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TODD LA TORRE-Fronted Version Of QUEENSRŸCHE: Biloxi Concert Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE performing on March 14 at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi can be seen below.

QUEENSRŸCHE has inked a deal with Century Media Records for the release of the band’s new studio album. Due on June 11, the CD marks the debut release from the lineup comprised of La Torre (vocals; ex-CRIMSON GLORY), Michael Wilton (guitar), Parker Lundgren (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). The drums for the album were recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer James “Jimbo” Barton — the man who engineered and mixed the band’s classic 1988 LP, “Operation: Mindcrime”, and its 1990 follow-up, “Empire”, and co-produced 1994’s “Promised Land”. The rest of the music and vocals were laid down at several different facilities on the West Coast.

In a recent interview with Metal Assault, QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield stated about QUEENSRŸCHE‘s renewed collaboration with Barton: “It’s a great thing — we’re really excited about it, he’s really excited about it. We’ve wanted to work with him for a while, but for whatever reason, we just hadn’t gone there yet. This is a great time for us to do that, though. We all discussed who we wanted to do the record with, and he was one of the first names that came up. It was easy for us to pick up the phone and call him. It was like our relationship picked up right where it left off, so it’s gonna be a lot of fun. He’s a very creative guy that did some great records with us in the past. I think that’s one of the most important things when it comes to why we want to work with him.”

Asked if fans will see a return to the progressive metal sound QUEENSRŸCHE had in the ’80s, Scott said: “What we’re trying to do, and what has been really interesting since Todd has jumped into the band, we’re trying to revisit the old QUEENSRŸCHE catalog — stuff off of the EP and “The Warning”. That’s always been a part of what we are, so yeah, definitely! I think in my opinion, we’re really revisiting that vibe of why that music was special back then for us. There will be a modern flair to it, though, just because we’re in the modern age. The fun thing about Jimbo being a part of it is that he can help tie together the two sides. He does come from our past and some of the great records and some of the great sounds that we’re known for, but he’s also living in the modern age and doing some interesting things as well. I think it’s going to be a really great QUEENSRŸCHE record. People are going to go, ‘Wow, that’s QUEENSRŸCHE! That sounds just like what we’ve known them to be, and what we would expect them to now be.’ That’s what I think peple will get out of it.”

GEOFF TATE’s QUEENSRŸCHE: New Album Details Revealed

The Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE has set “Frequency Unknown” as the title of its new album, due on April 23 via the Los Angeles-based independent label Cleopatra Records. The CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Nortern California. Continue reading GEOFF TATE’s QUEENSRŸCHE: New Album Details Revealed

GEOFF TATE On Former QUEENSRŸCHE Bandmates – “They Have Basically Sliced Their Own Throat And Rubbed The Name Of The Band In The Dirt In This Quest Of Theirs, And Have No Sane Reason Why Such Madness Was Necessary”

Legendary Rock Interviews’ John Parks has issued a new interview with rock vocalist Geoff Tate in which he discusses the state of the incarnation of QUEENSRŸCHE he is currently fronting, the Mindcrime tour, former bandmates and more. An excerpt follows:  Continue reading GEOFF TATE On Former QUEENSRŸCHE Bandmates – “They Have Basically Sliced Their Own Throat And Rubbed The Name Of The Band In The Dirt In This Quest Of Theirs, And Have No Sane Reason Why Such Madness Was Necessary”

Craig Locicero, Paul Bostaph To Guest On “Way Heavier” Album From Geoff Tate-Fronted QUEENSRŸCHE

The Geoff Tate-fronted QUEENSRŸCHE are currently mixing their upcoming album with Jason Slater. Guitarist Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, SPIRALARMS) has just revealed that he and drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, Forbidden) “have played most of the music” on the album that will also feature bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche 1998 – 2001), keyboardist Randy Gane, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) and guest appearances by K.K. Downing (ex-JUDAS PRIEST), Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Ty Tabor (KING’S X) and Bobby Blotzer (RATT).

