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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
QUEENSRŸCHE's two-DVD set, entitled "Mindcrime at the Moore", has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 78 (German chart rules allow music DVDs to enter album charts).
Warner Music Entertainment has set a September 3 U.K. release date for QUEENSRŸCHE's legendary hometown Seattle concert performance of their mega successful "Mindcrime" albums — "Operation: Mindcrime" Parts 1 and 2.
This timely DVD release dovetails QUEENSRŸCHE's forthcoming 17-date co-headline U.K. tour with THIN LIZZY which kicks off on November 22 at Leicester De Montfort Hall.
The concert DVD includes a full theatrical production mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, video imagery and actors portraying the concept albums' characters onstage with the band. Bonus features include exclusive Tour Documentary, Rock & Ride Featurette and "The Chase" performed with Ronnie James Dio.
Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.
Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.
The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.
Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...
QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed to perform live on the US nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn, on August 1. The show will air live at 8:30PM PST/11:30 PM EST and fans are encouraged to call in at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
In other news, QUEENSRŸCHE members Eddie Jackson (bass), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Mike Stone (guitar) will participate in several in-store, guitar clinics and Q&A sessions with Sam Ash around the country [view poster]. Here are the confirmed dates and times:
Sept. 8 - Carle Place, NY (12PM-2PM)
Sept. 16 - Orlando, FL (12PM-2PM)
Sept. 22 - Burbank, IL (12PM-2PM)
Oct. 6 - Westminster, CA (12PM-2PM)
QUEENSRŸCHE played a five-song acoustic set earlier today (Saturday, July 21) at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, New York. According to AnybodyListening.net, the setlist for the performance was as follows:
01. Sign of the Times
03. The Hands
04. Until There Was You
05. Eyes of a Stranger
The event was reportedly professionaly recorded for a possible CD or DVD.
Following the set, the band held an autograph session for attendees.
Classic Rock Revisited recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Classic Rock Revisited: The new project, "Mindcrime at the Moore", comprises all the material from "Operation: Mindcrime" as well as "Operation: Mindcrime II", which were recorded quite a few years apart. What were the challenges of writing material for the second record so many years after the first, then presenting all of it live together as one continuous piece of work?
Geoff: That really took a bit of work. We didn't want to get too far away from the structure of the first album, but then again, we didn't want to stay in the same place, because time had passed, and we wanted to create sort of a present feel of where the story was at. It's in the here, it's in the now. So we tried to straddle time a little bit, and create a little bit more modern music, on vintage instruments. It was a very fun project to put your head into. The DVD is the culmination of all of that work that's really been going on for seventeen-some-odd years. We've been working on it for a little bit of time, then putting it away, working on it again and putting it away. So it's nice to see that it's finally finished.
Classic Rock Revisited: The "Mindcrime" show is a long and vocally demanding show, with a lot of ranges and moods. How do you stay in shape vocally for that while on the road?
Geoff: It's a bit of a challenge in that respect. I'm pretty strong as a person, physically, so it's not something that's out of my realm. But definitely exhausting, especially after six or seven weeks. It becomes quite a bit of a chore sometimes; not so much the singing aspect, but just putting yourself into that head space of that character, which is such a pitiful character. (Laughs) It's hard to be into him for that length of time, because he's so pathetic and so miserable, and God, you know, you just want to have a sunny day. (Laughs) I love performing the record, and I love performing on the stage for this show, but I am glad to be done with it now and on to the next thing.
Classic Rock Revisited: Those kinds of larger productions are famous for their technical mishaps. Did you have any kind of "Spinal Tap" moments on stage with this?
Geoff: There's so much going on with a show; so many pieces of gear, so many timing issues, personnel . . . there's so many things that can go wrong, it's amazing that there are nights when nothing goes wrong. (Laughs) It's an exception when things go right. Every night there's something; either a guitar string breaks or something minor like that, or somebody gets lost in the arrangement for a few bars and all of a sudden wakes up and turns it around. It's also inclusive of entire systems going down. Probably the worst thing that we had was, our entire film system crashed. It happened at such a weird place; it was at a spot where the music pauses and the band just holds out a chord, and then it's supposed to start again after eight beats. But the eight beats turned into sixteen (Laughs), and it just kept going and going and going. Luckily that night we had a curtain that closed in front of the band, and finally our manager came out and actually closed the curtain. (Laughs) We're all standing there, and I don't know why our lighting man didn't turn off the lights, but we're just all lit up and waiting for the system to boot up again, and it just wouldn't. It took about twenty minutes for the thing to boot back up, so we kinda had to take a short intermission there. (Laughs) At the same time, at the pause, Pamela — our Sister Mary character — at that point she comes rising up on this elevated lift that lifts her up twenty feet in the air. That's where the crash happened, so she's standing up there all by herself, lit up; every light in the place is on her, and there's nothing happening. It's just her standing there. (Laughs) The crowd applauds, and then they stop, and there's that uncomfortable feeling of, "I don't think this is supposed to be happening." (Laughs). Those kinds of things. That was the worst one, though.
