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70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Re: Megadeth
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:01:09 PM »
Megadeth and Lamb of God co-headlining North American Tour dates announced with Trivium and In Flames.

https://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/Music/2020/02/10/Megadeth-Lamb-of-God-to-launch-tour-in-June/4911581350720/

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Progressive Rock / Re: Patrick Moraz
« on: February 10, 2020, 12:42:32 PM »
That Refugee stuff is awesome, with two thirds of The Nice involved I was curious. I wouldn't have expected Moraz to be suited to that Keith Emerson type style, but this again was early in his career before his brief stint in Yes. He shows some definite versatility on that stuff especially synthesizer wise. Pretty impressed.

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70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Re: Black Sabbath
« on: February 10, 2020, 12:37:37 PM »
They sound pretty damn strong here, I think it was the Never Say Die tour where they were a little more spent and were supposedly getting blown off stage nightly by opener Van Halen, which of course was the last tour before the demise of he Ozzy era. But this tour prior to that one, I think they sound pretty good, man gotta love Bill Ward's drumming  8)

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Progressive Rock / Re: Electromagnets (Eric Johnson on Guitar)
« on: February 10, 2020, 12:33:58 PM »
I like that stuff better than Eric Johnson's solo stuff to be honest, with the exception of course of Cliffs of Dover, and he has a few other really good guitar jams, but overall I think this material is stronger and I like the more jazz flavored rock. Shame that band didn't garner more interest and success. 

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QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Queensryche Interview Thread
« on: February 05, 2020, 03:28:28 PM »
Michael Wilton interview with Sweet Death Entertainment prior to the 1-25-20 Texas House of Blues show.

  https://youtu.be/ccePyATO_Fs

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QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: The BEAT DOWN ROOM (BDR)
« on: February 04, 2020, 12:57:52 PM »
Mr. Amusement (Samsara) never ceases to amaze  ;D

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Yeah I bet that took a while, niw do one for Geoff since leaving the band  ;D. Really cool to read through that info though and see what has been played and how often and what hasn't. Nice work  8)

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QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: The BEAT DOWN ROOM (BDR)
« on: January 30, 2020, 02:32:08 PM »
Copying it here before it gets taken down:

Bring Up the Lights: The Need for Unity and a Queensryche Fan's Confession

Geoff Tate’s exit from Queensryche in 2012 understandably fractured the band’s fan base. On one side, you had those supporting Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, and Michael Wilton in the effort to return the band to its metal roots. On the other side, there were many Tate loyalists claiming, “no Tate, no Ryche,” steadfastly refusing to support another singer fronting Queensryche. Both groups of fans constantly bickered on social media platforms, with activities extending as far as Tate band members trying to crash Queensryche’s record release party in 2013, at The Crocodile in Seattle. 

Suffice it to say, when the lawsuit between the band members was settled in 2014 and the smoke cleared, there was a clear line in the sand: you supported either Tate or Queensryche—not both. But here we are in 2020, eight years removed from the ugly incidents that fueled the band’s rupture, and fans still take every opportunity (both publicly and privately) to trash both sides. It needs to end. Now. 

No matter what offshoot or era of Queensryche you prefer, there is a place in the musical landscape for all of them. There’s no point in fans slamming Tate and his solo endeavors, nor is there any reason to rip on the Todd La Torre-fronted Queensryche because you favor the band’s original singer. All it does is hurt everyone in those respective camps, both personally and financially. 

I’m not talking about stopping constructive criticism and observation. Music and live performances of it are meant to be enjoyed and openly debated among fans and critics. Lest we forget one of the original Queensryche’s most oft-cited poignant lyrics from Tate: “Think for yourself. And feel the walls become sand beneath your feet.” Hell, this website is devoted to Queensryche’s original lineup. No, I’m talking specifically in this blog about the senseless bashing of the current and former members of the band, and the impact that likely has on all their livelihoods. 

I realize there is a trend these days of surrounding yourself only with like-minded individuals. From politics to sports, more and more people align themselves with those who agree with them, as opposed to welcoming a mix of opinion. This is particularly true in online communities. Social media creates polarizing groups, which inevitably leads to people trolling others. Such is the internet. It has been that way since the mid-1990s, and I doubt it will ever change. 

But if there is one thing that I’ve observed over the past several years, it’s that Queensryche and Geoff Tate, while they play much of the same music catalog, are distinctly different entities with their own unique strengths and attributes. And while the nature of their split naturally has people at odds, I think fans need to embrace them both and move forward in a positive manner. 

I know what you’re thinking: “How can the guy who so forcefully championed Queensryche moving on from Tate for a decade, and brought the Queensryche lawsuit documents further into the public eye, to support change in the band, be saying all this?” 

The explanation is long, but the answer is simple: I was wrong, and too blinded by the attention I received from my involvement in it all to see the third side to Queensryche’s story—the truth. 

And that truth is that what went on between the members of Queensryche, while fascinating, was their own business, and availing myself of it (and with the band’s blessing, helping to disseminate the information worldwide) was a mistake. Just because you have the facts behind the interpersonal relationships between musicians doesn’t mean you fully understand the band dynamic, and even if you do, explaining it in detail on social platforms only adds fuel to what will likely be a fire of negativity. 

