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Queensryche

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

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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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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."

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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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Queensrÿche Splits With Geoff Tate

According to Billboard.com (full article at this location), Queensrÿche and singer Geoff Tate have parted company over "creative differences." Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre was tapped to replace Tate, as prior to this report the remaining band members went on to form Rising West with the vocalist.

Rumors have been circulating about trouble in the Seattle progressive metal band's camp including the band's recent performances in Brazil and culminating with Geoff Tate's statements to the crowd at Rocklahoma 2012.

In an excerpt from the exclusive story with Billboard, drummer Scott Rockenfield was quoted as saying:

"Over the past few months, there have been growing creative differences within Queensryche. We want our fans to know that we hoped to find a common resolution, but in the end parting ways with Geoff was the best way for everyone to move forward in a positive direction. We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors. We can't wait to bring Queensryche to our fans with Todd behind the microphone."

Billboard could not get a comment from Tate through his agent Jeff Albright of the Albright Entertainment Group prior to running its story.

La Torre made it clear that he has no intentions on leaving Florida act Crimson Glory, stating on his Facebook page: "I am not a 'former member' of Crimson Glory. Both bands are fully aware of my involvement. Crimson Glory is still alive and well, and we are continuing to write material for the new record. Queensryche enters a new chapter, buckle up." More...

Read the full article at Billboard.

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Rising West Denied Access To Queensryche Website

Rising West, the new band comprised of Queensryche members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren along with Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre, were denied access to the Queensryche website and Facebook Page in an effort to promote the band's upcoming appearances and live events. In the latest post on the Rising West Facebook Page, the band stated:

"We are being denied access to our own facebook page and website (meaning Queensryche) so please spread the word for about Rising West. Rising West will be on KISW 99.9 this Thursday around 4:30. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at our shows!"

This is just the latest in an unraveling situation in Queensryche camp where rumors have been circulating the web that vocalist Geoff Tate has had multiple altercations with the rest of the band, although these rumors have not been substantiated. Just after the announcement about the creation of Rising West, management for Queensryche issued a statement denying the rumors of internal issues with the band and stating the members will be pursuing other ventures for a while.

Over the recent Memorial Day weekend, the band played Rocklahoma at which time Tate told the crowd that "they suck." The incident was caught on video (see below): More...

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Crimson Glory Singer Forms Rising West

Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre announced that he will join forces with Queensryche members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren to form the new band Rising West. The band will perform hits from the first five Queensryche albums from the S/T EP through "Empire." In addition, the band will also record a debut studio LP in the summer.

La Torre set the record straight on his Facebook page amid rumors that he left Tampa based power metal band Crimson Glory:

"Hello my facebook friends :) Just for the record and for those asking about Crimson Glory, I am NOT leaving Crimson Glory, I am embarking on another musical endeavor with the members of Queensryche. I am proud and honored to be a part of this! CG is still writing new material for our record, DO NOT WORRY :) This is going to be an amazing new chapter \m/ Thank you for all of your support!"

The band will make its debut performances on June 8-9, 2012 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle. For a taste of what La Torre would sound like singing old Queensryche, check out this performance of "Queen of the Reich": More...

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Rocklahoma Fest 2012 Lineup Announced

The full lineup has now been announced for Rocklahoma, which takes place May 25-27 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The Rocklahoma lineup is as follows:

Rob Zombie, Chickenfoot, Creed, Megadeth, Slash, Queensrÿche, Chevelle, Jackyl, Theory of a Deadman, Hellyeah, Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., Volbeat, The Darkness, 10 Years, Cavo, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, Trivium, Red, Redlight King, Art of Dying, Aranda, Janus, New Medicine, James Durbin, Eve to Adam, Falling In Reverse, Rival Sons, Anti Mortem, Gypsy Pistoleros, Lillian Axe, Wildstreet, Firstryke, Black Tora, Sunset Riot, The Glitter Boys, Fist of Rage, Switchblade, Scarlett, S.E.X. Department, Ragdoll, Down & Dirty, Hessler, Lynam, Diemonds, Ruff Justice, Soulicit, Rocker Lips, Mine Enemies Fall, Echo Vendetta, A Good Fight, Sweatin’ Bullets, Through the Thorns, Absence of Ink, For the Broken, EchoFuzz, Shotgun Rebels, Stun, Dagger, Unwritten Rulz, Desi & Cody, David Castro Band, McCuin, We the Ghost, Tiranico, Baron Von Swagger, TwoFold, Aformatic, Delay the Day, and Jamco Industries. More...

