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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.
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.
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.
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...
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, SOILWORK and QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed for the Electric Festival, set to take place May 30-31 at John Lennon Auditorium in Getafe, Spain.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Friday, May 30:
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
Saturday, May 31:
QUEENSRŸCHE have announced tour dates for the US and Europe. Fans Stateside can reportedly expect at "Hits, Covers & Rarities" show, while European fans can expect Mindcrime I & II performed in their entirety.
Dates are as follows:
26 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
28 - Newmark - Portland, OR
29 - Big Easy - Spokane, WA
1 - Paramount - Seattle, WA
14 - Route 66 - Rio Puerco, NM
29 - Harrah's - Stateline, NV
1 - Teatro - Lisbon, Portugal
3 - La Copera - Granada, Spain
4 - Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain
6 - Rock Sound - Huttwil, Switzerland
7 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
10 - AB - Brussels, Belgium
11 - Elyesee Montmartre - Paris, France
13 - Glasgow Academy - Glasgow, United Kingdom
14 - Newcastle City Hall - Newcastle United Kingdom
15 - Leeds University - Leeds, United Kingdom
17 - Manchester Academy - Manchester, United Kingdom
18 - Wolverhampton Civic - Wolverhampton United Kingdom
20 - Norwich UEA - Norwich, United Kingdom
21 - Cambridge Corn Ex - Cambridge, United Kingdom
22 - London Indigo - London, United Kingdom
24 - Bristol Colston - Bristol, United Kingdom
25 - Southampton Guild - Southampton, United Kingdom
27 - Bang Your Head Fest - Balingen, Germany
28 - Art-Rock Festival - Netzschkau, Germany
1 - Petofi Hall - Budapest, Hungary
5 - Waldrock Festival - Netherlands
11 - Javelina Harley - Boerne, TX
1 - Wisconsin State Fair - West Allis, WI
More dates will be announced soon.
Sandy Tomcho of the Times Herald-Record recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE lead singer Geoff Tate. The question-and-answer session follows:
Times Herald-Record: Are you guys having a contest bringing fans up onstage to sing with you?
Tate: Yeah. Different radio stations are getting involved and they're holding sort of pre-contests, and there'll be three contestants and then those three will show up at our show and they'll each come onstage after Don Dokken leaves the stage. The winner gets to sing later on in our encore set with one of the cover songs.
Times Herald-Record: Some people might not know the band, but they definitely know the song "Silent Lucidity". Does that ever get old for you, or are you still very thankful for that song?
Tate: Oh no, no. It's never old for us. Every now and then we get an "Oh, you guys are still around?" Yup, we sure are. We're very proud of it. That song was a song that really connected with a lot of people, and it had a lot of record company money behind it and a lot of promotional money. Back then it was like $6,000 or $10,000 a station to put your song on the radio, and EMI, at the time, just had a lot of money to throw out and really pushed that song. That was the beauty of radio then.
Times Herald-Record: I read a review somewhere suggesting that the next time "Jesus Christ Superstar" comes around, you should be considered for the role of Judas based on what you did on your cover album, "Take Cover". What do you think about that?
Tate: It's a nice compliment. Yeah, I think I'd probably consider doing that. I love singing and I love Broadway-style musicals and presentations and I think if the right role happened along, I think I'd probably take something like that, yeah.
I just got my first movie role and I start shooting in April, which is gonna be really fun for me because I've never done anything like this before. I got a role as a villain, a character named Alder Grayson, and the name of the movie is called "House of Eternity". My part is four weeks.
Times Herald-Record: Do you have any plans to put out a new original album?
Tate: Actually, that's one of the reasons we're out touring right now. Course, the first is to promote the "Take Cover" album, and the second is to kind of get us up to speed for performance. We have a new album that we've written and we're in the recording stage now and we plan on hitting the recording studio in March when we get back. I'm not sure when it's gonna come out, but I'm sure we'll be done with it by July.
Times Herald-Record: You recently released a greatest hits album and a cover album and some of your concerts have featured actors and video. What can fans expect at the Chance [in Poughkeepsie on February 6]?
Tate: Well, we have a kind of interesting show. The stage looks kind of like an old vaudeville stage with curtains and gold trim and towers of lights. It looks like a combination of old and new technology, which is kind of fun for us, and there's no video on this particular tour. We chose to go with a focus-on-the-band approach because we're really playing a lot of our past history. We're playing something off each record and we're also focusing on a lot of songs that we haven't played in several years.
