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After touring extensively in 2011 with his band, Queensryche, lead singer Geoff Tate has announced that he will be doing a handful of acoustic solo dates billed as “Geoff Tate and Friends” beginning on Friday, January 27 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California.
According to Tate, he’ll be “playing acoustic renditions of songs from my solo album as well as some of my favorite Queensryche songs.” And that certainly gives him a lot to choose from…
Not one to remain idle, Tate is anxious to hit the road again next year despite an incredibly busy 2011 that found the band performing over 75 dates along their 30th Anniversary tour primarily in support of their 12th studio album, Dedicated to Chaos (Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud), that was released in the summer.
Towards the end of the tour, Geoff and the band pulled out “all the stops” by performing Rage for Order in its entirety for the first time ever (New York City on Halloween) and Operation: Mindcrime from beginning to end on this year’s ShipRocked Cruise (with In This Moment‘s Maria Brink handling vocal chores as “Sister Mary“) for the first time in three years. Both shows were a pure treat for fans!
It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years and more than 20 million albums sold worldwide later…
For 2012, Queensryche has plenty up its sleeve…
Geoff‘s acoustic performances are just the beginning of what promises to be another exciting year.
GEOFF TATE and Friends acoustic dates:
Jan-26 Thu San Diego, CA Anthology
Jan-27 Fri Agoura Hills Canyon
Jan-29 Sun San Juan Cap Coach House
Jan-31 Tue Grass Valley, CA Center for the Arts
Feb-01 Wed Chico, CA El Rey
Feb-02 Thu Napa, CA Uptown
Feb-04 Sat Snqoualmie, WA Finapalooza
For more information, please view the official Queensryche website at www.queensryche.com.
30th Anniversary Tour
I think I’ve said on here once or twice that I am a huge Queensryche fan. If not, here ya go. That being said, I have tried to like their newer albums. American Soldier actually was a good album, their best since Promised Land, but the rest just fall a little flat for me.
I have listened to Queensryche since I first heard the EP in 1984. I first saw them in 1988 when the opened for Metallica on the Damaged Justice Tour in San Francisco. Loved the music but thought they were lost on stage in an arena (I was really high that night too, so it could have just been me).
I wouldn’t have the chance to see them again until Building Empires Tour in 1992 where they blew me away by performing Mindcrime in its entirety! They filled the arena and performed like they deserved to be there too.
Many years have gone by and Queensryche has released several albums that the fans (me included) have debated whether they were Ryche worthy or not. But one thing Queensryche has always done well (at least since 92 for me) is perform well live.
They have made sure that they always have a reason for you to come see their show, whether it’s performing suites (large sections of albums) or albums in their entirety, they always give you a reason to see their next tour (besides being a tremendous live band now).
For their 30th Anniversary Tour they have actually reverted back to the old fashioned tour dogma of playing a little something from everything. And I do believe every album was represented (other than their recent covers album) in the set they performed here in Raleigh.
The band in their infinite wisdom didn’t just come out and perform ‘The Lady Wore Black’ and run through their hits chronologically, they mixed it up, Starting the set with the latest ‘Get Started’ and moved on to a brilliant version of ‘Damaged’. The sole representation of Promised Land was a real treat for me and live was great and no small feat to pull off in my opinion!
‘Desert Dance’ off of Tribe was actually a great tune live. And maybe that’s what their latest studio albums need to bring them to life or more favor to their fans, to be performed live. You can always tell the newer tunes (anything after Promised Land in my opinion is the ‘newer’ stuff) when they’re performed because they just seem to be a little less… connected maybe? It is very difficult for me to describe, but my girlfriend was with me at the show (her third Queensryche show thanks to me) and she would even turn to me during the newer stuff and remark that it must be a newer song because it was missing something. It wasn’t as ‘rich’ as the other tunes and this is from someone who only hears them when I play them and live she can even tell the difference between pre-Promised Land and post-Promised Land material.
