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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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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

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...

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Queensryche To Appear On Rockline

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)

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Queensryche Do Acoustic In Store Set

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
02. Bridge
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.

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Queensryche Frontman Discusses Record Labels

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.

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Queensryche "Best Of" Tracklisting Announced

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
02. Warning
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
09. Bridge
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)

Disc 2:

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)

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Geoff Tate Talks About Heaven And Hell Tour

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.

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Alice Cooper Replaces Rob Zombie On Tour

Alice Cooper will be replacing Rob Zombie on the previously announced tour with Queensryche and Heaven and Hell. The dates are listed as follows.

September 9 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
September 14 - Tampa, FL @ St Pete Times Forum
September 16 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Arena
September 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake
September 25 - Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre

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Heaven and Hell to Tour with Rob Zombie

Heaven and Hell will be touring with Rob Zombie and Queensryche beginning in September, dates to be announced.

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Queensryche Update Tour Schedule

QUEENSRŸCHE has updated their 2007 tour schedule with the addition of a few more dates. It is now as follows:

23 - Desert Diamond Casino - Sahuarita, AZ
24 - Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, NM
25 - Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
26 - 4th And B in San Diego, CA
27 - House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
31 - Kosei-Nenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan

1 - Kosei-Nenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan
3 - Zepp in Nagoya, Japan
5 - NHK Hall in Osaka, Japan
23 - Secret House Vineyard in Veneta, OR
28 - Harrah's Casino in Kansas City, MO
29 - Myth in Maplewood, MN
30 - House Of Blues in Chicago, IL

3 - House Of Blues in Cleveland, OH
14 - Sunken Garden Amphitheatre in San Antonio, TX (Harley In The Park Fest)

16 - Metal Heart Festival - Notodden, Norway
18 - La Riviera - Marid, Spain

November (with THIN LIZZY)
22 - Leicester, UK - De Montfort Hall
23 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
24 - IpswichvRegent
26 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Concert Hall
27 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
28 - Cardiff, UK - St David's Hall
30 - Glasgow, UK - Academy

December (with Thin Lizzy)
1 - Aberdeen, UK - Music Hall
2 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
4 - Sheffield, UK - City Hall
5 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
6 - Liverpool, UK - University
8 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
9 - Southampton, UK - Guildhall
10 - Exeter, UK - University
12 - Folkestone, UK - Leas Cliff
13 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo

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Queensryche Announce More U.S. Tour Dates

QUEENSRŸCHE has lined up the following dates:

May 03 - Desert Diamond - Tucson, AZ
May 24 - Sandia Casino - Albuquerque, NM
May 25 - Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
May 26 - 4th and B - San Diego, CA
May 27 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
May 31 - Kosei-Nenkin Hall - Tokyo, Japan
Jun. 01 - Kosei-Nenkin Hall - Tokyo, Japan
Jun. 03 - Zepp - Nagoya, Japan
Jun. 05 - NHK Hall - Osaka, Japan
Jun. 23 - Secret House Vineyard - Veneta, OR
Jun. 28 - Harrah's Casino - Kansas City, MO
Jun. 29 - Myth - Maplewood, MN
Jun. 30 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Jul. 03 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Jul. 14 - Sunken Garden Amp. - San Antonio, TX

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Queensryche To Perform "Operation: Mindcrime"

LiveDaily.com reports: Veteran metal band Queensryche (tickets | music) has booked a handful of US dates through the summer that will sandwich a four-show tour of Japan. Stateside shows begin May 24 in Albuquerque and so far stretch through mid-July.

The band continues to support last year's "Operation Mindcrime II," which is the sequel to its 1988 platinum-selling concept album. "Mindcrime II" debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the band's highest debut in more than a decade, according to a press release. A few songs from the set are streaming at Queensryche's MySpace page.

Last year's theatrical tour to support the "Mindcrime" series was captured for double-CD and -DVD sets due in June. "Mindcrime at the Moore," filmed in Queensryche's hometown of Seattle, comprises the full theatrical production with actors playing out the "Mindcrime" saga.

