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Formed: 1980
From: Seattle, WA, United States
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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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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell III

The organizers of the British rock festival Hard Rock Hell has announced that Angel Witch, Demon and Witchfynde are the latest bands to be added to the festival lineup. The event will be held in Prestatyn in North Wales at the Pontins resort.

The lineup so far is now as follows:


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Queensryche To Broadcast Full Concert Online

Queensrÿche will take their acclaimed American Soldier Tour online by broadcasting an entire show live in high definition at cdpulse.tv. When the band takes the stage at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on May 19 at 8PM ET, fans worldwide can watch a high definition stream of the performance live as it happens. Fans can gain access to the show by purchasing an e-ticket at cdpulse.tv for the cost $5.95 for an advance ticket or $7.95 for a ticket on the day of the show. The show can be viewed virtually worldwide in high definition clarity via premium content delivery access systems featuring 43,000 servers in 17 different countries. For more details and technical information, please visit cdpulse.tv.

As with all shows on the American Soldier Tour, Queensrÿche will be performing three separate suites during the two hour performance, each focusing on a different album. The show opens with a suite from the band’s 1986 gold album "Rage For Order," including some tracks the band has not played live in over 20 years. The second suite focuses on the new epic concept album "American Soldier," which was released on March 31 from Atco/Rhino. The Soldier suite features guest vocal performances by Navy rescue swimmer and Blue Angels crew chief A.J. Fratto on the intense set opener "Sliver" and lead singer Geoff Tate’s daughter Emily on the moving ballad "Home Again." The final suite revisits 1990’s triple platinum opus "Empire" with performances of some of the band’s most beloved tracks including "Jet City Woman," "Silent Lucidity," and "Best I Can."

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Testament and Queensryche to Guest on WVOX

Testament and Queensryche are scheduled to guest on New Rochelle, NY's WVOX's "Metal Mayhem" show, with host Matt O'Shaughnessy, on Friday, May 1st.

San Francisco metal legends Testament will be on at 7:30 to talk about their Billboard charting CD, "The Formation of Damnation," their stint on the Judas Priest "Metal Masters" tour and much more.

At 9pm, Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate will speak about the band's new concept album, "American Soldier," and their upcoming show at New York City's Nokia Theatre.

You can listen to the show on 1460 AM or at wvox.com

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Queensryche Enters Billboard Album Charts

Progressive heavy metal band Queensryche has entered the Billboard Top 200 albums chart with their latest studio effort, "American Soldier." The album debuted at the number 25 position and 21,000 copies in its first week of release. The album focuses on the armed forces and the trials and tests they endure while serving their country.

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Headbangers Ball Program for March 28

Tonight's Headbangers Ball will air from 10PM-12AM on MTV2 (note new time for this week only) and will be hosted by Queensryche. Here's the lineup:


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Queensryche's "If I Were King" Video Premieres

The video for "If I Were King," the first single from Queensrÿche's highly anticipated new album "American Soldier," made its worldwide debut today on Military.com. The military community site, 10 million members strong, will also feature a podcast interview with lead singer Geoff Tate as well as an op-ed column that he wrote exclusively for the site.

The video for "If I Were King" was directed by J. Andrew Colletti and Jonathan Williams and addresses the same themes of loss and healing that are the focus of the track. The song was written based on an interview Tate conducted with Sean Lenahan, a veteran of U.S conflicts in Somalia and Kosovo.

"Military.com is the perfect place to premiere the 'If I Were King' video and we are proud to be involved with the site," says Tate. "I hope their members can find a connection to the song and video. The whole album is a tribute to the soldiers, told in their own words, sometimes using their own voices, and I hope it will spark discussion within this community."

"American Soldier" features a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Tate, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts - from World War II to Iraq - Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of war from the soldier's perspective.

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Tim "Ripper" Owens To Release Solo Album In May

Former Judas Priest and Iced Earth frontman, Tim "Ripper" Owens will be releasing his first solo album this May, entitled "Play My Game." The album boasts a large number of guest musicians including Jeff Loomis of Nevermore, Vinny Appiece of Heaven And Hell, Megadeth's James Lomenzo, Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, former Megadeth/current F5 bassist David Ellefson, Michael Wilton of Queensryche and many more.

