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« on: September 17, 2020, 10:40:39 AM »
I've got some leftovers kicking around here that I might as well unload here before this whole place goes tits up. As much as Blackbird always appeared to be rummaging thru the trash trying to find dirt on the guys in Queensryche, it appears I'm rummaging thru my OWN trash for one last kick at the can.

This was one of Blackbird's DTF posts from around Feb 2018 that I saved because his stuff always seems to get deleted. Funny that.

Yesterday, some guy was asking Todd on his FB wall about the drummer situation, and why QR hasn't come out and said anything about who it is. The guy was respectful, but said without Scott, he wouldn't consider it Queensryche. I mean, a lot of fans said that after Chris left, and again when Geoff was canned, so it is a common reaction.

Todd replied calling out the fan, and asking them about whether he considers mindcrime 2, American soldier, and dedicated to chaos queensryche records. The guy said he didn't. Todd then smugly replied that it was "good to know, cuz yeah, Scott didn't play on OMC2, and those songs had outside players and writers." Todd went on to reiterate, rudely, saying "For the 100th time, Scott has not "quit" the band, he told us he's taking time off and we have no time frame of when he will return. Can't get more honest than that, but that does't seem to be good enough for some people when they don't listen to our answer. We thought he would take a few months off, obviously he doesn't want to tour right now so what...we are supposed to call the band something else now? That would be ridiculous."

So I replied, and said this:

"Todd La Torre, so you have said Casey is not on the new record, and Scott is still on paternity leave. That's fine. And good for Scott. Happy for him. So answer the question: who is playing drums on Queensryche's new album? Not hard to give an answer. Just be straight up with people. If there behind the scenes reasons why you're being coy, then say that. People who buy your records will respect that. So either give them the answer, or say why you can't. Pretty simple."

>>>>>>>>>>>That  post was deleted by Todd La Torre, and I was banned from posting or liking his Facebook page.

Again, here's Blackbird trying to curry favour amongst music fans by only giving them half the story. He could've also followed up by saying "It should be noted that Todd and I have a sordid history and he hates my fuckin' guts, so take my personal interactions with Todd or Todd's reactions to whatever I say with a grain of salt." But of course he never said anything like that, because it doesn't fit in with his narrative. Instead, he tries to pass himself off as some random wounded fan.


This next DTF post is from March 2018, where another DTF poster criticized Blackbird for taking little digs at Queensryche. And Blackbird was having NONE of it. UH-OH. THIS CAT'S GOT CLAWS! Hahahaha. This is also an interesting read after reading Blackbird's "confession" from January 2020. Look at how much our boy has grown in just two short years:

For the millionth time, Queensryche fucked things up so badly once they dropped the self-titled record in 2013. There was so much positive buzz, a great chart debut, and what did they do? Catered to the hair metal contingent, doing fly-ins instead of putting in the hard work and rebuilding by getting on a bus and playing 130 dates.  That was what they needed to do, and they could have done it.

They had a choice -- they could do the fly-in route for most of their shows, pocketing cash, with less strain on them, traveling-wise, or the booking agent could get them on a bus and they could headline clubs. They took the former, because it was more money and less work. And it was mentioned to them, more than once (and not just by me), that while it would work in the short term, it was an error in terms of rebuilding their brand long term. They did it anyway.

Now, five years after that conversation, it is pretty obvious what went down.

Add to that the fact they play 80-minute headline shows consisting of barely any of their material with Todd, they firmly embraced being a nostalgia band. Again, great for casino gigs. Not good for re-establishing yourself in front of a metal audience (which was originally what they said they wanted to do). It is not hard to play a 90-minute gig, featuring 30-40 minutes of new material.

I've heard all the arguments from La Torre about how "hard" it is to pick songs, and the makeup of crowds, etc....whatever. That's a fucking lame excuse, and everyone knows it. If you're a relevant band, you go out and play your new material. THEY chose to play to casino crowds, playing up the hair band portion of their fan base. THEY chose to play shorter sets (bare minimum). THEY chose to not play their current songs.

If bands such as Fates Warning and Iced Earth can go out there and support their new material, so could have Queensryche. It was a decision not to, based on whatever ridiculous notions they had in their heads. All they did was screw themselves. Both by not getting in a bus and doing the grassroots touring that was needed, and by their choice of what to play. It really is a shame, because they bet on the nostalgia aspect revitalizing the band, and they were wrong.

In late 2013/all of 2014, they could have: Played five songs from the self-titled, then 10 or 11 back catalog hits in a 90-minute set.

In 2016, they could have: Played five songs from Condition Human, three songs from self-titled, and eight songs from the back catalog hits in a 90-minute set.

That's really not hard. AT ALL.

So hey, Cruithne, you want a dig, there's the dig. The fucked themselves by becoming a nostalgia act playing casinos and trying to cash in on hits, instead of actually putting in the touring work and embracing their new material. No "surreptitious digs" whatsoever on my end. Just a direct, full-on criticism of the asinine moves they've made since 2013.

