is streaming the third new track "Fallout," ahead of the release of the highly anticipated new self-titled LP. The album drops June 24, 2013 (EU) and June 25, 2013 (North America) via Century Media Records.

The track listing for "Queensrÿche" is:

1. X2
2. Where Dreams Go To Die (streaming here)
3. Spore
4. In This Light
5. Redemption (streaming here)
6. Vindication
7. Midnight Lullaby
8. A World Without
9. Don’t Look Back
10. Fallout
11. Open Road

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Queensrÿche Streaming New Track

Queensrÿche, the progressive metal band now fronted by Todd La Torre (Ex-Crimson Glory), is streaming the second new track "Where Dreams Go to Die." The song appears on the band's highly anticipated new self-titled LP, which is scheduled for release on June 24, 2013 (EU) and June 25, 2013 (North America) via Century Media Records.

The track listing for "Queensrÿche" is:

1. X2
2. Where Dreams Go To Die
3. Spore
4. In This Light
5. Redemption (streaming here)
6. Vindication
7. Midnight Lullaby
8. A World Without
9. Don’t Look Back
10. Fallout
11. Open Road

Check out "Where Dreams Go To Die" here: More...

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Queensrÿche Unveils Album Artwork & Track List

Queensrÿche, the progressive metal band now fronted by Todd La Torre (Ex-Crimson Glory), announced that the band's highly anticipated new release will be self-titled and will be issued on June 25, 2013 (pushed back from June 11th) via Century Media Records.

Drummer Scott Rockenfield commented on the album: "This gets said often by a lot of bands, but we believe we have recorded some of our finest music in years. The collaborative effort of everyone on this album is something we are extremely proud of. Working with Jimbo and the addition of Todd has revitalized the band in ways we never knew until we heard the final results. We know you have to wait a little longer but are excited for all of our fans to hear it. Queensrÿche wouldn’t be in this position if not for your unwavering support!!"

The track listing for "Queensrÿche" is:

1. X2
2. Where Dreams Go To Die
3. Spore
4. In This Light
5. Redemption (streaming here)
6. Vindication
7. Midnight Lullaby
8. A World Without
9. Don’t Look Back
10. Fallout
11. Open Road

The album's artwork can be seen here: More...

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Queensryche Levels The Unsuspecting Casino Crowd

A funny thing happened on the way to the Wolf Den…. Ever since the brief stint as Rising West and then the subsequent departure of Geoff Tate, I’ve taken back to Queensryche like white on rice. It was hearing “Rage For Order” in some of my earliest days as a metal fan and being blown away at the song writing and (at the time) daring approach of the band that lured me in. I was hooked. Going back to “The Warning” and the first EP made that even better. The anticipation of “Operation: Mindcrime” reached a fever pitch as I waited for the record store to open on the day of its release. “Empire” continued the greatness and it seemed as though nothing could stop them. “Promised Land” was solid, but then Chris DeGarmo departed after the lackluster “Hear In The Now Frontier” and from that point on it seemed to free fall all the way to the “thing” that was “Dedicated to Chaos.”

Sure, I can spout off for hours as to my personal opinions on Geoff Tate for the 15 years that came after DeGarmo left…all the way to his eventual ousting and “media firefight” that came over the last year. However, that would only give more publicity to his version of the band, which I glowingly call “FakeRyche.” The good news is that with the hiring of Todd La Torre (who I was following on Facebook with his string of covers of Queensryche and old Crimson Glory material) and release of the new song, aptly entitled “Redemption,” the band is back on track and I am proud to be “that fan” once again. More...

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Queensryche Streaming Full New Song "Redemption"

Queensryche is streaming the new track "Redemption," from the band's upcoming LP with new vocalist Todd La Torre (Ex-Crimson Glory). The yet untitled LP is scheduled for release on June 24, 2013 (EU) and June 25, 2013 (North America) via Century Media.

Check out "Redemption" here:

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Savage Messiah Announces Show With Queensryche

British shred-heavy melodic metallers Savage Messiah have confirmed a show with American progressive heavy metal legends Queensryche in the Netherlands. Savage Messiah will be supporting the Todd La Torre-fronted Queensryche at De Effenaar in Eindhoven on April 26th. Also performing are Swedish rockers Mother Misery.