Says Owens: "I’ve gotten better as a songwriter. And I also write songs that the fans can really get into and get their fist pounding in the air. I’ve always been a great fan of the Black Sabbath line-up featuring Ronnie James Dio, and I love Judas Priest. Both bands delivered records that are straight forward and go directly to the bloodstream – which also happens to be my compositional approach."

The release dates for "Play My Game" are as follows:

Germany / Austria / Switzerland: May 15th
UK / rest of Europe: May 18th
USA / Canada: May 19th

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Saxon Added To South Texas Rock Fest

British heavy metal legends Saxon are the latest act to be confirmed for the South Texas Rock Fest which will be held in San Antonio, Texas between May 22nd and May 24th. Also on the bill are Queensryche, Dangerous Toys, Days Of The New, Helix, The Rods, Seven Mary Three and Sponge. More bands are expected to be announced soon.

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Queensryche Parts Ways With Gutarist Mike Stone

Queensryche has issued the following statement about the departure of guitarist Mike Stone:

"Mike Stone has decided he will not be touring with Queensryche this spring. We will miss him. He is a wonderful player and has contributed to our lives musically and spiritually. We wish him the best and hope to see him succeed in everything he chooses to participate in. He adds this statement:

"After much consideration, I will not be joining Queensryche on the 2009 American Soldier Tour. I feel now is the time to focus on other musical endeavors, including my new band Speed X with Nick Catanese of Black Label Society. I would like to thank all of the Queensryche fans around the world for being nothing less than amazing to me during my time with the band. You have treated me like gold, and I will never forget it. It has been an honor to be a part of the Queensryche family, and I wish Geoff, Michael, Scott and Eddie nothing but the very best." - Mike Stone

"If you wish to stay in touch with Mike and follow his musical projects go add his official MySpace and band MySpace. I know he will appreciate hearing from you all!"

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Queensryche Reveals Details Of New Album

Queensrÿche envisions war through the eyes of a soldier with the band's twelfth studio release, the epic concept album "American Soldier." The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group's singer and chief songwriter, who was intent on telling their story using their words.

After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts -- from World War II to Iraq -- Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of the life of a solider and the consequences of war. "American Soldier" will be available from Atco/Rhino on March 31 for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $9.99 (digital).

The first single, "If I Were King," will be released to radio and digitally on March 3rd. More...

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Anthrax Band Members To Appear At NAMM 2009

New York metal band Anthrax has announced that their members will be appearing at the 2009 NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA. The dates and times are as follows:

Friday, January 16th:
Signing: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Frank Bello:
Signing with: Herman Li and Sam Totman (Dragonforce), Matt Bachand and Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), John 5 (Rob Zombie) and JD DeServio (Black Label Society)

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Charlie Benante
H2 drummers signing with John Tempesta (The Cult), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), Barry Kerch (Shinedown), Carmine Appice, Peter Erskine

Saturday, January 17th:
Signing: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello and Rob Caggiano
Signing with: George Lynch (Lynch Mob / ex-Dokken), John 5 (Rob Zombie) and Michael Amotto (Arch Enemy) More...

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Queensryche Announces North American Tour Dates

Queensryche has announced an extensive North American tour in support of their forthcoming new studio album, "American Soldier."

The tour dates are as follows:

16 - Snoqualmie Casino - Seattle, WA
17 - Snoqualmie Casino - Seattle, WA
18 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
19 - Senator Theater - Chico, CA
22 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
23 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
24 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
25 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
26 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT
28 - Paramount - Denver, CO
29 - Voodoo Lounge - Kansas City, MO
30 - Potawatomi - Milwaukee , WI

1 - Potawatomi - Milwaukee, WI
3 - Northern Lights - Walker, MN
5 - Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
6 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
7 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
8 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
10 - Palace Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
12 - Turning Stone Casino - Verona, NY
13 - Palace Theatre - Stamford, CT
14 - Starland Ballroom - Sayerville, NJ
15 - Nokia Theater - New York, NY
16 - Showboat - Atlantic City, NJ
17 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
19 - Ruth Eckerd - Tampa, FL
20 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
21 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
22 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
23 - Hemisfair Park - San Antonio, TX
24 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX

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Queensryche To Perform At Hendrix Tribute Shows

Queensryche will help celebrate the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix by performing on two select dates of this year's Experience Hendrix 2008 Tribute Tour to take place on Wednesday, November 5th at the INB Performing Arts Center in Spokane, Washington and Thursday, November 6th at The Paramount Theatre in the band's hometown of Seattle, Washington which, of course, was also the hometown of Jimi Hendrix.

