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« on: February 11, 2020, 10:34:45 PM »
Reading Blackbird's review of Queensryche's recent show is a hoot.

I was at a tipping point with Queensryche six years ago. After numerous lineup changes, I felt the band had become a caricature of itself and didn't adequately support its new music, so I quit going to see them live.

But I still followed every damn thing they did, and even re-opened the BDR in hopes of bringing about change, the same way I did before. If I could knock out Tate, I could knock out La Torre. But that didn't work at all. If anything, it just made things worse for myself, because a few chuckleheads with a website saw to it that my abhorrent behavior did not go unpunished.

But on a whim, I decided to take in Queensryche's show on February 1, 2020, at the Ace of Spades, in Sacramento, Calif. And by the time the band's 17-song, 90-minute gig was done, this one-man jury found the Seattle-based quintet guilty of being a relevant, contemporary progressive metal band again.

And by "whim" I mean "desperately trying to get back on the band's good side in hopes of getting a full-band reunion by the end of the year." This whole sunshine and roses review is probably one of the most difficult things I've had to write.

But ISN'T THAT BIT ABOUT "THIS ONE-MAN JURY FINDS THEM GUILTY" JUST THE MOST CLEVER THING YOU'VE EVER HEARD? PRETTY PROUD OF THAT ONE. If I hadn't been acting like such a pissant, I would've used that bit in my official review for the Verdict. But instead I use it here. That right there is a fucking WRITER, friends. Writing some fucking WORDS. Take a good long look. I SAID GODDAMN.

Almost one-quarter of Queensryche's set consisted of tunes from its highly regarded 2019 album, The Verdict. Fans were treated to "Man the Machine," "Bent," "Dark Reverie," and "Light-years." While most bands that have been around for almost 40 years typically see their fans head for the bathroom when they play new material, Queensryche's audience reacted decidedly positive to the new cuts. Looking around, people were dialed-in, singing along, and headbanging to the groove.

Not even two months ago, this review would've been chockablock with complaints about the band ONLY playing 4 songs from their new album. But bear with me; I'm in full ass-kissing mode here.

Surprises on the night included deep cuts "Resistance" (from 1990's Empire) and "No Sanctuary" (from 1984's The Warning).

I am literally holding my tongue on this one, because holy shit Todd sounds horrible in these. But I can't fucking say that because I promised Whip I wouldn't be such an asshole. If you want to know what I really thought, go read what I wrote a couple weeks ago on DTF about Resistance. Coz this is fucking gross. I want you all to appreciate the fucking restraint I'm showing here. Todd sucks on toast.

Always under the microscope, La Torre handled the vocal acrobatics of Queensryche well, even with the show being the band's fifth in a row. It's still uncanny how parts of his voice so closely resemble Tate's. But after almost eight years in the band, its nice to see he's made the songs his own, instead of trying to stick to the template established by his predecessor. La Torre hit many of the signature high notes, but injected a lot of grit into them, and picked some appropriate spots for some growls, to give the tunes a tougher feel.

Off the record, Todd sounds horrible on the Empire stuff because his voice is thinner than Tate's. As I've said multiple times, that's not his fault, that's just his voice. His voice is thinner than Tate's. But hey, that's natural. Todd's voice is thinner. Tate's is richer. Just how it is. Todd's voice is thinner. Tate's is not. And that's totally fine. This one-man jury finds Todd's voice guilty of being thinner than Tate's. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Looking at the show critically, one major complaint is the length of concert. At 90 minutes, it seems awfully short for a band of Queensryche's history and caliber. Even La Torre noted when talking to the crowd that the setlist is always difficult for them to figure out, given the sheer number of songs in the band's catalog (approaching 200). Adding just 15 more minutes to the set time would help tremendously, enabling the band to play another two or three tunes.

I still need to be seen as a credible music journalist, so I can't review this show without any criticism. And I have been known to come at musicians with some hard-hitting, tough questions in interviews, so hot damn I ain't stopping now. For the record, 90 minutes is way too short and it's all because Todd sucks and doesn't have the stamina to perform a 2-hour show. I know it, you know it, but I need to pussy foot around it because I'm finally trying to play the game again. TAKE HOLD.

yeah, that is much more in line with his usual perception of things for the past few years  ;D

70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Re: Black Sabbath
« on: February 11, 2020, 10:32:06 PM »
I liked the Born Again tour bootleg, that show also featured Neon Knights, which wasn't performed at most of the shows. That album is absolute killer (born again).