The highlight of the night for me had to be ‘The Real World’. I have never seen it performed live and never thought I would considering it was a cast off from the soundtrack to Last Action Hero. And I wasn’t sure they could pull it live considering the heavy string arrangement by the late Michael Kamen (RIP Sir) but it sounded fantastic and had half the crowd shaking their head wondering where the song was from and the other half drooling over it.
Queensryche‘s run from NM 156 to Screaming In Digital was a stroke of brilliance and I’ve often wondered why they haven’t done it before. Geoff Tate’s voice hasn’t lost a step over the years, he may not be able to hold the higher notes as long as he used to, but he still puts on a hell of a show and sings his ass off and does himself and the band proud. In the age of all these 80’s bands trying to sing their old stuff after 30 years of vocal abuse and simple age and mangling their legacy doing so (see Joe Elliot of Def Leppard, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Joey Belladonna of Anthrax, etc, etc, etc) it is great to see someone able to still sing their material correctly and not just that, but very well done!
The Ryche may not be headlining arenas anymore but based on their live shows they should be. The theaters we’re seeing them in today makes for an intimate setting but the sound that the band generates should be filling arenas around the world. A live Queensryche show is always something to behold and they always come up with a new reason to go see them, and see them you should. The band has been around for 30 years for a reason, and their live show says everything you need to know about them. Michael Wilton is a great guitarist and Parker Lundgren holds his own with Michael and the band. Eddie Jackson has always been a beast at the bass and there may only be one or two people better on the drums that Scott Rockenfield. The man can certainly go step for step with Mike Portnoy and Neil Peart. And as I’ve already stated, the showmanship and vocals of Geoff Tate are nothing short of spectacular 30 years on!
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Thursday, October 27, 2011 – Chameleon Club
Photos by Marcy J. Royce
I Don’t Believe In Love
Hit The Black
My Empty Room
At 30,000 Feet
Screaming In Digital
The Lady Wore Black
Walk In The Shadows
The Right Side Of My Mind
At The Edge
Take Hold Of The Flame
Eyes Of A Stranger
As we arrived at the Chameleon Club and searched for parking, I knew what was inside would be nothing short of a sellout. And I was right! Walking into the room I noticed the super crowded area at the back bar. Yes, damn near a sellout. People were packed into the slender but long facility, all charged up to see Queensryche. And I noticed the average age of the fans, 35+. As Queensryche garnished most of it’s fans from the old school metal/rock of the 80′s and early 90′s.
Making my way from the back bar to the front by the stage was going to be difficult. Everyone was sardined in place. After a generous offer from a trusted security guy, we made it to where we needed to be. As I looked over the crowd I saw just how pumped up they were. Took my place in the pit and felt the crowd energy as they became restless, chanting ‘Ryche, ‘Ryche, ‘Ryche. The frenzy was about to take off.
The last time I saw Queensryche was when they were an opener for Judas Priest in June 2005 at The Giant Center in Hershey, PA. Needless to say 6 years was a long time for me to see them again. But oh so well worth the wait. Get Started was a perfect opener. Luckily I was the only photog in the pit, during that song I was everywhere. Geoff was working off the crowd energy and he returned that energy. Once again, the best place to be to feel that electricity is where I was. I get off of that stuff, pumps me up, pushes me hard to capture as much of the energy through my camera as I can. Next up was Damaged followed by I Don’t Believe In Love (which is one of my favorites). The fan frenzy for that song was iconic. I heard just as much sing along as I did Geoff through the PA system. Tingles ran down my spine. It’s a feeling like no other.
I made my way to my spot that I occupied for the rest of the night, just off stage left. I had a somewhat obstructed view because of the architecture of the Chameleon, but I bobbed and weaved to see what I needed. The great part about this spot is the long stretch of 1 foot high mirrors on the oppposite side of the room. This way I could see how packed the fans were, right up to the railings, on both the second and third levels. Arms were waving and the voltage meter rised with every song. This spot was also much better for me to take in all that is Scott Rockenfield. I love drummers and their craft. I take in everything that I can. Scott was quiet impressive with his kit setup and use of everything. One woman directly in front of me kept taking photos of Scott and Parker, she was so enamored with them both. She would look back at me and giggle. I laughed as I knew I shared that same sentiment for Scott. Parker and Michael were both tearing up the stage. Riffs and solos screaming with metal goodness. I did notice when Parker changed guitars to start using the Gretsch, that poor guy looked so small. But boy did he make that thing sing.