The DVD set also includes a tour documentary, a featurette on the band's "Rock & Ride Across America" charity event and a live performance of "The Chase" from the Los Angeles concert that featured Ronnie James Dio's only public appearance as the character Dr. X.

"This concert is the realization of an idea that began nearly two decades ago," singer/songwriter Geoff Tate said in a statement. "The story and music of 'Operation: Mindcrime' is very dear to the band. We are thrilled with this performance and proud to share it with our audience."

Queensryche is also planning a "best-of" album for later this summer.

During its 26-year career, Queensryche has sold more than 20 million albums and toured in more than 22 countries, according to a press release. The band retains four of its five original members--Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson, and drummer Scott Rockenfield. Guitarist Mike Stone came on board as a permanent member in 2005.

Here are the newly announced Queensryche US tour dates:

May 24 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Casino
May 25 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
May 26 - San Diego, CA - 4th & B
May 27 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
June 23 - Veneta, OR - Secret House Vineyard
June 28 - Kansas City, MO - Harrah's Casino
June 29 - Maplewood, MN - Myth
June 30 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
July 3 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
July 14 - San Antonio, TX - Sunken Garden Amphitheater

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Queensryche Acts Out "Operation: Mindcrime" I & II

Ttravis Hay of the Seattle P-I reports: It was heavy-metal masterpiece theater Friday night at the Moore Theatre when hometown rockers Queensryche performed, emphasis on performed, its concept records "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entireties.

The emphasis is on performed, because the records were literally acted out by singer Geoff Tate and a crew of about a half-dozen actors, while the band played the music. It was a move that could have easily turned into something straight out of Spinal Tap's book, but it was executed surprisingly well, taking the unintentional comedy out of the equation.

It was tough to consider the show a concert, given the theatrical approach taken by the band. The performance felt like more like an off-Broadway play done heavy-metal style.

The records tell the story of a heroin addict named Nikki who is under the control of the evil Dr. X, who manipulates Nikki to commit a series of murders. Nikki falls in love with a nun named Mary, whose murder he is framed for.

He is sent to prison at the end of the first "Mindcrime" and the second record, released this year, picks up 18 years later where he exacts revenge on Dr. X and eventually is reunited with Mary in the afterlife.

Read the full article at Seattle PI.

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Vote On This Year's Classic Rock Awards

Classic Rock Magazine has opened their annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards for voting by the public here. CRMag is also having a competition for the chance to appear on the upcoming Classic Rock DVD and to be broadcast in front of the rock royalty on awards night in November, this year. To enter, email in .mpegs of yourselves (no longer than 30 seconds) explaining why you think your favourites should win on the night to classicrock@futurenet.co.uk. Classic Rock's favourite five entrants will win a prize. The nominations you can vote on follow:

Album of the Year:

Muse - Black Holes & Revelations
The Answer - Rise
Wolfmother - Wolfmother
Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
Motorhead - Kiss Of Death
Cheap Trick - Rockford
Opeth - Ghost Reveries

Band of the Year:

Iron Maiden
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Rolling Stones

Best Re-Issue:

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
Queen - A Night At The Opera
The Allman Brothers - Eat A Peach
The Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

DVD of the Year:

Pink Floyd - Pulse
Cream - Disraeli Gears
A Headbanger's Journey
Whitesnake - Live In The Still Of The Night
Rush - Chronicles

Classic Rock Event of the Year:

Return of Monsters of Rock
Lordi winning Eurovision
Guns N' Roses tour
Metallica playing Master of Puppets at Download
Roger Waters playing Dark Side Of The Moon

Best New Band:

Pure Reason Revolution
The Sword

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Hear Full Hatebreed, Queensryche Albums On AOL

AOL Music has full CD streams of Queensryche's "Q2K" (Expanded and Remastered) as well as Hatebreed's Roadrunner Records debut "Supremeracy" this week:

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The Beatles Go Metal?

On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".

When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."

"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...