Savage Messiah lead guitarist Joff Bailey comments: "We're thrilled to announce that we will be opening for Queensrÿche on April 26th in Eindhoven! Queensrÿche have been a big influence on us and it's awesome to be chosen to go and play a show with them! We had some killer shows in Holland last year and are really looking forward to going back and thrashing out with all the Savages we met over there!"

Tickets for the show are available now at this location.

Savage Messiah has also been confirmed as a headliner for the Metal Gods festival at the Intake Club in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on May 26th. Keep your eyes peeled for more up-to-date news and announcements at the band's Facebook profile.

Savage Messiah's latest album, "Plague of Conscience," is available now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl LP.

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Queensryche Signs With Century Media

Queensryche is poised to regain its place as hard rock/heavy metal royalty in 2013. The band has just signed a new label deal with Century Media for the release of a latest studio album.

The album is slated for release on June 11th and marks the debut album from the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre (Vocals), Michael Wilton (Guitars), Parker Lundgren (Guitars), Eddie Jackson (Bass) and Scott Rockenfield (Drums).

The band premiered a snippet from a new song called "Redemption" from the upcoming release on Eddie Trunk's radio show on February 22. The 90-second snippet can be found right here.

"Queensryche is excited to begin writing this next chapter of our career with Century Media. Their passion and love for music has been apparent since early discussions and we are pleased to call them partners on this journey," states bassist Eddie Jackson. "We are also thankful for all of the fans who have supported us from day one and helped us get to where we are today. Todd, Scott, Parker, Michael and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for each and every one of you." More...

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Queensryche Streaming "Redemption" Preview

Queensryche is streaming a preview snippet of the new track "Redemption." The song will appear on the band's yet untitled new album, which is targeted for release in 2013. The album is the first to feature new vocalist Todd LaTorre, who replaced the outgoing Geoff Tate in a highly publicized split last summer.

Earlier this month, LaTorre resigned from Florida power/progressive act Crimson Glory stating: "Crimson Glory was the catalyst that exposed me to the world as an undiscovered vocalist, and I am very thankful to them. Special thanks also to the amazing fans for their acceptance and support of not only Crimson Glory, but their continued support to me as an artist. Lastly, I sincerely wish my friends in Crimson Glory the absolute very best, both personally and professionally."

Check out "Redemption" here: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Snakes in Paradise

As the holidays approach a look at some packaged DVD/CD sets, new releases on the horizon, and yes, one hard-to-buy-for Christmas recommendation. More...

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Queensryche Posts First Teaser Trailer For New LP

Seattle based progressive rock/metal act Queensyrche posted up the first trailer for the upcoming new album and first of the Todd La Torre era. La Torre replaced former vocalist Geoff Tate after a string of bizarre events leading up to his dismissal resulting in the ongoing legal action with his former members.

In a recent post on Facebook La Torre described the new material, which is expected for release in the first half of 2013, as follows: "Trust me, you will hear a severe difference in sound, style, and writing in the new Queensryche record as compared to the last several albums."

Check out the first trailer here:

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Sunday Old School: Queensryche

Given the recent headlines about Bellevue, Washington natives, Queensryche, along with Sunday Old School’s promise last month to cover more progressive bands, it seemed inevitable that the band in question would soon be appearing in our Sunday column. Queensryche began life in 1981, originally using the moniker, The Mob, formed by two members of a heavy metal covers band named Cross + Fire. The duo (guitarist Michael Wilton and drummer Scott Rockenfield) soon added to their ranks by recruiting bassist Eddie Jackson, and a second guitarist, Chris DeGarmo. Initially they had trouble finding a vocalist, but the group was able to convince singer Geoff Tate, who fronted another band named Babylon, to perform with them at a local rock festival. Tate refused to commit to the band at first, citing a lack of interest in performing heavy metal, though he was soon coaxed back to The Mob to record vocals for their demo tape, but returned to his current band at the time, Myth, soon after. The Mob soon changed their name at the urging of their manager, taking the tag, Queensryche from a song on their demo tape, which by now had been circulating worldwide and received massively positive feedback from such publications as Kerrang!, which proved to be enough to finally convince Tate to join the group on a full time basis.

