News Segment


November 14, 2006

In a ride that traveled throughout twelve states and saw speeds of up to 135 miles per hour, Queensryche singer Geoff Tate and guitarist Mike Stone rode over 2000 miles on their custom Buell Ulysses bikes for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The Rock and Ride Across America occurred at various locations during their current tour with thousands of fans joining Tate and Stone along the way. Those who donated to the cause got a chance to ride with the pack. After the performances in their hometown of Seattle, Queensryche auctioned off both custom Buell motorcycles to the highest bidders. Sure, they squashed a few bugs along the way but the donation was true “road kill” as the band and their fans raised over $80,000 for the Foundation. According to Geoff Tate, “Everyone in the band got their musical start from school music programs. If we hadn’t had those opportunities, we wouldn’t be where we are today. I felt really lucky to be involved in such a fun set of events for such a worthy cause.” “We are so thankful to Queensryche for their support and generosity,” said Paul Cothran, Executive Director, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “Their support will ensure that hundreds of public school students receive the benefits of music education.”

Queensryche will be on the road — in support of Operation: Mindcrime II on Rhino Records — until early December.

–Since it was established in 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has donated $34 million worth of new musical instruments to 1,400 public schools in 80 cities, improving the lives of more than 800,000 children.

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