Both of these particular performances -- part of a nationwide 19 city tour that began on October 15th in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire -- will feature such other artists as Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Gales, Buddy Guy, Robby Krieger, Jonny Lang, Chris Layton, Mato Nanji and Hubert Sumlin among others.

Geoff Tate is certainly excited to take part in it all commenting, "Jimi Hendrix is not only a Seattle legend but a world legend. I feel it's such a privilege to be included on this tour and to have a chance to play his music with such a talented group of musicians." More...

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Queensryche Announces New Album Title

Progressive rockers Queensryche has announced that brand new studio album will be entitled "American Soldier" and that it finds the band once again exploring the realms of a concept album.

"Queensrÿche has always had incredible support from members of the Armed Services," says Tate. "It seems like after every show, I'd end up speaking with a fan that was or had been involved with the military. The more and more I began to hear their accounts and feelings, the more I really felt a conviction to tell their story. Over the last two years, I've conducted dozens of one-on-one interviews with veterans of many different American wars. I listened to their amazing and moving recounts and did my best to examine war through their eyes."

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Big Names Announced For Metal Christmas Album

A new metal christmas album named "Metal Christmas" has been announced which will feature some of the biggest names in heavy metal music taking part with the following tracklisting confirmed:

"Run Rudolph Run"
Vocal/bass: Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Guitar/vocals: Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)
Drums/vocals: Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS)

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Vocal: Alice Cooper
Bass: Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG/ NIACIN)

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Vocal: Ronnie James Dio
Guitar: Tony Iommi (Heaven And Hell/ Black Sabbath)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (WHITESNAKE/DIO)
Drums: Simon Wright (AC/DC/DIO) More...

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Jeff Wagner Writing Book On Progressive Metal

Bazillion Points Publishing has announced the first definitive book on the elusive world of progressive metal, written by esteemed metal crusader and prog manic and THE END RECORDS staff member Jeff Wagner. Scheduled for release in Autumn 2009, the book will detail the common movements of pioneers like OPETH, WATCHTOWER, VOIVOD, ATHEIST, DREAM THEATER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, CELTIC FROST, SIGH, and FATES WARNING — metal bands who have gone against the tide of tradition and conservatism. Linked by a desire to push heavy metal forward, these varied bands with a couple hundred other black sheep form the hard-to-pin-down category of "progressive metal."

Beginning with the hugely influential mid-1970s efforts of Canadian band RUSH, Wagner's book explores the shared lineage of prog rock and metal. He unfurls the huge tapestry and examines the sounds and styles created during the genre's 40-year history, including: the "Big Three" — QUEENSRŸCHE, FATES WARNING, and DREAM THEATER; extreme prog pioneers VOIVOD and CELTIC FROST; Norway's post-black metal avant garde (ULVER, ARCTURUS, VED BUENS ENDE, BEYOND DAWN, etc.); and of course the huge global movement of Big Three-worshippers in the 1990s and the leaders that emerged (AYREON, SYMPHONY X, etc.). The vastness of what can be considered "progressive metal" has proven to be one of the most viable, malleable forms in all of modern music. More...

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Metal Church Announces Tour Dates

Seattle 80s metallers, Metal Church, have confirmed the following tour dates:

8/02 – Maplewood, MN - Myth (w/ Judas Priest)
8/03 - TBA
8/05 - Warren, MI - The Ritz
8/06 - TBA
8/07 - Southbridge, Mass - ADC Performance Center
8/08 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
8/10 - Yonkers, NY - The Haunt
8/12 - Raliegh, NC - Volume 11
8/14 - New Port Richey, FL - Burbon Street
8/16 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Roberto Clemente Coliseum (w/ Queensryche)

More dates will be announced soon.