More to come, folks!

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Empire (album)
« on: September 15, 2020, 07:44:20 PM »
Sep 4, 1990 was actually the US release of Empire. It must've released everywhere else on Aug 20, 1990.

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Empire (album)
« on: September 15, 2020, 12:18:49 PM »
I noticed In the Studio released an episode about Empire for the album's 30th anniversary, but it turns out it's the same episode they used for the album's 25th anniversary. Even the previous link now takes you to the "new" episode.

Still a GREAT episode, but nothing we haven't heard before.

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Empire 30th Anniversary Box Set in the works for 2020
« on: September 08, 2020, 01:44:50 PM »
Still no word on this boxset. It's weird that we've only heard about this from Tate, and that the record company still hasn't released any information about this to the public. Or if they have, I haven't seen it.

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Empire (album)
« on: September 08, 2020, 01:42:24 PM »
I just realized Empire celebrated its 30th anniversary a couple weeks ago on August 20th. It's not my favourite QR record, but it certainly helped bring me in as a fan. Happy 30th, Empire!

Someone Else? / Re: Here is a look at my battle vest
« on: September 08, 2020, 12:57:00 PM »
I also have another jean vest, but that one only has a full back patch of Wham! (with George Michael - yes that's right motherfucker), along with a few 80s pop and cartoon pins on the front. Completely different style, and that one comes out only for certain occasions. :)

Someone Else? / Re: Fave Releases of 2020
« on: September 08, 2020, 12:46:00 PM »
Some other new albums I've been listening to this year:

Carptenter Brut - Blood Machines
Phantogram - Ceremony
Touching - Isolation Blues
Sven Gali - 3

Someone Else? / Re: Pinball Machines Greatest Musical Moments
« on: September 08, 2020, 12:43:06 PM »
The music from Black Knight 2000 is awesome. Growing up I would visit my relatives in Minnesota and we would hang out at the local arcade, which had Black Knight 2000 for a while. The music totally hooked me, especially when the choir came in. Just incredible. Thanks for posting!

Roads To Madness / Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
« on: September 08, 2020, 11:35:36 AM »
So what're we looking at here, NJ? Do you know when this plug will be getting pulled?

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Queensryche Discord
« on: September 08, 2020, 11:25:35 AM »
Thanks for the invite. I just signed up. I'll try not to be such an asshole over there.


Update: My profile over there is still the same one as I have here right now, with CDG making eye contact and holding a marker because he cares about the details, so I'm not off to a good start with this whole "not such an asshole" thing.

Geoff Tate did a paid live stream a couple weeks ago on August 21st. Did anyone check it out? This seems to have been the setlist.

1.   Walk in the Shadows
2.   Another Rainy Night (Without You)
3.   Out of Mind
4.   Chasing Blue Sky
5.   Jet City Woman
6.   Until There Was You
7.   Bridge
8.   The Lady Wore Black
9.   The Fight
10.   Silent Lucidity
11.   I Don't Believe in Love
12.   Eyes of a Stranger

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Todd La Torre
« on: September 08, 2020, 11:05:31 AM »
Glad to hear the album sounds awesome (though really, would Todd say it sucks? Hahaha). Here's hoping we get it by the end of the year.

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Todd La Torre
« on: July 02, 2020, 10:35:21 AM »
I can certainly appreciate where Todd's coming from. His livelihood depends on performing for people, and he can't do that if things don't get better. And doctors are saying you need to wear masks to flatten the curve. Seems pretty simple to me. I don't wear a mask all the time, but certainly whenever I go out to a store (which even that is pretty rare these days). Things seem far worse in America than in Canada, that's for sure.

It's good that Todd is speaking out about it though, even if it costs the band fans. Or whatever.

« on: June 27, 2020, 09:03:35 AM »
I'm gonna miss this thread the most, and yet maybe it'll be good to finally have the platform to say whatever I want be taken away.

Some unused ideas:

At one point I had thought to make a new profile called "The Real Blackbird" or something like that, where I would basically pretend I was Blackbird. The only difference would've been was that I would take a recent post of his and actually tell the truth and say what he really means. I had already done that a few times in my regular posts though (even as recently as this past February when he reviewed a QR show), so creating a new profile and adopting a "persona" - while fun - seemed to be a lot of work.

The Rockox Professional Theatre? I had totally considered doing actual readings of those - where I'd record myself performing both parts separately and then present them splitscreen - and then uploading them on YouTube. Again, seemed like a lot of work, but it sure would've been a fun exercise.

Roads To Madness / Re: 2020 The Final Year of "Roads To Madness".
« on: June 27, 2020, 08:47:34 AM »
I'll give a shout-out to Shadow Walker, who posted here occasionally. He also posted on Blackbird's behalf that one time (page 17 of the Beatdown Room thread, y'all) and still posted every once in awhile even after he got shit on a bit by us. Takes balls.

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