The reception to their demo led to Queensryche signing a major label deal with EMI Records, immediately finding chart success when their self-titled debut EP (a re-release of their demo) entered the Billboard Charts at number 81. After performing their first tour together, the band flew to London to begin work on their first full length album, which hit the shelves in September 1984 under the mysterious title, "The Warning." The album climbed twenty places higher than their EP and found success overseas, particularly the song, "Take Hold Of The Flame" which was a hit in Japan. In addition to this commercial success, Queensryche were hired to support Kiss on their Animalize tour and soon released their second album, "Rage For Order," a more glam orientated affair than their previous work and laden with keyboards, but continued their commercial success, hitting the charts in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as reaching number 47 on the Billboard Charts. More...

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Geoff Tate Fires Back At Queensrÿche

In a rebuttal interview on Rolling Stone.com, former Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate, who was recently sacked from the band, fired a return volley towards the band he was in for thirty years. In the interview, Tate stated that the band fired him via legal letter to his lawyer and that an ongoing lawsuit is in the works which will "get ugly."

The following are some excerpts from the full article:

On the firing:

Q: Do you know why they decided to push you out of the band?

Well, I think it's economically driven, mostly. I'm a 25 percent holder in our companies. I think it's just business in their minds. Cut me out and then split 25 percent and hire some young guy that's gonna work for a weekly wage so they make more money. It's just ridiculous.

Q: You'd think they'd make more money with you in the band. Now they're going to be presumably splitting up a smaller pie.

It doesn't may any sense. [Laughs] Neither does taking a very successful merchandising company and giving it over to somebody else and then paying them more money to run it. It's bad business. It's short-sightedness, and it's just ridiculous.

Q: It would seem to many that firing the lead singer is sort of a suicide move. When people buy a ticket to a concert they tend to want to hear the original singer.

It doesn’t make any sense at all. It's typical of these guys to have a very short-sighted look on everything. Why on earth would they cancel all remaining Queensryche shows? How are they gonna survive economically? And then, by that action, you’re completely alienating the promoters, who you work with closely to book shows for you. So now the promoter is left holding the bag, and that doesn’t make the promoter want to work with you again. So here they fire everybody in our organization and don’t hire anybody to take care of the business, all the websites, all of our merchandising companies, all that stuff. There’s nobody running it right now. They locked it all up, and there’s nobody running that stuff. Then they fired our publicist, our booking agent, they canceled all the shows, so now they have no income. What are they doing?

It doesn’t make any sense at all. And that’s what’s so difficult to stomach about the whole thing. If they had some sort of grand plan that all made sense, I could understand. [Laughs] And I’m forced to engage in a lawsuit with them now. This is not something I want to do at all. I want to make records and I want to tour and live a creative life. I don’t want to be bogged down in some legal hassle. My God, but they’re forcing me into it. I have no other way to go. I can’t give up my life’s work and walk away from it. These are my ideas, my concepts, my life, that I’m writing about. What are they gonna do – hand it to some kid to sing?

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Geoff Tate Signs With InsideOut Music

Geoff Tate, who recently split with Queensryche, has signed a worldwide recording contract with InsideOut Music.

"I'm very excited to join forces with InsideOut Music," says Tate of his multi-album deal. "They are very committed to progressive music and care deeply for their artists, working together with them to bring music lovers worldwide some of the most compelling rock music available."

The following press release was also issued by InsideOut:

"As the frontman of Queensryche, Geoff Tate has sold more than 20 million records and received four Grammy nominations. The band's landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust their unique social consciousness, expertly crafted lyrics and progressive style into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered the band to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles 'Silent Lucidity' and 'Jet City Woman.'

"By the time Queensryche released Promised Land in 1994, Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind progressive metal's most innovative force in mainstream music. Queensryche have released 12 studio albums, with one of their most overlooked gems being American Soldier in 2009, Tate's ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans." More...

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