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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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Halcyon Way Completes Recording New Album

Atlanta progressive metal band Halcyon Way has completed the tracking for their new CD, to be released in late Spring through Nightmare Records.

The album was produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Svartsot) and guitarist Jon Bodan. Drums were engineered by Mike Froedge (doubleDrive, Bloodsimple, Speed X) at Open Sky Studios in Atlanta. Lammert is mixing the album at his studio, LSD-Tonstudio in Germany. The new release is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut by the band, "A Manifesto For Domination." It features the debut of new vocalist Steve Braun (Ashent, Siloam), as well as a guest appearance by Pamela Moore of Queensryche fame. More...

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Halcyon Way Parts Ways with Vocalist, Sean Shields

The Atlanta, GA based progressive metal band Halcyon Way has parted ways with singer Sean Shields due to creative differences. Taking over on vocals for the Nightmare Records recording artist is Steve Braun, known for his work with Italian progressive-metallers ASHENT, who have released two records via Lion Music.

"I'm really excited and humbled by the opportunity to jam with these guys, and I'm looking forward to help take the band to the next level on the new record," said Steve. More...

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Queensryche Seeking Military Fan's Family Photos

Queensrÿche has issued the following statement about seeking family photos from fans in the military for an upcoming music video:

"Submit your photo to be included in a Queensrÿche video and you will be entered to win an ESP LTD Michael Wilton signature series guitar signed by Queensrÿche. Queensrÿche's touching ballad ‘Home Again’ from their latest album American Soldier has really struck a chord with the military community and now the band wants your help making a video. Queensrÿche is asking members of the military to submit pictures of themselves with their families to be featured in the upcoming music video for the song ‘Home Again.’

"Photos can be uploaded from 7/14/09 - 7/26/09. One grand prize winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. No purchase necessary. To read the official rules, click here. More...

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Queensryche Australian Tour Support Announced

Conducting a world tour on the back of their latest release, “American Soldier,” Queensrÿche has included Australia on its itinerary and will perform what will be known as Extended Suites: Rage For Order/American Soldier/Empire.

The support acts for the upcoming Queensrÿche tour have also been announced and they are:

Perth - 27th August - Capitol (over 18) w/ Voyager (WA), Darker Half (NSW)
Brisbane - 29 th August - HI FI Bar ( over 18) w/ Arcane (Qld), Darker Half (NSW)
Melbourne - 30 th August - BIllboards (over 18) w/ Eyefear (Vic), Darker Half (NSW)
Sydney - 31st August - Metro Theatre (All Ages) w/ Eyefear (Vic), Darker Half (NSW)

Tickets are now available from www.JustSayRock.com.au and Ticketek (Perth, Melbourne and Sydney).

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Live Video Of Queensryche Available Online

Bloodbath.ro has posted a new live video clip online of Queensrÿche performing the song "Empire" in Bucharest, Romania on June 28th. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Queensryche Announces North American Tour

Queensryche has announced the second leg of their North American tour in support of their latest studio album, "American Soldier."

The tour dates are as follows:

October 28 - Columbus, Ohio - Newport Music Hall
October 29 - Indianapolis, Indiana - The Vogue
October 30 - Ft. Wayne, Indiana - Pierres
October 31 - St Louis, Missouri - The Pageant
November 1 - Joliet, Illinois - Rialto Square Theatre
November 2 - Fargo, North Dakota - The Venue
November 4 - Missoula, Montana - Wilma Theater
November 5 - Spokane, Washington - Knitting Factory
November 6 - Boise, Idaho - Knitting Factory
November 7 - Stateline, Nevada - Harrahs
November 10 - Houma, Loisiana - City Club
November 11 - Nashville, Tennessee - The Cannery
November 12 - Atlanta, Georgia - Masquerade
November 13 - Jacksonville, Florida - Plush
November 14 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - Revolution

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Onslaught And More Added To Hard Rock Hell III

The third edition of the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales has added some more bands to the current bill. The event will now feature performances from British thrash metal legends Onslaught as well as Evile, Toxic Holocaust and Susperia. The festival will be held between December 4th - 6th in Prestatyn in North Wales.

The lineup is now as follows:


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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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