Classic Rock Revisited: In your career with QUEENSRŸCHE you have gone from EMI to Atlantic to Sanctuary to Rhino. Do you prefer the commercial marketplace power of a major label, or the care and attention you get from a smaller label?
Geoff: Well, I've never really gotten the care and attention of a smaller label, so I guess I'm pretty happy with the majors. (Laughs). I don't subscribe to record companies . . . there seems to be so much emphasis on record companies, and I think record companies are very quickly becoming a thing of the past. In five years you won't have a record company, or the only record company there will be is iTunes. The whole industry is on its ear. It's changed so dramatically in the twenty-seven years we've been doing this, it doesn't even resemble the same thing anymore. The whole selling of records has become sort of a non-issue, really. So much music is being pirated now that record sales are down so much that record company executives are getting excited about selling sixty thousand records. (Laughs). When we started out, sixty thousand records was a failure. (Laughs). So that's how much it's changed, and we're seeing sixty or seventy percent drops in record sales because of pirating and that sort of thing. The industry has changed so much that we have to all re-think how we do things. Right now the only way most bands make a living is by touring and doing live shows, because even though people try to bootleg it, you still can go out and perform live and it's going to be different every night.
In a career that spans nearly 25 years, QUEENSRŸCHE has released 15 albums that have sold more than 20 million units around the world. On August 28, Capitol/EMI will release "Sign Of The Times: The Best Of Queensrÿche" in CD, 2-CD Collectors Edition packages and digitally. The new career-spanning hits collection features 17 of QUEENSRŸCHE's best singles and album tracks, including seven Top 10 mainstream rock hits, packaged in a jewel-case with a sixteen-page booklet featuring custom artwork, a discography, and track notes from the band's singer, Geoff Tate. The Collectors Edition, presented in deluxe digipak packaging, adds a second disc of 15 rare and previously unreleased demos, outtakes, remixes, live recordings, television performance audio, recordings for soundtracks and a new, never-before-heard song making its release debut on this collection.
"In an era that valued style over substance, QUEENSRŸCHE emerged as a contrary force to the happy-go-lucky sounds of hard rock in the late '80s and early '90s," explains Paul Gargano in his "Sign Of The Times" liner notes essay. "In hindsight, one might even go as far as to say that the band succeeded despite themselves. Whether knowingly or not, they zigged when the industry zagged, progressed while the scene regressed, and offered provocation while others opted for escapism. There's a subtle irony, then, that their best-of collection is called 'Sign Of The Times'."
Among "Sign Of The Times: The Best Of Queensrÿche"'s 17 hits and favorites are the #1 smash "Silent Lucidity", "Jet City Woman", "Eyes Of A Stranger", and "Another Rainy Night (Without You)", and more than a dozen other well-known songs. The 15 tracks on the Collectors Edition's rarities disc include three demo recordings by MYTH (lead vocalist Geoff Tate's band prior to QUEENSRŸCHE), three demo recordings from "The Warning", three bonus tracks from the reissued "Empire" album, bonus tracks from the reissued "Promised Land" and "Q2K" albums, an intoxicating live version of "Silent Lucidity", a previously unreleased version of "Della Brown" recorded for "MTV Unplugged", and a new track making its release debut, "Justified", recorded with original QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Chris DeGarmo.
Beginning September 5 in Binghamton, New York, QUEENSRŸCHE and ALICE COOPER will join Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice on the HEAVEN AND HELL Tour for a U.S. trek that is expected to continue through early November.
"Sign Of The Times: The Best Of Queensrÿche" (CD & Digital Album) features the following tracklisting:
01. Queen Of The Reich
03. Walk In The Shadows
04. Take Hold Of The Flame
05. The Lady Wore Black
06. I Don't Believe In Love
07. Eyes Of A Stranger
08. Silent Lucidity
10. Jet City Woman
11. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
12. Sign Of The Times
13. I Am I
14. Real World
15. Some People Fly
16. Until There Was You
17. All The Promises
"Sign Of The Times: The Best Of Queensrÿche" (2-CD Collectors Edition) (Contains Disc 1 + 2nd Disc of Rarities)
01. Take Hold Of The Flame (MYTH; Original Demo Version) (previously unreleased)
02. Walk In The Shadows (MYTH; Original Demo Version) (previously unreleased)
03. Before The Storm (MYTH; Original Demo Version) (previously unreleased)
04. Waiting For The Kill (previously unreleased: demo for "The Warning")
05. No Sanctuary (previously unreleased: demo for "The Warning")
06. Prophecy (previously unreleased: demo for "The Warning")
07. I Dream In Infrared (1991 acoustic remix: bonus track from the reissued version of the album "Rage For Order")
08. Dirty Lil Secret (bonus track from the reissued version of the album "Empire")
09. Last Time In Paris (from the soundtrack album "The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane"; also a bonus track from the reissued version of the album "Empire")
10. Scarborough Fair (bonus track from the reissued version of the album "Empire")
11. Della Brown (previously unreleased: "MTV Unplugged," New York, NY 4/27/92)
12. Someone Else? (with full band: bonus track from the reissued version of the album "Promised Land")
13. Silent Lucidity (live at The Astoria Theatre, London 10/20/94: from the "Bridge" CD single)
14. Chasing Blue Sky (bonus track from the reissued album "Hear In The Now Frontier")
15. Justified (new track)
Deb Rao of Glam-Metal.com recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Glam-Metal.com: QUEENSRŸCHE will be opening for HEAVEN AND HELL and ALICE COOPER in September. Are you excited about the tour?