A two-minute video clip of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Nick Catanese talking about his new project — also featuring QUEENSRŸCHE's Mike Stone and DOUBLEDRIVE drummer Mike Froedge — can be viewed here.
In a recent interview with KNAC.COM, Catanese stated about how the new band came together, "Stoney and me met at the Blacktooth Bash at NAMM, we hit it off there. Then I found out he is a bass player and sings his ass off. And Mikey, he and I actually played together in bands back in my HIGH VOLTAGE days in Florida. Then he played in DOUBLEDRIVE and I knew he kicked ass. So we got a great power trio."
On the subject of the group's sound, Catanese said, "There isn't a style; we are just writing what comes out. We have no direction. We are just doing what comes out. We did three songs in Atlanta in Mike's studio, and for just a week, the three songs are cool as hell. All different styles and fresh. Doesn't sound like anything I have heard. There's one song that is very PINK FLOYD-ish meets THE BEATLES. I love it, and the solo is way Stevie Ray." More...
Seattle-based prog-metal icons QUEENSRŸCHE recently confirmed a UK headlining tour for June of 2008. The dates are as follows:
13 - Glasgow, UK - Academy
14 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
15 - Leeds, UK - University
17 - Manchester, UK - Academy
18 - Wolves, UK - Civic Hall
20 - Norwich, UK - UEA
21 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
22 - London, UK - Indigo
24 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
25 - Southampton, UK - Guildhall
The band will perform the entirety of their Operation: Mindcrime I and II albums for the very first time in the UK via the tour. This epic theatrical prog metal extravaganza will take in 3 hours, and will include an intermission, and in addition to the core members of the band, will feature actors re-enacting the storyline behind both of these compelling albums.
Says frontman Geoff Tate: “This is the most extensive stage show we have ever put together. Working with the actors and creating the different scenes helped us to really tell the story. Between ritualistic execution, working prostitutes, motorcycle crashes and everything in between, we are able to really draw the audience in to the story.”
In 2006 the band performed the entirety of both albums on a tour of North America to sell out audiences. The marathon show included a full over-the-top, theatrical production complete with surround sound, video imagery and actors portraying the concept albums’ characters onstage, as they were originally intended.
In the grand tradition of all captivating theatrical rock extravaganzas (THE WHO’s Tommy, and PINK FLOYD’s The Wall), Queensrÿche’s Operation: mindcrime I and II, is not just a typical rock’n’roll concert. Combined with the core members of the band, the production is a totally explosive and highly absorbing theatrical rock experience with actors re-enacting the storylines from both albums.
Music Street Journal correspondent Greg Olma recently caught up with QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate. The following is an excerpt from the interview:
MSJ: I saw you on the HEAVEN AND HELL tour. How did you enjoy doing the tour?
Tate: "It was great. It was really a treat to play on the same bill with those bands; two bands that were very inspirational to us when we were first starting out. The albums that BLACK SABBATH did with Ronnie were incredibly influential to us. In fact, songs we referenced when we were talking about writing our own material. In fact, Queensryche was originally called THE MOB, inspired by the Mob Rules album. And then later, Ronnie James Dio invited us on our first ever tour as an opening act and kind of gave us our start in the touring world. And Alice (Cooper) was actually the first rock show I ever saw. I saw the Billion Dollar Babies tour when I was a kid. A lot of memories, you know, attached to what it is that those guys do. And really a treat to watch them play every night and see the years of experience in playing music together. Just seeing it from a different perspective. You know, especially Tony Iommi; really underrated guitar player. [He] just does some incredible stuff. And the way he and Geezer Butler play together, the way they bend notes together, in sort of, I don’t think they think about it anymore. They have a thing they do that’s really special."
MSJ: You’re coming back to Chicago in February. What can we expect on the next tour since it is not "An Evening With…” like the last few times you came to Chicago?
Tate: "Well, we have something kind of special in mind for this. We have Don Dokken, who’s an old friend, who’s going to be opening for us solo; playing an acoustic set. Then we’re playing kind of a selection of all our records plus some of the songs that we recorded on the covers album."
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QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's instalment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place on June 27-28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany. The band will deliver a very special three-hour performance with the full "Operation: Mindcrime" sets along with a huge stage production including stage actors, dialogue intermissions, video screens and other audio-visual effects.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AGE OF EVIL
TRAMP'S WHITE LION
Seattle metal veterans QUEENSRŸCHE will embark on a UK headlining tour in June 2008. The dates are as follows:
June 13 - Glasgow Academy
June 14 - Newcastle City Hall
June 15 - Leeds University
June 17 - Manchester Academy
June 18 - Wolves Civic Hall
June 20 - Norwich UEA
June 21 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
June 22 - London Indigo
June 24 - Bristol Colston Hall
June 25 - Southampton Guildhall
QUEENSRŸCHE was recently forced to pull out of a UK tour with THIN LIZZY "due to a personal emergency."