70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Re: Megadeth
« on: February 11, 2020, 10:30:16 PM »
That will be a great tour for sure.

70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Re: Van Halen
« on: February 11, 2020, 10:28:51 PM »
Live without a net is awesome, love that live album  8)

« on: February 04, 2020, 12:22:22 AM »
Apparently Rustvold saw Queensryche (or "Frankenryche", as he proudly referred to them to Setzer on DTF last year) over the weekend. That explains why he wrote that insincere and embarrassing "confession" last week. 🤣

It was likely a ploy to mooch free tickets from the band. Hopefully they didn't fall for it. EOL has no shame. 😐

Well.... so much for being "done" with Queensryche. Don't believe it when he says he doesn't listen to the current lineup anymore.

For the record, Birdbrain never stopped listening. Fact is, he hasn't gotten anywhere with crying publicly since the band locked the door behind them to keep him out--- five years ago I might add. Unreal. 😪...🙄

You can read all about that in this thread.

Hmmm.... I wonder who sent Whip the post about "Frankenryche"?

Anyone, anyone?

Yep. Samsara is as easy to see through as a clean pane of glass. everybody in the entire online Queensryche community knows exactly and all to well this idiots hypocritical, delusional, imbecilic, contradictory slow rolling dumpster fire roller coaster ride of complete and utter obsession and never ending infatuation with any and all versions of Queensryche with complete disregard for the consequential effects of every twist and turn of events he injects himself into, due in large part, to his penchant for making his history routinely disappear.  8) ::)

That embarrassing apologetic blog post was a calculated and contrived setup to cover his ass for what would come next, which of course, was his attendance at a current lineup Queensryche show. On the last tour leg, with Fates Warning opening he went to multiple shows, if I recall correctly, all the while making sure to emphasize the disclaimer (on multiple posts over at DTF) that he merely went to see Fates Warning, and had so much disdain for current Queensryche, that he left before their headline set (or did he  >:D :-\). Now knowing that he was going to this show and that he was going to want to post his review of that show, he had to cover his ass as to not look like a complete hypocritical mentally altered douche nozzle, he quickly posts up that nonsensical blog post, so that he could then, a short couple days later, claim that he took in a Queensryche show and enjoyed it and post up a review. This fucking clown seriously needs to see a psychiatrist.  ::)                 

« on: January 30, 2020, 12:55:57 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 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

I was pleasantly surprised, I thought he did a great job on most of it. The band, yeah they are adequate at best, but vocally he was in the ballpark. Not a bad listen at all. Not as big of a fan of Empire but it was cool hearing a few of the good songs that haven't been played all that much. Crowd seemed to enjoy it looked like a good time. I'm sure improvements will be made after they get several more shows under their belt. I would rate that show at about an 8.5 using the ten scale.

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.

 Yeah it seems that way. I don't think he'll ever resume any type of active role in music again, other then perhaps having some fun playing with his daughter or a guest appearance with Cantrell on rare occasion. He obviously has no interest in guesting with Queensryche in any capacity and I doubt he'd ever sign on for any kind of reunion if one were ever to happen.

Someone Else? / Re: Notable Deaths other than Rock Stars
« on: January 28, 2020, 02:26:22 PM »
Crazy losing Kobe like that , way too soon and even worse that those kids were on board  :(

If that version of another rainy night is any kind of representation we're not off to a good start. That was pretty sub-par.

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Queensryche 2020 Live Footage/Performances
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:21:04 PM »
Sounding great for sure. Love the backdrop and stage set they are using now very cool.

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Queensryche Tribute Bands
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:18:19 PM »
Here is another current Queensryche tribute band, kingsryche out of Seattle.
Live 12-19-19 Everett WA
2019 promo

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: Queensryche Tribute Bands
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:14:07 PM »
Not a tribute band but here is a cover of Someone else by Mick Blankenship

not sure who these kids are but they posted up a version of best I can, not bad for little people  8)

Lex Luthor covering Queen of the Reich live in 2012, not too shabby

Mindcrime Queensryche tribute live in Houston 12- 27-19


don't think this was ever posted on here, here is a video of the rue with ryle and chris playing live at breadline performances series in Seattle back in July of 2011. Nice eighteen minute set.

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