I took my fledgling, yet successful discussion forum, The Breakdown Room, which was set up in 2004 so that fans could constructively comment on the band and its happenings, and aligned it with a band member/friend’s interest, turning it into the de facto news source for the new era of Queensryche. Its popularity soared. Hindsight being 20/20, I never should have gone that route of favoring one side over the other. It’s not that I didn’t believe Jackson, Rockenfield and Wilton—I certainly did, and I trusted what I heard from them and others about what had gone on behind the scenes over the years. But by choosing a side, all semblance of neutrality I had built for the forum was forever tainted. 

It was an error that I instinctively knew but ignored as I enjoyed special access to the band and the privileges that went along with that.  As the years went on, and I shuttered The Breakdown Room permanently in the months following the band’s settlement with Tate, a lot of those relationships with band members shifted—something I was warned would happen by old mutual friends in Seattle—and I found myself at odds (for various reasons) with the very “side” I supported. 

For someone who has spent every day of their life since 1988 listening to, or thinking about Queensryche’s music in some capacity, it was a weird position to be in. After some reflection, I realized that while I may not condone the actions of some band members, I was wrong to “choose a side.” I could have stayed out of the whole Queensryche v. Tate affair, and I probably should have. 

A few years ago, I reached out to Tate via email, apologizing for the impact I had on his career, and expressed my regret having been involved. He replied and accepted that apology. I went to go see him perform in 2017 during his acoustic tour reworking Queensryche classics and found myself truly enjoying the show. Sure, it’s not the same as the original five-member lineup of Queensryche, but nothing really is. But I had a nice time and have tried to catch him when he’s in town ever since. 

I repeated that apology with members of current Queensryche as well. Admittedly, due to a variety of reasons that I don't need to discuss here, that was more difficult. And like any person trying to make a change in how they do something, I mis-stepped occasionally. 

For example, in early 2019, I had early access to Queensryche's latest album, The Verdict, and did a quick first reaction post on a message board about it. The observations I made about the songs were fair.  In subsequent postings, however, because Rockenfield was no longer with them and the band was down to just two original members, I started referring to Queensryche jokingly as “Frankenryche” due to the band replacing parts. Not too long after, Wilton read what I had said and called me out on it, saying he didn't appreciate the commentary, and if I didn't like what the band was doing, to just “move on.” 

That was an eye-opening moment for me. Wilton was right, and it made me take another look at not only what I said, but how and where I said it. There was no need for me to slight the band publicly for changes they needed to make. All that did was bring negativity to the Queensryche name. The post should have only been my constructive thoughts and balanced opinion on the music I had listened to. Period. 

I say all this as context for my main point—people slagging on Tate or on Queensryche need to let go of their biases, reconsider their negativity, and move forward. It's a lesson I unfortunately learned way too late, costing me years of enjoying the music and performances from the band I'm most passionate about. Like me, you may favor a certain era. There’s nothing wrong with that. But there's room enough for both Queensryche and Tate's musical entities to co-exist. Wasting time on social media trolling one side or another (and fellow fans) is ultimately self-defeating, and further tarnishes Queensryche's legacy.



Hmmm.... where to begin? 😒

The only thing End Of Line is sorry about is the fact that his online reputation is severely (and permanently) TARNISHED from all the havoc he wreaked on his old site.

Fact is, he relished in the attention he was getting all those years, incredulously, at the band and Tate's expense. Seems to me Rustvold took advantage of their generosity, and rightly told him and the wife where to go.

I will agree with Birdbrain on one thing though: he's definitely responsible for helping to air out the band's dirty laundry for all to see. And he was more than happy and willing to oblige.

It was arguably the main reason why his site became "successful" (i.e. received more hits), if only temporarily.

It's a shameful irony that the person now calling for "unity" among the Queensryche fan base is the same one who many argue caused the most division.

Confession? Hardly. 🙄…😴


You NAILED IT OpQ, great post!

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QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: The BEAT DOWN ROOM (BDR)
« on: January 30, 2020, 02:30:24 PM »
Wait for it........... Next comes a post in the Queensryche thread at dream theatre forums re-re-re-re kickstarting the thread by posting a responce to a comment from a couple weeks ago with an Oh By The Way, check out my blog at Anybodylistening.net for my take on the fan diviision  ;D >:D

That or he's presently nudging a bud ( an ass kisser) to post it there  ::) :D

 ;D Yeah he's signed in over at DTF now, I was just looking to see if he posted it there. He probably signed on to private message a couple known enablers or butt munchers to share it with, knowing they will post it up haha

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Someone Else? / Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
« on: January 27, 2020, 02:11:53 PM »
Disturbed has announced a summer US "The Sickness" 20th Anniversary tour with Staind

 https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/disturbed-announces-the-sickness-20th-anniversary-tour-with-staind/

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I guess Chris pretty much strictly just plays acoustic guitar these days it seems. It always seems to be unplugged stuff whenever he does show up with guitar in hand. 

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Finally got a chance to watch those in their entirety. Quite enjoyable I must say. Yeah, aside from the occasional struggle here and there he pulled it off quite well. Some songs sounded pretty damn good, others were at least done respectably. I agree that I think the Rage set was better than the Empire set, I guess doing both is a daunting task. The band is nothing to brag about but overall they did an adequate job. 

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Someone Else? / Re: Notable Deaths other than Rock Stars
« on: January 27, 2020, 01:55:28 PM »
Wow Kobe Bryant was a complete shocker. One of the greatest.

https://nypost.com/2020/01/26/kobe-bryant-reportedly-killed-in-california-helicopter-crash/

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QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Queensryche 2020 Live Footage/Performances
« on: January 24, 2020, 01:59:45 PM »

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