The night went so fast. Lots of good choices for the setlist. And I was heavily anticipating the encore. I just knew Jet City Woman and Empire HAD to be in there. Two staples of the good ole earlier days of ‘Ryche. But I was sadly disappointed. One encore song was played, Eyes Of A Stranger. Not sure why they nixed those other two songs, it was on the setlist to perform. Maybe someone wasn’t feeling well, and I can understand that. But nonetheless, I as an old fan was left wanting them. Guess that means I’ll have to catch them again soon. Which I hope to do!
For all that is Queensryche, go to http://www.queensryche.com/
Special thanks to Jeff Albright for making this happen for myself and Away-Team. It was a pleasure sir!
ShipRocked 2011, the music and life-style cruise, sets sail November 14th – 19th, heading for the tip of Mexico and its popular stretch of gorgeous Caribbean water known for scuba diving, shopping and bars aplenty.
This performance of Mindcrime – which will feature Maria Brink of IN THIS MOMENT on vocals as “Sister Mary” – will be the band’s first of the album since the Rocklahoma festival in the summer of 2008.
“We’ve always enjoyed performing for our fans in intimate settings and the forthcoming ShipRocked cruise will certainly be one of those occasions,” states Queensrÿche lead singer Geoff Tate, who returns with the band for their second ShipRocked cruise. “We’re calling this one, ‘Mutiny on the Mindcrime‘.”
The special performance of Operation: Mindcrime, covering all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as ‘Revolution Calling’, ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, ‘I Don’t Believe In Love’ and the closing track ‘Eyes Of A Stranger’, will be in addition to a greatest hits performance that will take place on another night of the cruise, which sets sail towards the Mayan Riviera on Monday, November 14th.
Maria Brink is ecstatic about joining Queensrÿche for the ten-minute song, ‘Suite Sister Mary‘. “I am so excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity to sing with Queensrÿche on the upcoming ShipRocked cruise! All of us in the band are huge Queensrÿche fans, and Geoff Tate is one of the best lead singers in the business. Getting to sing ‘Suite Sister Mary’ off the original Mindcrime album is a huge honor. This is going to be a cruise to remember!”
Acts confirmed for ShipRocked include: BROKEN TEETH, BUCKCHERRY, HELLYEAH, HINDER, IN THIS MOMENT, LIVING COLOUR, LYNAM, QUEENSRŸCHE, SEVENDUST.
For more SHIPROCKED 2011 click here.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the October 18 release of Queensrÿche: Mindcrime At The Moore — the first Queensrÿche Blu-Ray ever.
Filmed in front of the band’s hometown crowd in Seattle over three nights in 2006, the story of Nikki, as originally told on two albums—1988’s Operation: Mindcrime and 2006’s Operation: Mindcrime II —is the story of one of the most enigmatic characters in the history of Progressive Rock. Nikki’s a junkie, a political revolutionary and an assassin. His relationships with Sister Mary and the manipulative Dr. X form the backbone of a complex tale that is told at the Moore Theater with actors, staging and film.
Three hours long, recorded in DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital 5.1, with three bonus extras—a tour documentary, a version of “The Chase” from Los Angeles with Ronnie James Dio as Dr. X, and “Queensrÿche Rock’n’Ride” (a documentary on the band’s charity motorcycle event)—Mindcrime At The Moore is a high-definition knock-out of a disc that fully presents this mammoth stage production the way it was meant to be told. The band—vocalist Geoff Tate, drummer Scott Rockenfield, bassist Eddie Jackson and guitarists Michael Wilton/Mike Stone—are augmented by Pamela Moore as Sister Mary and the aforementioned Dio who only performed as Dr. X that one time and was shown on film for the rest of the tour.