Locicero says that the album “is WAY HEAVIER then most anyone is expecting!

Geoff and Jason have been nothing but awesome to us and it gave Paul and I (pictured below) a chance to contribute together on a metal record once again. I was working on it for a few weeks and play on every song. There are kick ass solo contributions from Dave Meniketti, Ty Tabor, Brad Gillis, KK Downing and Chris Cannella. As well as bass played by Rudy Sarzo and more drums from Simon Write. It’s some great company to be around and it was an honor to be a part of it.

I know what the perception of the Queensrÿche camp is and I really don’t give a fuck. QR was one of my favorite bands from the EP through Operation Mindcrime. When I was approached about doing the record I did contemplate all of the turmoil, but I love a challenge. I accepted the challenge and think Geoff has a kick ass record to deliver the fans…in spite of what some may expect. The songs are cool, classy and in some cases stupidly heavy!

So there you have it. I am not IN Queensrÿche, SpiralArms is still my baby with a killer record to be released very soon. So Geoff has a touring line-up ready to go this Summer. I’m simply stoked to have put some my riff-age in the mix with once of heavy metal’s most recognizable and classic voices.”

The Geoff-Tate-fronted Queensrÿche will release the full-length via Cleopatra Records later this year.

The Operation: Mindcrime 25th Anniversary tour is slated to begin in April (see below) with the new line-up. The performance will cover 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’. It will also feature other selections from the Queensrÿche catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime II.

25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013

April
6 – Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
11 – Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
13 – Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
14 – Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
16 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
18 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
19 – 4th & B in San Diego, California
20 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
21 – Fillmore in San Francisco, California

More dates to be announced.

TODD LA TORRE-Fronted Version Of QUEENSRŸCHE: Audio Sample Of New Song Available

A 90-second audio sample of a new song called “Redemption” from the the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE was premiered on last night’s (Friday, February 22) edition of Eddie Trunk‘s “Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM and can now be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

As previously reported, the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE has finished recording the drums for its new album at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer James “Jimbo” Barton — the man who engineered and mixed the band’s classic 1988 LP, “Operation: Mindcrime”, and its 1990 follow-up, “Empire”, and co-produced 1994’s “Promised Land”. The rest of the music and vocals are being laid down at several different facilities on the West Coast.

In a recent interview with Metal Assault, drummer Scott Rockenfield stated about QUEENSRŸCHE‘s renewed collaboration with Barton: “It’s a great thing — we’re really excited about it, he’s really excited about it. We’ve wanted to work with him for a while, but for whatever reason, we just hadn’t gone there yet. This is a great time for us to do that, though. We all discussed who we wanted to do the record with, and he was one of the first names that came up. It was easy for us to pick up the phone and call him. It was like our relationship picked up right where it left off, so it’s gonna be a lot of fun. He’s a very creative guy that did some great records with us in the past. I think that’s one of the most important things when it comes to why we want to work with him.”

Asked if fans will see a return to the progressive metal sound QUEENSRŸCHE had in the ’80s, Scott said: “What we’re trying to do, and what has been really interesting since Todd has jumped into the band, we’re trying to revisit the old QUEENSRŸCHE catalog — stuff off of the EP and “The Warning”. That’s always been a part of what we are, so yeah, definitely! I think in my opinion, we’re really revisiting that vibe of why that music was special back then for us. There will be a modern flair to it, though, just because we’re in the modern age. The fun thing about Jimbo being a part of it is that he can help tie together the two sides. He does come from our past and some of the great records and some of the great sounds that we’re known for, but he’s also living in the modern age and doing some interesting things as well. I think it’s going to be a really great QUEENSRŸCHE record. People are going to go, ‘Wow, that’s QUEENSRŸCHE! That sounds just like what we’ve known them to be, and what we would expect them to now be.’ That’s what I think peple will get out of it.”