Geoff: Well, we are very excited to be part of it. We pretty much dropped everything we were planning on doing at that point in time so we could be part of the tour. It is monumental for us. We were all very influenced by that BLACK SABBATH line-up. That particular line-up for me is some of the most influential rock music. I can't wait to see it live. I haven't seen the show yet. I am very excited about ALICE COOPER. ALICE COOPER was the first rock show; I ever saw when I was a kid. I saw the "Billion Dollar Babies" tour in 1973. I thought that was all rock shows were supposed to be like. (Laughter) I think it very much influenced my ideas of staging and production. Because of that. So we are every excited on different levels to be part of it.
Glam-Metal.com: Tell me a little bit about the tour. How big a stage show will QUEENSRŸCHE be bringing out with them?
Geoff: First of all, we are opening for the two bands, ALICE and HEAVEN AND HELL. So, no we will have a very sparse set-up production-wise. We are pulling from all of our different records for this tour. We are going to be playing different sets every night. Different set ups, so we kind of rotate some of our songs around. So fans that come to multiple shows can see a different show and a different set from us.
Glam-Metal.com: Now you also are going to be having another new product out in August called, "Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensrÿche" (CD and Deluxe CD Collector's Edition) on Capitol/EMI this August. Tell me a little bit about this compilation.
Geoff: That is kind of a very unique best of collection that EMI has put together. What they did is they took different versions of some of our well-known songs and included them on this compilation. Also included our demo, renditions of these popular songs and other popular songs that we've done. There is some unreleased material on it. Our former guitar player Chris Degarmo contributed and gave us a unreleased track that was something that we wrote and didn’t quite finish and had written years ago. We are including that in this collection, as well. I was in a band before QUEENSRŸCHE, it was called MYTH. We had written quite a few songs together. When I joined QUEENSRŸCHE, I brought those lyrics and melodies from those songs and make them into QUEENSRŸCHE songs. So songs like "Take Hold of the Flame" and "No Sanctuary" are done with a whole different band playing them and me singing them. So that is kind of a unique thing, as well.
Glam-Metal.com: How do you feel about the music industry today? Do you feel that there is a whole new generation of fans discovering the band for the first time?
Geoff: Yes, most definitely. We have age ranges from 15 to 45. It is pretty amazing. Our fans have had children. Those children have come to the shows and they bring their friends. It is a whole new thing, in some respect. In fact, I was talking to a group of young people backstage one night after the show and I said, "What brings you to the show?" They said you guys are legends. We really wanted to see you before you are all dead. (Laughter)
Glam-Metal.com: Now you have a great family, which includes five girls. Have any of them followed down your path, and chosen a career in music or acting?
Geoff: No, well maybe my youngest one, Emily, who is ten, might be a musician or actress. She is very talented. She really has a wonderful voice, very strong and big. I think she has the potential to do that. She is in a very sophisticated ballet company, since she was a kid. She loves being onstage.
Glam-Metal.com: Also you appeared on some of the "Metal Mania" releases including the current "Metal Mania Stripped Volume 3". How do you feel about the acoustic versions of the songs? I think a good song starts with the acoustic guitar and vocal. Do you agree?
Geoff: Yes, that is the basic for a song right there, the chord changes and the melody. I really love doing acoustic renditions of songs. I love stripping things down to a real basic form. It is very satisfying. Also playing acoustically, it is very different than playing with the band. In that I can hear it myself, so damn well. I love hearing the intricacies of what s going on musically. Sometimes when you get volume involved, and big distorted guitars it kind of steps on a lot of the subtleties that are going on within the music.
Glam-Metal.com: Geoff, you have had such an extensive career. What are you most proud of? Is it the completion of "Operation: Mindcrime 2"?
Geoff: I am happy every day, I wake up. It is a wonderful life. It is a wonderful career. I play music with people I really love. We are very lucky to be still doing this. But also on the other hand, luck has something to do with it, but it is a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of energy and focus to get everybody together on the same page and write a record. It is hard to put together the promotion for the record and get out there and support it on the tour. It is a lifestyle that you have to dedicate yourself to.
Read the entire interview at Glam-Metal.com.