The 32-song concert ends with an additional two-song encore of fan favorites “Jet City Woman” and “Walk In The Shadows.” The two critically acclaimed Mindcrime albums have sold over two million copies in North America alone.
OPERATION: MINDCRIME PART I
I Remember Now
Spreading The Disease
Suite Sister Mary
The Needle Lies
Breaking The Silence
I Don’t Believe In Love
Waiting For 22
My Empty Room
Eyes Of A Stranger
OPERATION: MINDCRIME PART II
One Foot In Hell
Speed Of Light
Signs Say Go
If I Could Change It All
An Intentional Confrontation
A Junkie’s Blues
Fear City Slide
All The Promises
Walk In The Shadows
Jet City Woman
To purchase Queensryche: Mindcrime At The Moore click here.
QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate issues explanation on why the band had to cancel shows this week.
QUEENSRŸCHE is currently on tour celebrating their 30th Anniversary, all confirmed dates are below.
08/14/11 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore United States
08/16/11 St. Louis, MO The Pageant United States
08/17/11 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room United States
08/18/11 Cleveland, OH House of Blues United States
08/19/11 Detroit, MI The Fillmore United States
08/20/11 Chicago, IL Congress Theater United States
08/21/11 Milwaukee, WI The Rave United States
08/25/11 Palmer, AK Alaska State Fair United States
08/27/11 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre United States
08/28/11 Hillsboro, OR Washington County Fairgrounds United States
09/06/11 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory United States
09/07/11 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater United States
09/08/11 Boise, ID Knitting Factory United States
09/09/11 Reno, NV Knitting Factory United States
09/10/11 Chico, CA Senator Theater United States
09/11/11 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades United States
09/14/11 Tucson, AZ Rialto United States
09/15/11 Phoenix, AZ The Foundry United States
09/16/11 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Hotel & Casino United States
09/17/11 Denver, CO Ogden Theater United States
09/19/11 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom United States
09/20/11 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theater United States
09/22/11 Dallas, TX House of Blues United States
09/23/11 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino United States
09/24/11 Houston, TX House of Blues United States
09/25/11 Austin, TX Emo’s East United States
09/28/11 Anaheim, CA House of Blues United States
09/29/11 San Diego, CA House of Blues United States
09/30/11 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues United States
10/01/11 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues United States
10/02/11 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom United States
11/04/11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade United States
11/05/11 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues United States
11/06/11 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s United States
11/10/11 Ponte Vedra, FA Ponte Vedra Concert Hall United States
11/11/11 Ft Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live United States
11/12/11 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues United States
11/14/11 – 11/19/11 Cozumel Shiprocked Cruise United States
11/20/11 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckard Hall United States
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Yes I love Queensryche. Yes I have the TriRyche tattooed on my bicep. Yes I have every album. Yes I still go to every show I can. Yes I still promote them as much as I can. But they haven’t put out a good album since 1994′s Promised Land in my opinion. It sucks, I hate that they apparently can’t write a decent song or album without Chris DeGarmo.
Hear In The Now, Q2K, Operation: Mindcrime 2, and even American Soldier (which was ALMOST a good album)… I can’t listen to them… I want to, I try every couple of years to go back to them and see if they improve over time or my taste changes enough to enjoy/love those albums. But alas its not to be.
Again I still go to every show because they sound great, when the newer stuff get played I kind of tune out and just focus on Geoff singing or Scott killing the drums. All though on their last tour they did a suite from 3 albums, Empire, Rage For Order, and American Soldier, the American Soldier stuff was really good live, just not on CD.
I so badly want them to put out a good album, I so badly want to love whatever they do… But I can’t. The music without Chris is just missing…. Emotion, depth, something.
I am all for bands changing, maturing, stretching, etc… I mean I can’t listen to the last 5 AC/DC or Aerosmith albums because they are indistinguishable between the previous 5 they’ve each done. They’re stuck in a writing formula that works for them, and sells records, but it doesn’t make for good music to me.