As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE's collection of covers, "Take Cover", sold 5,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 173 on The Billboard 200 chart.
QUEENSRŸCHE's collection of covers, "Take Cover", has sold 5,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 173 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate, guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone, bassist Eddie Jackson, and drummer Scott Rockenfield put their stamp on 11 classic tracks with "Take Cover".
Not known for playing many covers live, Tate says the album gave the band a chance to relax and have some fun. "During soundchecks, Stone and Michael like to play 'name that riff,' and sometimes the whole band joins in. That's really the way this album came together too. We got together and started playing songs to each other, and then we picked our favorites."
The eclectic list of songs reflects the members' divergent tastes and includes a few surprising selections such as "Heaven On Their Minds" from the hit musical "Jesus Christ Superstar", the O'JAYS R&B classic "For Love Of Money" and an operatic epic originally performed by the Italian duo of CARLO MARRALE & CHEOPE, "Odissea". Recognized as an accomplished vocalist, Tate says he enjoyed the song's demanding arrangement. "I really like this song because there is a lot for a singer to sink his teeth into, plus I got a chance to sing in Italian, which was interesting considering I don't speak a word of it."
The set covers a lot of ground both lyrically and musically, opening with "Innuendo", QUEEN's epic song about life and death; "Almost Cut My Hair", CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG's paean to freedom; and the medieval metal of BLACK SABBATH's "Neon Knights".
"Take Cover" also features QUEENSRŸCHE's distinctive arrangement of PINK FLOYD's "Welcome To The Machine", an acoustic version of BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD's "For What It's Worth", and a highly charged live version of U2's "Bullet The Blue Sky". "We'll never top the originals; they're classics for a reason," Tate says. "We were more focused on finding different approaches that took the songs in unexpected directions."
Singing PETER GABRIEL's "Red Rain" and THE POLICE's "Synchronicity II", Tate says, were opportunities for him to explore music he'd previously overlooked. "I'd heard these songs on the radio before, but I didn't really appreciate them before the guys suggested we record them. It was a rewarding experience doing this album because it gave us all a chance to pay tribute to some of the bands that have meant so much to us over the years, and we all discovered new songs to love."
"Take Cover" track listing (original artist in parenthesis):
01. Innuendo (QUEEN)
02. Bullet The Blue Sky - Live (U2)
03. Synchronicity II (THE POLICE)
04. For What It's Worth (BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD)
05. Welcome To The Machine (PINK FLOYD)
06. Red Rain (PETER GABRIEL)
07. Neon Knights (BLACK SABBATH)
08. Almost Cut My Hair (CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG)
09. Heaven On Their Minds ("Jesus Christ Superstar")
10. For The Love Of Money (THE O'JAYS)
11. Odissea (CARLO MARRALE & CHEOPE)
QUEENSRŸCHE has issued the following update:
"QUEENSRŸCHE is disappointed to announce the unfortunate cancellation of our upcoming tour of the United Kingdom with THIN LIZZY and other shows in Europe due to a personal emergency. We'd like to thank our loyal fans for their continued support and understanding. We are looking forward to making it up to them and are currently working on a plan to return to Europe in 2008 with a production that fans have been waiting years for!"
QUEENSRŸCHE's upcoming collection of covers, "Take Cover", is available for streaming in its entirety at ArtistDirect.com.
Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate, guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone, bassist Eddie Jackson, and drummer Scott Rockenfield put their stamp on 11 classic tracks with "Take Cover" (cover artwork). The album is available November 13 at regular physical retail outlets and at www.rhino.com for a suggested price of $13.98, with a digital version also available for the suggested price of $7.99. The album will also be released on 180-gram vinyl on November 20 for a suggested price of $13.98. More...
Komodo Rock recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Komodo Rock: With the UK tour in December, what can fans expect from the show? With it being a co headlining spot with THIN LIZZY. Will you be bringing a big stage show or will it be quite toned down?
Tate: I think it will be more concentrating on the music, because we haven't toured in some of the cities that we will be playing for so many years. I think it's a good idea to expose people to selections from all the different records. The problem that we have is that we have so many darn songs. With so many records it's always difficult to figure out what we play live.