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The Bitches are Back

Known for her arsenal of BC Rich guitars - affectionately called "bitches" by those who play them - and her talent for ripping things up as good as the next guy, Lita Ford shredded things up last night at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK, a four day rock and metal fest featuring bands from the '80s like Queensrÿche, Warrant and Tesla.

Joining her on stage were Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.) on drums, Teddy Cook (Dio) on Bass, Michael T. Ross (Bent Pussycat) on keyboards, and Tom Cavanagh (Angel) on guitar.

According to Rocklahoma's official website this is Lita's first show in 15 years, not counting the warm-up gigs she did around New York earlier this month under the guise of a Lita Ford tribute act called Kiss Me Deadly.

After gaining notoriety for her guitar skills with The Runaways, Lita left the all-female rock group to forge a solo career in 1979, scoring huge hits with tunes like "Gotta Let It Go," "Kiss Me Deadly," and "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.

At the height of her career, Lita toured with some of the biggest acts in rock and metal, heavy hitters like Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, proving that girls could play guitar and helping introduce a once male-dominated genre to legions of head-banging chicks across the globe.

The Queen of Metal recently signed on with Coallier Entertainment , a New York-based label that also houses Foreigner and Twisted Sister on their roster. Does this mean we can expect a new album from the metal glamazon? This mother of two is keeping mum, but rumours of a press conference on Monday should reveal if her hiatus is finally over.

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Queensrÿche Frontman Goes Solo

Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate has just announced through the band’s website that he will be performing three solo shows to promote the release of Insania, a red wine he co-created with the Washington-based Three Rivers Winery.

“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. With a limited production, I hope everyone who loves wine will join me in this wonderful new venture," says Tate of his alcohol-infused concoction.

I’ve heard of signature guitars, but signature blends?

According to a press release from Three Rivers, Geoff and the winery have similar tastes when it comes to grapy beverages. "We share this passion for wine and have put together a powerful blend that represents Geoff. We feel so fortunate to be working with such a well-respected artist that is also a friend," says winemaker Holly Turner of the German-born singer.

Geoff’s first show is scheduled to take place at the Three Rivers Winery in Walla Walla, Washington on September 20, 2008. His first engagement without the band in six years, he will perform music from his self-titled solo album, as well as a few Queensrÿche tunes. Rumour has it there will also be some samplings of his latest creation.

Geoff’s Insania Red Wine is currently available for pre-order through the Three Rivers Winery site and will be shipped out in February 2009.

As for the band, they’re not crying over any spilled grapes. Queensrÿche are slated to perform tonight with Geoff in the driver's seat at the South Texas Rock Festival in Boeme, TX and on July 13 at Rocklahoma in Pryor Creek, OK. Visit the progressive metal act's home on the Net for a listing of several other U.S. performances scheduled throughout August.

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Queensryche and Dokken Rock Atlantic City

In the 1980's, when metal ruled MTV and the radio airwaves, two of the greats from the era are the legendary Queensryche and Dokken. When the news of this pairing for a 2008 tour was released, fans made sure they purchased their tickets early. They did not want to miss what was sure to be an evening that evoked long-lost memories and truly great music. There were many surprises in store on this tour--even more that usual.

Queensryche is known for their social awareness, and being artists who do more than write music about it, they take action and get their fans involved too.

During their Mindcrime I and II tour in 2006 they partnered with Buell motorcycles and VH1 to raise money for the Save the Music foundation, fans donated and got to ride along with vocalist Geoff Tate and guitarist Mike Stone from one venue to the next on their one of a kind custom motorcycles Eric Buell designed especially for Stone and Tate.

I do not have the exact tally of the funds raised for Save the Music Foundation, but I understand it to be in excess of $80,000.

Mike Stone told me both he and Geoff Tate are very passionate about music programs remaining in the schools and that it offers children a chance to grow and develop creatively. It is in fact one the reasons Stone is a musician today. Seeing Queensryche live is proof positive that the world and our children stand to lose too much that can be derived from music programs, so they must be kept going, period. More...

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