Listen to Queensryche‘s EP. Then Empire. Then Promised Land. Listen to the vast difference in sound and songwriting between those three albums. Then listen to the last 4 albums. Worlds apart in songwriting. It isn’t about stretching and failing.. it’s about crappy songwriting.
And so now we have Dedicated to Chaos, Queensryche‘s new album and Get Started, the first single off that album. Geoff Tate has said in the press recently that this is a departure for the band, that sound wise it is something they have never done yet. That is is a ‘headphone’ album, best heard/experienced with headphones on. So when I read that I got excited. For he has said that before about Promised Land. In fact for the premier listening party of Promised Land they had everyone sitting in chairs with headphones on listening to the album.
So if Geoff is somehow comparing Dedicated To Chaos to the sonic quality of Promised Land, then color me All In!
Sadly, I received the single Get Started today. And as I listen to it for the 10th time or so (yes with my headphones on), I’m afraid this is no Promised Land, this is more of the same, more of the last 4 albums instead of the first 4.
And sonically, I don’t see the ‘need’ for headphones, where Promised Land was a rich sonic texture that still unveils new layers 16 years later, Get Started is well produced, but not sure it has any layers that reveal themselves upon multiple listens.
Here’s hoping that Get Started is just that… The band getting started, and that the rest of the album is truly a departure from the last 15 years of recorded Queensryche.
QUEENSRŸCHE have announced a special night to benefit Japan. The event will take place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle, WA on April 16th at 8 PM EST.
The night will kick off with an introduction to the third vintage of Insania wine, a collaboration between Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate and Three Rivers Winery. Guests can purchase and enjoy the wine and have Geoff autograph the bottle. Before the night is over, the band will take the stage and perform an acoustic set of their favourite songs.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the relief efforts in Japan. Tickets are $20 advance and $30 at doors. Age 21 and over only. To order tickets go here.
As previously reported, Queensrÿche have announced that their new album will be called Dedicated To Chaos, and it will be released this summer. It’s the band’s first effort for its new label, Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud.
For more QUEENSRŸCHE click here.
7 out of 10
Who doesn’t love Frank? Seriously, who out there doesn’t like at least a little Frank Sinatra? If you don’t, you probably haven’t really listened to him. And if you haven’t ever sat down and really listened to Mr. Sinatra then do yourself a favor and grab a CD of his and sit down and find out for yourself what all the hub bub is about.
When I first heard about SIN-atra the rock/metal tribute to Frank Sinatra I was very excited. I thought it was a great idea. And when I heard all the names attached to the project, I was even more excited to hear the album.
Upon hearing the album I was surprised and disappointed at the same time. Some of it worked, but most of it kind of left me scratching my head.
You have one of the greatest song writers of a generation, one of the most popular singers of all time supplying the material, then you have such great voices like Glenn Hughes, Geoff Tate, Time Owens, Eric Martin, and Dee Snider to belt out the great tunes. How could this go wrong?
There are two schools of thought about doing covers. One is to make the song ‘your own’ and change it up a little or a lot. The second school of thought is to stay true to the song and redo it note for note. Both are valid, but I have found that when a band or artist ‘reinterprets’ a song, it is usually to the detriment of the song. Just my opinion, but that’s why you’re reading this, to get my opinion.
The artists on SIN-atra have for the most part taken the songs and put their own touches on them. For the most part the songs are recognizable as the originals, but the arrangements and vocals throw a new spin on old classics. Some work, sadly for me, most didn’t.
The stand outs for me were Dee Snider’s It Was A Very Good Year (for the simple balls out vocal performance), Jani Lane’s That’s Life (last song on the disc, and may just very well be the closest to the original, Kudos to Jani for a great performance here), and Dug Pinnick’s I’ve Got The World On A String (for another great vocal performance).