Komodo Rock: And what people want to hear?
Tate: Yeah, it's almost impossible. We can't of course play everything. It's difficult for us to decide what to play. We have a sort of betting pool going on in the band. Someone will pick a song to play then inevitably someone will say, "I'm tired of playing that song, let's play this one." There's a sort of political pop string going on trying to get the songs that you want to play on the set list.
Komodo Rock: That must be quite fun though in a roundabout way. To keep things sort of interesting for you guys?
Tate: Yeah. What we found kinda works, we keep changing the set list. We have songs that we always include and then we keep rotating other songs.
Komodo Rock: That would be good for the fans that are seeing more than one show on the tour. Do you find that you have a lot of people that do that? Come to multiple shows on the tour?
Tate: Yeah. We do actually. Through our website, our chat board and all that. They all kinda meet in clubs, pubs and restaurants then kinda carpool. It's interesting to see what people do, you know. We try to make it fun for them as well. We usually meet with people after the show and we have winners from our website where you get to meet the band. We get a whole mix of people every night. It's fun to hear the fans prospectus on the music.
Komodo Rock: That's really good. It's good to see bands really taking an interest in their fans as well. I think that's commendable in a lot of ways.
Tate: I was very surprised that a lot of bands don't do that. I've been finding out over the years we are one of the few that do that kinda thing. I actually really enjoy it. I like talking to people. I hear all kinds of interesting stories. Not just about our music but what people are going though. What their political beliefs are. We've met a lot of interesting people throughout the years that way.
Komodo Rock: When you took the HEAVEN AND HELL tour in the summer you interrupted work on the new album. Is there any more news on that at the moment?
Tate: Yeah. We've actually been working on it this week while we've been at home. We're finishing up the writing sessions for it and if all goes well we should start recording it in March. That's our plan. Then hopefully have the record ready towards the end of summer for release. We are also planning a big stage show for it sometime in the fall or early winter next year.
Komodo Rock: That will be a tour starting in America presumably, then going on from there?
Tate: I'm not sure if we are going to start in America this time. It's kinda too early to tell.
Komodo Rock: No that's cool. So when you are writing, is it a collaborative deal for you guys or do you write individual songs then bring them to the table and go he this is what I've got, what do you guys think?
Tate: Well, kinda both. Usually it's one or two people that get together and have an idea about something then they sort of spearhead the whole project, you know. Then everybody kinda comes in at different times and does their thing. Some people get more involved than others, depending on the record it is. The last couple of years the band has really been on a creative roll. We've been really busy writing music and recording it. It's a good time to be in the band. Everybody is very happy. All our personal lives are good which tends to make a good creative atmosphere.
QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate spoke to Komodorock.com recently about a number of topics including the newly-released Mindcrime At The Moore CD/DVD. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Komodorock.com: With the Mindcrime tour you just did, you put out the DVD Mindcrime At The Moore here in the UK quite recently. How pleased are you with how that has turned out?
Tate: "Very pleased. I think it’s the best live DVD we have ever made. A lot of planning went into that, a lot of work on the production. Then putting it all together took months."
Komodorock.com: I think that shows on the final product.
Tate: "Yeah it turned out really good. I’m very pleased with it."
Komodorock.com: You have a lot of superimposing of what is going on the video screens. That’s pretty special, it gives the impression of what it is like in the audience. You don’t always get that on live DVD’s.
Tate: "Yeah it’s a really special DVD. I think the fans have really embraced it. They will continue to find things in it that are interesting to see."
Komodorock.com: With the UK tour in December, what can fans expect from the show? With it being a co headlining spot with THIN LIZZY. Will you be bringing a big stage show or will it be quite toned down?
Tate: "I think it will be more concentrating on the music, because we haven’t toured in some of the cities that we will be playing for so many years. I think it’s a good idea to expose people to selections from all the different records. The problem that we have is that we have so many darn songs. With so many records it’s always difficult to figure out what we play live."
Komodorock.com: And what people want to hear?
Tate: "Yeah, it’s almost impossible. We can’t of course play everything. It’s difficult for us to decide what to play. We have a sort of betting pool going on in the band. Someone will pick a song to play then inevitably someone will say 'I’m tired of playing that song, lets play this one.' There’s a sort of political pop string going on trying to get the songs that you want to play on the set list."
RafaBasa.com reports that QUEENSRŸCHE have created a special set list for their upcoming shows in Spain.
