Queensryche Album To Be Heavier Than Anyone Is Expecting
February 24, 2013
Queensryche, featuring original lead singer Geoff Tate, are hard at work on a new album for Cleopatra Records to be released later this year. Among the guests working with Tate on this Queensryche release are Judas Priest’s K.K. Downing, Y&T’s Dave Meniketti, King’s X’s Ty Tabor, Night Ranger’s Brad Gillis, Slayer’s Paul Bostaph and Forbidden’s Craig Locicero.
Locicero recently went to Facebook to announce his participation in the new album by stating, “I guess the cat is out of the proverbial bag. Nikki Blakk (107.7 The Bone radio personlaity) has announced that Paul Bostaph and I have played most of the music on Geoff Tate’s Queensryche record. It is being mixed by Jason Slater as I type this and it is WAY HEAVIER then most anyone is expecting!”
“Geoff and Jason have been nothing but awesome to us and it gave Paul and I 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 Wright. 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 Queensryche camp is and I really don’t give a f*ck. 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 Queensryche, 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.”
Geoff Tate’s Queensryche now features bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth), drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), guitarist Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Hurricane) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, Rhino Bucket). Wright will be in the studio and on the road with the band, while Blotzer will be primarily utilized in the studio.
The recording will mark the band’s thirteenth studio album and its first with this particular line-up. “I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” states Geoff Tate. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”
Beginning in early April, Queensryche will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, performing all fifteen songs from the album (including “Revolution Calling”, “Operation: Mindcrime”, “I Don’t Believe In Love” and “Eyes Of A Stranger”) along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years.
For additional information, please see Queensryche’s official website at www.queensryche.com.
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