Remember when Queensryche were forged of pure metal? I vividly remember getting The Warning on vinyl. I was 14 years old, my impressionable mind just waiting to be filled with new ideas and dreams. I started reading comics and books at a young age, so I was already open to sci-fi, ghosts, monsters, rituals – the gamut of geekdom. I always loved heavy metal and harder rock. I’m not saying hey, look at my throbbing metal street cred, because I also owned (and enjoyed) music from The Bay City Rollers (Risinger & McKee remember), Andy Gibb, Olivia Newton John, and many of the flavor-of-the-week top 40 stars the era pooped out. Hey, I’ve owned up to it just to tell you I’m coming from a fan’s perspective.
Classic Queensryche 1984 era
The cover of The Warning is a backdrop of the earth. Across it are three occult-inspired Tarot cards, two are face down, one in the middle is face up, titled: “The Warning”, complete with a face shooting lasers or cosmic beams. A lone hand wearing a fingerless glove is holding the card in question. Pretty metal, huh? It implies magic, the earth in peril, I mean, the title alone is a cautionary statement. Metal always had the coolest and cheesiest of album art. Sometime they met in the middle and transcended themselves, and one of those is albums is Queensryche’s ‘The Warning’. I was already a fan after getting their self-titled EP as a Junior High graduation present, so this new full-length record was giving me fits. I elevated it to my own personal jewel of metaldom, where it remains with Operation: Mindcrime, and you know, the Iron Maidens and Metallicas of the world. My wounded metal heart* ached many a time over the years. It clenched tight with the deaths of Cliff Burton, Peter Steele, and Dimebag Darrell. It cringed through Metallica’s post-Cliff and post–Justice days, it nearly gave out with the loss of Dio or the invention of Nickelback, Creed, or Limp Bizkit. Sadly, “Queensryche” are back and they makin’ my damn heart hurrt. Here’s some specific incidents listed by album title.
Empire (yes, seriously, it’s a maybe at best…at best)
Here in the Now Frontier
Operation: Mindcrime II
Dedicated to Chaos
That’s a lofty list, I realize that. These are lofty offenses as well. If these albums were an old west town, their asses would be up in smoke, like midnight rider stealth shit. Well, if you haven’t heard the news, go ahead and read this post from the uh, official…bi-official Queensryche page.
Today is a new day and I am thrilled to announce the new Queensrÿche.
Joining me are: Rudy Sarzo, Bobby Blotzer, Kelly Gray and Randy Gane.
Together we shall embark on a new musical journey that will be a greater extension of where Queensrÿche has ever been.
LOL Seriously? Oh, man, then it got all types of terrible. I love that the above statement mentions this new “SuperRyche” will out perform the original lineup. So, a Queensryche comprised of members of Ratt and Quiet Riot are better? I’m still wincing from it all. Queensryche splintered, booted Tate out, hired him back and then replaced half the band repeatedly. Here’s this jewel from Wiki
Queensrÿche with Geoff Tate
On September 1, Geoff Tate announced a new Queensrÿche lineup on his official Facebook page, featuring Rudy Sarzo, Bobby Blotzer, Glen Drover, and two of his former band mates from Myth, Kelly Gray and Randy Gane. Drover left the band on November 23, 2012, and on January 25, his replacement was announced to be guitarist Robert Sarzo, while Blotzer has been replaced on drums by Simon Wright.
Queensrÿche with Geoff Tate is promoted by their booking agent under the name “Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate the Original Voice”. They will perform an “Operation: Mindcrime Anniversary Tour” starting April 6, 2013, celebrating the album’s 25th anniversary, with 13 confirmed dates in the American Southwest. The band is signed to Cleopatra Records, and will be recording an album with guest appearances of K. K. Downing and Ty Tabor.
Slow down. There’s still this to deal with.
Queensrÿche with Todd La Torre
- Michael Wilton – lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars, backing vocals (1982–present)
- Eddie Jackson – bass, backing vocals (1982–present)
- Scott Rockenfield – drums, percussion, keyboards (1982–present)
- Parker Lundgren – lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars, backing vocals (2009–present)
- Todd La Torre – lead vocals (2012–present)
Three original members, but no DeGarmo or Tate, possibly worse than Queensryche One? Maybe? Definitely not? I feel like this band suddenly stumbled into one of DC Comics’ two bahzillion multiverses. So, who will ultimately outsuck the other? Will Queensryche Two surprise us, or will TatesRyche, also known as Queensryche One and Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate the Original Voice, command the lead as expected? If a third Queensryche were to emerge, this could be a serious RycheFecta. Who knows? I shall consult with my copy of The Warning.
The point here is this, Queensryche, if I complain on your Facebook page, don’t disable or delete my comments. Are you so jumpy that any negative attention is a threat? I think you’ve got that base covered all by yourself. Restrict comments if you must, just realize those opinions become much louder after deletion, especially on a blog.
RIP Queensryche 1990
Before you go, check out these timeless metal classics…and some really crappy ones.
Roads to Madness from The Warning 1984
The Lady Wore Black from the self-titled EP 1983
The Misson from Operation: Mindcrime 1988 (my favorite metal album of all time)
Eyes of a Stranger from Operation: Mindcrime 1988
And the thing currently masquerading as Queensryche:
Tribe from Tribe 2003 Finally, the chance for some fat Tate raps. WTF. You’ll be pissed after this.
The Hands from Operation: Mindcrime II 2006
If I Were King from American Soldier 2009
Well, sorry, kids, but that’s the current state of the once phenomenal Queensryche. The musicians that created some of metal’s best music will forever be known as this bickering corporation of aging rockers. Thank you, Chris DeGarmo, for showing such decorum. At least one pivotal member has kept his integrity and rock star attitude in check. Thank you for all the amazing songs – they sculpted my metal years.
*Metal fan easter egg
Before you go, here’s one smug ass Geoff Tate seemingly unable to process why the “crowd” isn’t erupting into applause. What an asshole.