The best laughs were the over the top performances of Franky Perez’s High Hopes, Elias Soriano’s Love And Marriage, and the tripped out and possibly best song on the album Robin Zander’s Fly Me to The Moon. And when I say best laughs, I don’t mean they are so bad they are good, I mean they are so over the top they are good. Very tongue in cheek, nudge nudge, wink wink, and if you get it, you can enjoy the hell out of it.
I was disappointed in Geoff Tate’s Summerwind. The man has an amazing voice, but the arrangement of this song was flat and uninteresting. It was one of the most anticipated songs for me, and there for almost the most disappointing. But taking the cake was certainly Joey Belladonna’s Strangers In The Night. Completely out of his range, he should have picked a different song to perform. Just a completely horrid song. So bad it is bad. But… it wasn’t the worst cover I’d hear today… for that gem (or turd) you’ll have to read my review on Stryper’s new album The Covering.
Great attempt here, but a few too many misses to be a great album. The disc is worth picking up for Dee Snider, Robin Zander, Franky Perez, and Elias Soriano’s performances alone.
Check out AOL’s listening party where you can listen to the album online right here.
You can pick up SIN-atra right here.
On March 28th, Eagle Rock’s Armoury Records is releasing the truly unique SIN-atra album. This is another mind and genre-bending triumph from the team that brought you We Wish You A Metal Xmas and, put simply, is the world of heavy metal’s tribute to the genius of FRANK SINATRA.
Featuring a great line-up of artists, SIN-atra offers a set of totally original versions of classic Frank Sinatra songs. The album features twelve songs made famous by Ol’ Blue Eyes which are given a radical and individual new treatment from some of the finest voices in rock including members of ANTHRAX, TWISTED SISTER, DEEP PURPLE, QUEENSRŸCHE, MR BIG, WARRANT and CHEAP TRICK with the backing of a superb band led by guitarist Bob Kulick (KISS/MEAT LOAF).
New York, New York (Devin Townsend)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Glenn Hughes)
Summerwind (Geoff Tate)
It Was A Very Good Year (Dee Snider)
Witchcraft (Tim “Ripper” Owens)
Fly Me To The Moon (Robin Zander)
Lady Is A Tramp (Eric Martin)
I’ve Got The World On A String (Dug Pinnick)
Love And Marriage (Elias Soriano)
Strangers In The Night (Joey Belladonna)
High Hopes (Franky Perez)
That’s Life (Jani Lane)
These classics are re-imagined musically by the SIN-atra house band which features Bob Kulick (guitar); Brett Chassen (drums); Billy Sheehan (bass); Doug Katsaros (keyboards and orchestrations); Richie Kotzen (lead guitar on That’s Life). The songs are known to everyone but you’ve never heard them quite like this before!
To pre-order your SIN-ATRA click here.
Y&T will be holding a special New Year’s Eve Benefit Concert for original bassist Phil Kennemore who was recently been diagnosed with metastatic cancer. The event will be held on December 31st at The Avalon in Santa, Clara, CA. Doors are at 8PM and tickets are $75. 100% of the proceeds will go to Phil Kennemore.
Special guests who have volunteered to perform include:
Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE)
Don Dokken (DOKKEN)
Bobby Blotzer (RATT)
Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL)
Sean McNabb (Dokken, MONTROSE)
Loren Gold (ROGER DALTREY)
Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT)
Friends who have donated items/services to help include:
Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT), Joey Allen, Erik Turner from WARRANT, Jeff Scott Soto (ex-TALISMAN, JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), TIGERTAILZ, Timothy Drury (ex-WHITESNAKE).
QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate will discuss the 20th Anniversary Edition of Empire on Rockline on Wednesday, December 1st. The program airs at 8:30 PM (PT) / 11:30 PM (ET). Fans are encouraged to speak with Tate by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the internet for the broadcast go here.
The expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of Empire is out this week in the US and Canada.
The new two-CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 smash ‘Silent Lucidity‘, as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The two-CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring rare photos from the band’s personal archive.
For more QUEENSRYCHE click here.
