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Queensryche

Formed: 1980
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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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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Queensryche Update Tour Schedule

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

May
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

June
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

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

August
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
Whitesnake
Journey
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:

Roadstar
Wolfmother
Pure Reason Revolution
Winterville
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."

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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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Queensryche Plan Extensive Summer/Fall Tour

In conjunction with the April 4th release of Operation: Mindcrime II, the long awaited sequel to their 1988 magnum opus, QUEENSRŸCHE has planned a full summer/fall tour for 2006. The tour, presented by VH1 Classic, will feature a full stage show, including surround sound, new video imagery and actors playing out both parts of the Operation: Mindcrime saga. Tickets for all tour dates go on sale April 1st.

Featured on the tour will be a unique charity auction. Erik Buell, of Buell Motorcycles, has offered to donate two custom Queensrÿche motorcycles for Geoff Tate and Mike Stone to ride throughout the tour. They will be inviting others to come out and ride with them and at the end of the tour, both motorcycles will be auctioned off for VH1’s Save The Music Foundation.

For all the latest news, including updates on Queensrÿche's summer/fall headlining tour, visit: www.queensryche.com and www.rhino.com More...

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New Queensryche Song Posted Online

A brand new QUEENSRŸCHE track, entitled "The Hands", has been posted online at Metal Express Radio (Windows Media). The song comes off the group's sequel to their platinum 1988 concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", due in North America on April 4 via Rhino Entertainment. The CD mixing and mastering was completed earlier in the month and the track listing has been reworked a bit, with two new tracks having been added. "Freiheit Ouvertüre" is the infamous "intro" all the fans have been chattering about, while "Convict" is a new song that was newly added after the original track listing was announced.

"Operation: Mindcrime II" (view cover art) final track listing:

01. Freiheit Ouvertüre
02. Convict
03. I'm American
04. One foot in Hell
05. Hostage
06. The Hands
07. Speed of Light
08. Signs Say Go
09. Re-arrange You
10. The Chase
11. Murderer?
12. Circles
13. If I Could Change it All
14. An Intentional Confrontation
15. A Junkie's Blues
16. Fear City Slide
17. All the Promises

As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE's new single, "I'm American", will be available to radio stations for digital download on February 21. The record will go for adds in March.

Legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, RAINBOW) makes a guest appearance on the album as "Dr. X".

QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield and guitarist Michael Wilton recorded their parts for "Operation: Mindcrime II" in August at Synergy Studios in Redmond, WA. Michael Stone cut guitars in a studio in a "secret location" in the Bay Area.

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Slave to the System To Re-Release Debut In Feb

SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM, the band featuring Scott Rockenfield (drums, QUEENSRŸCHE), Kelly Gray (guitar, ex-QUEENSRŸCHE), Damon Johnson (guitar/vocals, BROTHER CANE), will re-release their debut album through Spitfire Records on February 21, 2006.

Rockenfield, along with Johnson, Gray and bassist Roman Glick, set out to do something they had never done before: they wanted to create music without rules, without corporate influence, and without being part of "the system". "We weren't thinking about demographics or sales," adds Johnson. "Everybody just wanted to rock out and start something new and unique and the result is a project that we’re very excited about, like kids starting their first band. The spirit of fearlessness is something we wanted to embody in our music."

The members of SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM combine their various influences and approaches to create something that will appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners. By pooling their talents, the members of SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM evoke music that is both reminiscent of hard rock veterans like THE WHO, LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE and THIN LIZZY, as well as a younger breed of music akin to AUDIOSLAVE and VELVET REVOLVER.

"This band rocks a little harder," says Johnson. "We've made 30 or 40 records between the four of us...For once, we didn't feel the pressure to write on a deadline."

The musicianship and vocal delivery of SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM rival any Top 40 radio rock band. "The drums and the riff and the vocal melody can all be the strength of a song," explains Rockenfield. "We find that strength and bring it to the forefront on each song. When you have talented and experienced musicians working together, I think it can be more difficult to write a good song than to overplay and drown out the strengths. I think we succeeded in avoiding that potential problem and the result is an album full of good, melodic rock songs." As for production, the band handled the responsibilities themselves. "We all have studio experience, so we can avoid doing things the 'normal' way."