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Queensryche Talk About Charity Bike Rides

Launch Radio Networks reports: QUEENSRŸCHE is getting ready to start a North American tour for its "Operation: Mindcrime II" album, but it's also got something else in the works. Frontman Geoff Tate and guitarist Mike Stone will be hosting motorcycle rides with fans throughout the tour to raise money for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, which supports music education programs across the country. Tate is a friend of Buell Motorcycles head Erik Buell, who made matching QUEENSRŸCHE bikes for Tate and Stone to ride. To get in on a ride, go to Queensryche.com and make a donation.

Tate told Launch that the idea for the charity rides came from his wife Susan, after she heard him talking to Stone over breakfast one day about what they miss while on the road. "We were lamenting the fact that we never get to ride our motorcycles very much when we go on tour," he said. "So she's listening to this and says, 'Hey, why don't you guys take your bikes on the road, and we'll have some sort of, like, contest, and maybe we can involve a charity with it.' And we talked to Erik and he said, 'Oh yeah, I'd like to donate some bikes, and I'd like to ride with you on a couple of those dates, too.' So we all started brainstorming this out, and before you knew it, here it is."

The QUEENSRŸCHE tour starts Friday (August 25) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

QUEENSRŸCHE recently announced plans to record and release a double live album recorded on its current "Operation: Mindcrime II" tour. Tentatively titled "Operation: LIVECrime II", the set will include a live production of the original "Mindcrime" on Disc 1 and a live production of "Mindcrime II" on Disc 2.

Rhino Records has set an August 29 release date for the reissue of QUEENSRŸCHE's 1999 effort, "Q2K". The remastered and expanded version of the album will be available at traditional physical and digital retail outlets and www.rhino.com for a suggested retail price of $18.98. The iTunes version of the album will also feature an exclusive video for "The Right Side of My Mind". The re-released album contains remastered versions of all 11 original studio tracks and includes a pair of songs recorded during the "Q2K" sessions that have never been released before — "Until There Was You" and "Howl". Also included are different versions of two albums tracks: the radio edit of "Breakdown" and a live version of "Sacred Ground", recorded during the "Q2K" tour.

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Queensrÿche Plan Live DVD, Side Projects In Works

Queensrÿche have posted the following message at their official website:

"Word from the Campaign is that there are a lot of projects going on while the band's touring in support of Operation: Mindcrime II. For example... while the band has been on the road they have been busy writing new material for the next Queensryche record. The band is also gearing up for a new live double disc that's to be recorded and released this fall. All signs point to a Operation: LIVECrime II with disc 1 being a live production of Mindcrime and disc 2 being a live production of Mindcrime II... but only time will tell. Hopefully, if/when Rhino gets around to releasing this, they'll put some bonus material on it as well ... like the music video?

Geoff Tate has two solo projects in the works. We know at least one of them is a collaboration with Michael Wilton on a Beatle Tribute and the other is a big secret. Why a such a secret you ask? Well, could it be another concept album? A resurrection of the 3 Tremors? Perhaps both? We do know that both the new QR album and GT solo projects are to include some very special guests.

Michael Wilton has reported that work is near complete on the 2nd Soulbender album. And a rumor that a small tour is in the works for them as well. Check soulbender.com and/or michaelwilton.com for more details and information.

Scott Rockenfield recently re-released his Slave to the System album on Spitfire Records. For more information, please visit: slavetothesystem.com.

As we reported earlier in the week, Mike Stone has finally gotten with the 00's with his very own website. Though still under construction, he did announce a solo gig later this month in Wisconsin. Oh, and did I mention the new County / Western album he's been working on with this brother? For more information, please visit: mikestonezone.com.

In Kelly Gray news (never thought you'd hear that name again, did ya?)... Kelly's currently in Seattle re-mastering Q2K. He's also cleaning up the bonus tracks that are being added. There's even rumors that he'll be signing a few copies of the album! More details on this as they become available.

And lastly, how could be forget about Eddie Jackson? Word from the Guacamole King of Seattle is that he's still working on his Bio for QRcom."

