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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...
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?More...
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?
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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”
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...
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
6. Retail Therapy
7. At The Edge
9. Hard Times
11. I Believe
13. Wot We Do
14. I Take You
15. The Lie
16. Big Noize More...
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.
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
6. Retail Therapy
7. At The Edge
9. Hard Times
11. I Believe
13. Wot We Do
14. I Take You
15. The Lie
16. Big Noize
American progressive heavy metal veterans Queensryche has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Dedicated To Chaos," which will be released through Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records on June 28th. You can check it out below. This will be the band's first album since 2009's, "American Soldier" and marks the thirtieth anniversary of the group. More...
Progressive heavy metal outfit Queensryche has announced that the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Dedicated To Chaos," will be released in North America on June 28th through Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud. This will be the band's twelfth studio album and the first since 2009's, "American Soldier."
Queensryche's Geoff Tate also recently appeared on a rock and metal tribute album to Frank Sinatra titled "SIN-Atra." Details are available here.
What would timeless songs like “New York, New York,” “Lady Is A Tramp,” and “Fly Me To The Moon” sound like cranked out of Marshall stacks, crooned by members of Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister, Deep Purple, Anthrax, Mr. Big, or Queensrÿche? This can now be experienced on "SIN-Atra," a brand new album to be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on March 29th, 2011.
The track listing is as follows:
1. New York, New York - Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad)
2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
3. Summerwind - Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
4. It Was A Very Good Year - Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
5. Witchcraft - Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)
6. Fly Me To The Moon - Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
7. Lady Is A Tramp - Eric Martin (Mr. Big)
8. Strangers In The Night - Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
9. High Hopes - Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway)
10. I’ve Got The World On A String - dUg Pinnick (King’s X)
11. Love And Marriage - Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
12. That’s Life - Jani Lane (Warrant)
British heavy metal legends Judas Priest has announced a series of headlining shows in the United Kingdom, as part of their Epitaph tour, which is being billed as their farewell trek. Joining them on the tour will be American progressive rock veterans Queensryche and up and comers Rival Sons.
The tour dates are as follows:
July 15 - Newport Centre - Newport, UK
July 16 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK
July 17 - The Dome - Doncaster, UK
July 19 - SECC - Glasgow, Scotland
July 20 - Metro Arena - Newcastle, UK
July 21 - Civic Hall - Wolverhampton, UK
July 24 - BIC - Bournemouth, UK
American progressive heavy metal legends Queensryche has announced that they have signed a new deal with Roadrunner Records. The band are currently working on a new studio album. Speaking on the record, drummer Scott Rockenfeld said:
"Geoff (Tate) and I have really spent a lot of time together redesigning the Queensrÿche thing, which you’re going to love. It’s huge rock but with a great dance vibe to it, real modern dance. It’s kind of like Rage (For Order) through a time tunnel, bringing it into the now. There are a lot of electronic elements to it. It’s a big rock thing that is going to have a lot of color to it - it’s good and really intense."
Legendary progressive metallers Queensryche have revealed details regarding the band's upcoming re-release of the band's classic album "Empire." The re-issue set is to include two audio CDs, five postscards and a full sized flip out poster. "Empire: 20th Anniversary Edition" is set for release on September 14th, 2010 through Capitol/EMI Records.
"Empire: 20th Anniversary Edition" tracklisting:
Disc 1 (original CD remastered with bonus tracks from 2003 reissue):
1. Best I Can
2. The Thin Line
3. Jet City Woman
4. Della Brown
5. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
8. Silent Lucidity
9. Hand On Heart
10. One And Only
11. Anybody Listening?
12. Last Time In Paris
13. Scarborough Fair
14. Dirty Lil Secret
Disc 2 (live tracks recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on November 15, 1990):
2. Walk In The Shadows
3. Best I Can
4. The Thin Line
5. Jet City Woman
7. Roads To Madness
8. Take Hold Of The Flame
9. Silent Lucidity
10. Hand On Heart
Geoff Tate, vocalist of the legendary progressive metal act Queensryche, has announced two additional bottle signings in his tour promoting the launch of his new wine brand "Insania Wines."
The two new dates are set to take place in Houston, Texas and Addison, Texas.
2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2410 Smith Street
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Centennial Fine Wines & Liquors
Geoff Tate, vocalist of the iconic progressive metal act Queensryche, has announced details regarding the upcoming "bottle signing" in support of Tate's new line of wines called "Insania."
The bottle signing is set to take place on wednesday, July 21, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at the Wine Exchange located at 2368 N. Tustin in Orange, California.
Geoff Tate commented by saying:
"Wine has been an important part of my life and the creation of 'Insania' is yet another avenue to express my creativity and give my fans something more they can enjoy. I hope to keep producing wine as long as I enjoy drinking it… and that's likely going to be for a very long time."