New Queensryche Single “If I Were King” Now Available For Download


March 11, 2009

New Album American Soldier Available March 31 From Atco/Rhino; U.S. Tour To Begin April 16 In Seattle

“If I Were King,” the first single from Queensryche’s highly anticipated new album AMERICAN SOLDIER, is now available for download from all digital retailers. “If I Were King” was written based on an interview lead singer Geoff Tate conducted with Sean Lenahan, a veteran of U.S. conflicts in Somalia and Kosovo. Some chilling sound bites from Tate’s interview with Lenahan can be heard at various points in the song. The song is also streaming at

“This is a song about loss and healing,” says Tate. “A soldier who lost his friend in a firefight and spent a lot of time afterwards struggling with his feelings, wishing he could have done more to save his friend. The song is saying if I were king, if I could do anything, I’d have you back in my life again, back by my side. I thought that was a very interesting and inspiring viewpoint.”

Queensryche has also set up the phone number (206) 260-1215 for fans to call and get updates on the new album and tour directly from Tate himself. The number also has an option where fans and soldiers can leave a message for the band. Every day starting on March 20, a new 30-second preview clip of one of the songs from AMERICAN SOLDIER can be heard by calling the number, leading up to the March 31 release of the album.

AMERICAN SOLDIER features a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Tate, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts–from World War II to Iraq–Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of war from the soldier’s perspective.

Queensryche’s Geoff Tate gives a shout out to below in a short American Soldier video.

Queensryche will launch an extensive tour of the U.S. on April 16 at the Snoqualmie Casino outside of the band’s hometown of Seattle. The shows will be presented in three suites, with the band performing sets from AMERICAN SOLDIER, Rage For Order, and Empire.

Queensryche U.S. Tour Dates

16Snoqualmie, WASnoqualmie Casino
17Snoqualmie, WASnoqualmie Casino
18Portland, ORRoseland Theatre
19Chico, CASenator Theatre
22Anaheim, CAHouse Of Blues
23San Diego, CAHouse Of Blues
24Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
25Las Vegas, NVHouse Of Blues
26Salt Lake City, UTThe Depot
28Denver, COParamount Theater
29Kansas City, MOVoodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s
30Milwaukee, WINorthern Lights Theater

1Milwaukee, WINorthern Lights Theater
2Maplewood, MNMyth
3Walker, MNNorthern Lights Casino
5Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
6Cleveland, OHHouse Of Blues
7Chicago, ILHouse Of Blues
8Chicago, ILHouse Of Blues
9Mt. Clemens, MI Emerald Theatre
10Greensburg, PAPalace Theatre
12Verona, NYTurning Stone Casino
13Stamford, CT The Palace Theater
14Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom
15New York, NYNokia Theatre
16Atlantic City, NJHouse Of Blues
17N. Myrtle Beach, SCHouse Of Blues
19Tampa, FLRuth Eckerd Hall
20Lake Buena Vista, FLHouse Of Blues
21New Orleans, LAHouse Of Blues
22Houston, TXHouse Of Blues
23San Antonio, TXHemisfair Park
24Dallas, TXHouse Of Blues
27Fayetteville, ARArkansas Music Pavilion
28Oklahoma City, OKBricktown Events Center
29Albuquerque, NMKiva Auditorium
30Phoenix, AZDodge

4San Francisco, CAFillmore
5Kelseyville, CAKonocti Harbor

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