The band from Seattle, who played a date in Madrid last August - playing songs covering their entire career, will make the dates on this Spanish tour totally different shows.
Queensrÿche want to give the fans a bit of their last tour based upon Operation Mindcrime I & II, so all the hits will be included (even 'Queen Of The Ryche'), and there will be a more than significant portion from both "Operations"; with the appearance of Pamela Moore as sister Mary, who will travel with the band only for these gigs.
This is the set list the band will be playing on the Spanish dates: 'Revolution Calling', 'Operation: Mindcrime', 'Spreading The Disease', 'Suite: Sister Mary', 'The Needle Lies', 'I Don't Believe In Love', 'I'm American', 'One Foot In Hell', 'Hostage', 'The Hands', 'Signs Say Go', 'Murderer', 'If I Could Change It All', 'An Intentional Confrontation', 'Eyes Of A Stranger', 'Empire', 'Jet City Woman', 'Queen Of The Ryche'.
Dates on the Spanish tour include:
15 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
16 - Santana 27 - Bilbao, Spain
17 - Sala Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain
While BLACK LABEL SOCIETY was on a little hiatus this summer, as Zakk Wylde performed with OZZY OSBOURNE, guitarist Nick Catanese took full opportunity to work with his new project that features QUEENSRŸCHE's Mike Stone on bass and vocals, and Mike Froedge on drums. Although the name of the project is a work in progress, and further details still have to be worked out, the name SPEED has been kicked around.
Catanese spoke to KNAC.com's Deb Rao recently. A few excerpts follow:
KNAC.com: Would you say that the name of your new project Speed came from your love of fast cars and racing?
Catanese: "Well, Speed is a name in progress, it's not the name we are using, and it’s close but not exactly. I can't say it until al the legal mumbo jumbo is done, but I am excited. I hope people dig it. We should finish the CD by the end of October."
KNAC.com: In the past, you have worked with so many talented people in the business. Let's discuss your current project. In the band, you are working with Queensrÿche's Mike Stone, and DOUBLEDRIVE drummer Mike Froedge. How did this come together?
Catanese: "Stoney and me met at the Blacktooth Bash at NAMM, we hit it off there. Then I found out he is a Bass player and sings his ass off. And Mikey, he and I actually played together in bands back in my High Voltage days in Florida. Then he played in Doubledrive and I knew he kicked ass. So we got a great power trio."
KNAC.com: What kind of sound are you aiming for with the new project?
Catanese: "There isn't a style; we are just writing what comes out. We have no direction. We are just doing what comes out. We did three songs in Atlanta in Mike’s studio, and for just a week, the three songs are cool as hell. All different styles and fresh. Doesn’t sound like anything I have heard. There's one song that is very PINK FLOYD-ish meets the BEATLES. I love it, and the solo is way STEVIE RAY."
QUEENSRŸCHE are completing work on an upcoming covers album.
Christa Titus from Billboard.com has issued the following update on the album:
Queensrÿche pays homage to some of its musical idols on Take Cover, a covers album due November 13 via Rhino. The Seattle group is putting its stamp on such numbers as PINK FLOYD's 'Welcome To The Machine', U2's 'Bullet The Blue Sky' and PETER GABRIEL's "Red Rain."
"We'll never top the originals; they're classics for a reason," singer Geoff Tate says. "We were more focused on finding different approaches that took the songs in unexpected directions."
He explains that the album gave the band a chance to have some fun. "During sound checks, [guitarists Mike Stone and Michael Wilton] like to play 'name that riff,' and sometimes the whole band joins in. That's really the way this album came together. We got together and started playing songs to each other, and then we picked our favorites."
Queensrÿche has only released a few covers, one of them being a powerful interpretation of 'Scarborough Fair' in the early 1990s. Some of the 11 selections naturally fit the band's progressive rock influences, particularly Pink Floyd and 'Innuendo' by QUEEN, one of Tate's favorite bands. Others will definitely raise eyebrows. The group is giving Broadway a spin by performing 'Heaven On Their Minds' from Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as the O'JAYS' R&B classic 'For Love of Money', the operatic 'Odissea' by Italian duo CARLO MARRALE AND CHEOPE and an acoustic version of BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD's "For What It's Worth."
Tate says he enjoyed the demanding arrangement of 'Odissea'. "I really like this song because there is a lot for a singer to sink his teeth into," he reports. "Plus I got a chance to sing in Italian, which was interesting, considering I don't speak a word of it."
He considered singing 'Red Rain' and the POLICE's 'Synchronicity II' opportunities to explore music