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Fates Warning European Tour And One Date In Brazil

U.S. progressive metal icons Fates Warning will be returning to Europe for a headlining tour in March 2012 and also a first-ever visit to South America (as special guests for Queensryche in São Paulo, Brazil on April 14th), before resuming songwriting work on a new studio album.

Fates Warning have now confirmed that Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob/Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold) will be once again joining the band as stand-in drummer on it's show in Brazil, commenting the news as follows:

“We're pleased and excited to announce that Mike Portnoy will be our special guest drummer for our April 14th show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We had a great time playing with Mike back in 2005 at the Headway festival in Holland and we're happy that he's able to help us out again. We'd also like to make it clear that Bobby Jarzombek is still the drummer for Fates and will be with us for our European shows in March as well as on the new record we're currently working on. Unfortunately, Bobby committed to another gig on the same day (ironically, in the same city) before this show was planned."

Here is also an update on the upcoming European headlining dates:

FATES WARNING – European Tour 2012:

March 5 - Verviers (Belgium) - Spirit '66
March 6 - Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
March 7 - Paris (France) - Nouveau Casino
March 9 - Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
March 10 - Reichenbach (Germany) - Bergkeller
March 11 - Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal
March 12 - Bochum (Germany) - Matrix
March 14 - Munich (Germany) - Backstage *
March 15 - Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar
March 17 - Bratislava (Slovakia) - MMC
March 18 - Prague (Czech Republic) - Exit-Us
March 19 - Budapest (Hungary) - A38
March 21 - Bucharest (Romania) - Jukebox Club
March 22 – Sofia (Bulgaria) - Mixtape 5 Club
March 24 - Moscow (Russia) - KKZ
April 14 - São Paulo (Brazil) - HSBC Brasil + Queensryche

* As special guests to “Vargas + Appice + Shortino”


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Queensryche Performing On ShipRocked Cruise

ShipRocked cruise guests will be in for a special performance from Queensryche next month when the band plays "Operation: Mindcrime" in it's entirety. “We’ve always enjoyed performing for our fans in intimate settings and the forthcoming ShipRocked cruise will certainly be one of those occasions,” states Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate, who returns with the band for their second ShipRocked cruise. “We’re calling this one ‘Mutiny on the Mindcrime.'” More...

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Queensryche Enters Billboard Charts

American progressive metal veterans Queensryche have entered the Billboard album charts with their latest studio album, "Dedicated To Chaos" at number seventy after selling around eight thousand copies in the United States. The record has also found success north of the border, where it entered the Canadian album charts at one hundred and twenty one. The album is available everywhere now through Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records.

Queensryche also recently posted a music video online for the song "Get Started." The "Dedicated to Chaos" track listing and artwork can be viewed below.

1. Get Started
2. Hot Spot Junkie
3. Got It Bad
4. Around The World
5. Higher
6. Retail Therapy
7. At The Edge
8. Broken
9. Hard Times
10. Drive
11. I Believe
12. Luvnu
13. Wot We Do
14. I Take You
15. The Lie
16. Big Noize More...

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Queensryche Posts New Music Video Online

American progressive heavy metal veterans Queensryche have posted their new music video online for the song, "Get Started." You can check it out by heading over to the band's official website here, (registration is required.) The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "Dedicated To Chaos," which is out now via Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records.

The album's artwork and track listing can also be viewed below.

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Queensryche Reveals New Album Details

Progressive metal veterans Queensryche have revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming new album. The new full length, titled "Dedicated To Chaos," is set to be released on June 28th, 2011 through Roadrunner's Loud & Proud Records imprint. You can view the album's tracklisting below.

1. Get Started
2. Hot Spot Junkie
3. Got It Bad
4. Around The World
5. Higher
6. Retail Therapy
7. At The Edge
8. Broken
9. Hard Times
10. Drive
11. I Believe
12. Luvnu
13. Wot We Do
14. I Take You
15. The Lie
16. Big Noize

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