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Queensryche Moves Vancouver Venue

The Queensryche show on September 14, 2005 has been moved from the Centre of Performing Arts to the Commodore Ballroom. All tickets for the Centre will be honoured at the Commodore. All tickets will be treated as general admission tickets.

Other upcoming Queensryche tour dates:

Aug. 12 Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip
Sept. 13 Victoria, BC - Royal Theater
Sept. 14 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Sept. 16 Boise, ID - Big Easy
Sept. 17 Spokane, WA - Big Easy
Sept. 20 Edmonton, AB - Red's Ent. Center
Sept. 21 Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Sept. 22 Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Center
Sept. 23 Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings
Sept. 24 St. Paul, MN - Myth
Sept. 25 Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
Sept. 28 Columbus, OH - Promo-West
Sept. 29 Nashville, TN - Ryman Aud.
Sept. 30 Louisville, KY - Palace Theater
Oct. 01 Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza
Oct. 02 Toledo, OH - Stranahan Theater
Oct. 04 Greensburg, PA - Palace Theater
Oct. 05 Reading, PA - Sovereign PAC
Oct. 06 New Brunswick, NJ - State Theater
Oct. 07 Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Event Center
Oct. 08 Portland, ME - State Theater
Oct. 11 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Oct. 12 Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theater
Oct. 13 N. Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
Oct. 14 Orlando, FL - House of Blues
Oct. 15 Ft. Meyers, FL - Barbara B Mann
Oct. 18 Guadalajara, Mexico - Teatro Diana
Oct. 19 Mexico City, Mexico - Metropolitan Theater
Oct. 21 Monterrey, Mexico - Auditoro

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Queensryche: 18 Songs And Counting

Queensryche have posted the following news update on their official web site:

"As the recording of Operation Mindcrime II progresses, word from the studio is that Wilton & Stone are in the midst of laying down guitar tracks with vocals shortly thereafter. So far 18 songs have been completed. Not sure if all 18 will make it to the release or not, but it looks promising. So far we know of 2 tracks: "I'm American" & "Hostage"..."

Queensryche recently signed with Rhino for the sequel to their 1988 concept album, Operation: Mindcrime. The new album is due to be released in early 2006.

Live bootleg-quality recordings of the songs "I'm American" and "Hostage" can be downloaded from Queensryche.com.

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Judas Priest And Queensryche To Do Arena Tour

Judas Priest and Queensryche will be joining forces this year for an arena tour. Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate confirmed the rumor last week during his appearance on the syndicated radio program Rockline. During the interview Tate stated that the tour is expected to last eight weeks and will cover mostly outdoor arenas.

Here are the leaked dates:

May 31 Minneapolis, MN - TBA
Jun. 10 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun. 19 Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion

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Judas Priest To Embark On Japanese Tour

Judas Priest will be embarking on a Japanese tour in late April/early May, immediately following the group's European trek. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

Priest have yet to announce their U.S. tour plans but it is expected that they will be scheduling a headlining run in the summer. Among the rumored support acts for the trek are Queensryche, Dio and Black Label Society.

Judas Priest's new album, "Angel of Retribution" (view cover here) is scheduled for release on March 1 via Epic Records.

Singer Rob Halford's first album with the band in 15 years, "Angel of Retribution" was produced by Roy Z, who has previously worked on solo albums from Halford and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. The set will be bundled with a concert DVD shot in a bullring in Valencia, Spain.

Epic will celebrate the reunion of the "Painkiller"-era Judas Priest lineup by issuing a DualDisc (a two-sided disc made up of a CD player side and a DVD player side) for the "Angel of Retribution" title.

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More Queensryche 2005 Dates Announced

Queensryche have lined up the following dates during January/February:

Jan. 27 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Jan. 28 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Jan. 30 - House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 10 - Warfield - San Francisco, CA
Feb. 11 - Harrahs – Stateline, NV
Feb. 12 - Konocti – Kelseyville, CA
Feb. 16 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 17 - House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 19 - Universal Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA

Queensryche are currently writing the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime." Tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II," the set is due next year via Sanctuary.

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