Seattle-based progressive metallers and four time Grammy nominees QUEENSRŸCHE have signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Loud & Proud Records, a Roadrunner Records imprint focusing on established artists. The band’s label debut — their twelfth studio album overall — is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2011 release. Singer and founder Geoff Tate remains the creative nucleus of the band, which continues to make relevant, against-the-grain hard rock that entices fans, both new and diehard.
QUEENSRŸCHE have been — and unquestionably remain — one of the most respected and innovative names in forward-thinking hard rock throughout the course of their nearly 30-year history. Since their inception over 25 years ago, QUEENSRŸCHE have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have performed in over 22 countries.
“We are very happy to be signing with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud. This is the rock label and a place where they are as excited about our music as we and our fans are,” Tate said.
“We are excited to welcome QUEENSRŸCHE to the label,” stated Loud & Proud president Tom Lipsky. “They have earned global acclaim for their distinctive approach to music and we are confident of a successful partnership with them.”
As previously reported QUEENSRYCHE is set to release the EMPIRE 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION 2CD boxset. Read more here.
QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate and ex-guitarist Chris DeGarmo will be interviewed on the “In The Studio” show during the week of August 23. They will discuss the 20th anniversary of their most commercially successful album to date, “Empire“, with the Dallas, Texas-based rock and roll disc jockey Redbeard.
“In The Studio” is a weekly hour-long interview-with-music “rockumentary” which looks at the making of many of the greatest albums recorded in rock and roll history, although sometimes it spotlights the history of rock and roll bands. Redbeard interviews the musicians who created these classic albums.
For more information on ‘In The Studio’ click here.
The 20th-anniversary edition of “Empire” will be released in North America on September 14 via EMI Music. In addition to the original CD remastered with bonus tracks from the 2003 reissue, “Empire – 20th Anniversary Edition” will include a bonus disc of a live concert from 1990.
The track listing is as follows:
Disc 1 (original CD remastered with bonus tracks from 2003 reissue):
01. Best I Can
02. The Thin Line
03. Jet City Woman
04. Della Brown
05. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
08. Silent Lucidity
09. Hand On Heart
10. One And Only
11. Anybody Listening?
12. Last Time In Paris
13. Scarborough Fair
14. Dirty Lil Secret
Disc 2 (live tracks recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on November 15, 1990):
02. Walk In The Shadows
03. Best I Can
04. The Thin Line
05. Jet City Woman
07. Roads To Madness
08. Take Hold Of The Flame
09. Silent Lucidity
10. Hand On Heart
For more QUEENSRYCHE click here.
QUEENSRYCHE updates us with the following: “Queensrÿche Cabaret, featuring go-go and burlesque dancers, drag queens, a juggler, aerialists, a ballerina, a contortionist and much, much more has more tour dates and more passes! Band to perform hits plus never-heard-before selections at what’s being heralded as ‘the first Adults Only rock show.’
There are Meet & Greet passes, On Stage passes allowing campaign members to be on stage as part of the show with the cast while the band is playing, Victim passes for those ready to endure what our dominatrix and go go girls can dish out, and now there is a new Private Drum Lesson pass to win a pre-show private drum lesson with Scott Rockenfield. This is a one on one experience that happens before the show.
You can apply for any or all of the passes to any show you will be attending. You will not be able to switch passes once drawn. Please grab your tickets and sign up for any of these passes at www.queensryche.com.”
The Cabaret Tour dates:
22 – Anaheim, California – The Grove
23 – Los Angeles, California – Club Nokia
24 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Crown Theater
25 – San Francisco, California – Regency Ballroom
5 – New Orleans, Louisiana – House Of Blues
6 – Houston, Texas – House Of Blues
7 – San Antonio, Texas – Backstage Live
8 – Dallas, Texas – House Of Blues
18 – Asbury Park, NJ – Paramount Theatre **
19 – Atlantic City, NJ – House Of Blues **
20 – New York, NY – Nokia Theatre **
21 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Casino **
22 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights **
28 – Kansas City, Missouri – Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s
29 – Chicago, Illinois – House of Blues
30 – Mount Pleasant, Michigan – Soaring Eagle Casino
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