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

Latest Queensryche News

Below is our complete Queensryche news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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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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Queensryche To Participate In No Vote Left Behind

No Vote Left Behind has announced the initial list of participating artists for its festival/fundraiser, which will take place in most major Seattle venues September 23rd - 26th.

Based on the premise that music has the power to change things - like presidents - NVLB has assembled a diverse cross section of the creative community united in the desire to effect a change in our country's current regime, and to raise a collective voice toward a more progressive agenda.

Artists participating in the festival will include Queensryche, Pearl Jam, David Cross, Mudhoney, John Doe, Grant-Lee Phillips, Pansy Division, The Scavengers, Jon Brion, Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), John Roderick (Long Winters), John Vanderslice, The Delays, Robbers On High Street, Kinski, El Vez, Hedwig And The Angry Inch and many more to be confirmed shortly.

"It's hard to believe that it was just a few short months ago that I came back from an exasperating Christmas visit with family and hatched the idea that was to become No Vote Left Behind," says co-founder Natasha George. "NVLB has grown in ways that I could have never imagined. Thanks to everyone who helped us make this happen!"

"This festival is a tribute to the incredible music scene here in Seattle,"says co-booker Barbara Mitchell. "There's an amazing amount of talent, but more than that there's a deep sense of community and a willingness to work toward a common goal - in this case, making a statement that it's time for a regime change. We couldn't have done this without the club booking agents, bands who talked to their friends, and everyone else who was willing to help us. Amazingly, it worked!"

Participating venues include the Crocodile, Showbox, Sunset Tavern, Tractor Tavern, Neumo's, Graceland and the Comet Tavern, among others.
An announcement of the full line-up, including specific venues and dates for each artist, will be made after Labor Day, with tickets to go on sale Friday, Sept 10, 2004. To celebrate the announcement of the line-up, a kick-off event will be held at Neumo's on Saturday, September 11th, featuring Outtasite, Children of the Revolution, and Sir Mix-a-lot. A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit NVLB. For more information on the kick-off event click here.

Due to the federal regulations, you must be at least 18 years of age and a registered U.S. citizen to purchase tickets to these shows. No exceptions. If you elect to purchase tickets to No Vote Left Behind events, you are making a financial contribution to No Vote Left Behind, which is a political action committee. Donations to NVLB are not tax-deductible.

No Vote Left Behind will fund:
* A fundraising music festival in Seattle the weekend of September 23-26, 2004
* Targeted donations to the Democratic National Committee to help secure a Kerry/Edwards victory in November
* Progressive candidates in contested congressional races in order to win back the legislative branch
* Progressive, like-minded PACs and causes such as voter registration, election monitoring, and verified voting drives

How We Are Different - With nearly $650 million in yearly revenues and 8,700 local jobs, the Seattle music industry is a cultural and economic force. NVLB is working to transform this vibrant community into a national political funding source. As NVLB's Chris Olson explains, "There are a lot of other great organizations that are using music to increase voter turn-out and register voters. We want to use music more directly as a fundraising tool. We really want to be a partisan voice in the music community working for regime change. The reason we organized as a hard-money PAC is because it allows us to have that voice, and to say, 'Our community is against Bush.'"

While ousting the Bush administration is the driving mission behind all NVLB activity, NVLB funds will also go to fund progressive candidates' campaigns for the House and Senate in hotly-contested races, because there is more to regime change than the presidential election.

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Queensryche To Perform Operation Mindcrime

QUEENSRYCHE will performing the entire classic Operation: Mindcrime album on their fall/winter tour, which will also include a full production including actors. The band is also working on a sequel to the album tentatively titled Operation: Mindcrime II.

Here are the scheduled tour dates: More...

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Queensryche Announce First Dates of Fall Tour

Queensryche have announced the first dates of their Fall 2004 North American tour. More dates will follow soon.

10.05.2004 Moore Theater, Seattle, Washington
10.06.2004 Moore Theater, Seattle, Washington
10.07.2004 Commodore, Vancouver, B.C.
10.08.2004 Schnitzer, Portland, Oregon
10.23.2004 House of Blues, Orlando, Florida

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Symphony X Confirm Mexican Dates

The New Jersey based Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X have confirmed on their website that they will play México City, Mexico on May 29 at Circo Volador. A second show in México, tentatively scheduled for May 28, will be announced shortly.

As previously reported, Symphony X will be heading back out on tour in April for two weeks worth of dates with QUEENSRYCHE.

The dates are as follows: More...

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iTunes To Offer Queensryche Exclusive

iTunes will be selling QUEENSRYCHE's latest single, 'Rhythm Of Hope' on April 5th. For a limited time the service is offering up a free acoustic version of the song. Go to iTunes for more info.

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Iced Earth Confirmed For Bang Your Head 2004

This year's Bang Your Head Festival is set to take place on June 25th and 26th at the Messegelande in Balingen, Germany.

The latest act to be confirmed for the festival is ICED EARTH (second headlining act).


A warmup gig is to be held at Rockdisco WOM with Ruffians, Ballistic, Shok Paris and Death Angel.

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Queensryche Live Dates

QUEENSRYCHE will be touring US and Europe again this April and June. This is their second time on the road after the release of last year's "Tribe". Vocalist Pamela Moore (aka Sister Mary from the classic 1988 album "Operation: Mindcrime") will be joining the guys for the gigs in US.

Currently confirmed dates on Queensryche’s upcoming tour include:

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Four More Confirmed For Metal Mania Festival

QUEENSRŸCHE, GAMMA RAY, ANTHRAX, U.D.O. and PRETTY MAIDS have been officially added to this year's Metal Mania festival, a 3-day event set to take place June 25-27 in Villarobledo (Albacete), Spain. The event is being headlined by a reunited JUDAS PRIEST. More info at www.metalmaniafestival.com.

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