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Queensryche Brings the Bling to GJ

By David Goe

When a band sells 1 million copies of an album you have to give them props. It doesn't matter if you like the music or not, you've got to respect that feat. That kind of thing doesn't just happen by accident. It's like hitting 50 home runs in baseball. You need more than just dumb luck to get to there. 

Check out these dudes. That's Queensryche circa 1983. These progressive heavy metal rockers have four platinum albums. Four! "Promised Land," "Empire," "Operation Livecrime," and "Operation Mindcrime" are all certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Any band would give their drummer's right arm to have just one platinum album, let alone four. While the band line up and musical direction has changed over the years, you can't deny the bands success. Twelve albums and over 20 million records sold speaks for itself.

Outside of their 1988 concept album "Operation Mindcrime," I don't know a whole lot about Queensryche. I'm not really into the metal scene but as a musician I respect the longevity, respect the sales, and respect Queensryche. They've accomplished a hell of a lot. What I do know is a) these dudes have been making hit records as long as I've been alive and b) they are playing the Mesa Theater tomorrow night.

The lineup playing tomorrow features original vocalist Geoff Tate, someone with some serious heavy metal pipes.   

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