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Queensryche Announce Australian Tour Dates

QUEENSRŸCHE have announced a three-date Australian tour in July. The details are as follows:

Jul. 14 - Melbourne, AUS @ The Palace
Jul. 15 - Sydney, AUS @ Luna Park
Jul. 16 - Brisbane, AUS @ The Arena

QUEENSRŸCHE's current record label, Rhino Records, has purchased the rights to the group's 1999 effort, "Q2K", from Atlantic and plans on re-releasing it soon. Limited-edition signed copies and a free "Q2K" cap will be included in the new package. More information will be made available soon.

QUEENSRŸCHE's latest CD, "Operation: Mindcrime II", has sold 73,000 copies in the United States since its April 4 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

QUEENSRŸCHE's top-selling album by far is 1990's "Empire", which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original "Operation: Mindcrime" release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994's "Promised Land" reached the same plateau in December 1994.

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Queensryche, Poison, Lacuna Coil Chart In Top 30

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime II" has sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 14 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. This is more than half of the total sales tally registered by the band's last studio album, 2003's "Tribe", which sold 20,000 copies in the first week and has shifted less than 75,000 units so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, the band's 1999 effort, "Q2K", opened with sales of 28,000 and has sold 150,000 copies to date.

QUEENSRŸCHE's top-selling album by far is 1990's "Empire", which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original "Operation: Mindcrime" release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994's "Promised Land" reached the same plateau in December 1994.

In other chart news, LACUNA COIL's "Karmacode" shifted just under 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 28 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. The band's 2002 album "Comalies" has sold more than 230,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A representative for the group's record label, Century Media, recently told Billboard magazine that the album has sold 500,000 units worldwide.

LACUNA COIL will be on the cover of at least a half-dozen metal magazines this spring. In addition, an April appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and a segment of "The Mix" on ABC News are slated, according to Billboard.

Another notable debut on this week's chart is POISON's 18-track collection, "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock", which commemorates POISON's 20th anniversary and the band's career tally of more than 25 million albums and DVDs sold around the world. The album, which packs the group's biggest hits and fan favorites, opens with nearly 40,000 copies to debut at No. 17 on next week's chart.

POISON's "Greatest Hits 1986-1996" collection, which was originally released in November 1996, was officially certified double-platinum in November 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of two million copies in the United States.

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending April 9, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, except numbers under 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

QUEENSRŸCHE – "Operation: Mindcrime II": 44,000 (#14)
POISON – "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock": 40,000 (#17)
LACUNA COIL – "Karmacode": 34,000 (#28)
DEAD TO FALL - "The Phoenix Throne": 4,000
PANTERA – "3 Vulgar Videos From Hell" DVD: 1,700
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT – "The Village Lanterne": 1,500
CALIBAN – "Undying Darkness": 1,700
EVERGREY - "Monday Morning Apocalypse": 1,400
KATATONIA - "The Great Cold Distance": 1,100
VENOM – Metal Black": 1,100
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET – "21st Century Killing Machine": 100
TERROR 2000 - "Terror For Sale": 100

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More Slave To The System US Tour Dates Announced

SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM, the band featuring Scott Rockenfield (drums, QUEENSRŸCHE), Kelly Gray (guitar, ex-QUEENSRŸCHE), Damon Johnson (guitar/vocals, BROTHER CANE), have lined up the following dates in April:

Apr. 07 - Big E's - Edgerton, WI
Apr. 08 - Harpo's - Detroit MI (w/ BUCKCHERRY)
Apr. 09 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Apr. 12 - The Temple Club - Lansing, MI
Apr. 13 - Planet Rock - Battle Creek, MI
Apr. 14 - Piere's - Fort Wayne, IN
Apr. 15 - The Machine Shop - Flint, MI

SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM's debut album came in February, but the band haven't been able to announce a full tour because of their other commitments — singer-guitarist Damon Johnson is a member of ALICE COOPER's band, and drummer Scott Rockenfield has a busy year ahead of him with QUEENSRŸCHE.

QUEENSRŸCHE has announced shows from late August through mid-October in support of their new album "Operation: Mindcrime II", which comes out April 4.

COOPER's got a Canadian run mapped out from May 1 through May 17, with U.S. dates penciled in for June.

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