Music Scene: April 5-11
Queensrÿche, featuring frontman Geoff Tate and a solid lineup of musicians from a mix of metal bands, is touring in support of the upcoming studio album “Frequency Unknown” and will bring its show to the Grand Valley on Wednesday, April 10, at Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St.
“Although (“Frequency Unknown”) might be perceived as a fitting tribute and salutation, it is, without question, a no-holds barred album of new music featuring original Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate along with an entirely new line-up consisting of bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne/Whitesnake/Dio/Blue Oyster Cult), guitarist Robert Sarzo (Hurricane), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC/Dio), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche 1998–2001) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth),” a news release said.
“Frequency Unknown” is set for release April 23, on Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records. It features “10 new hard-hitting, distinctively Queensrÿche songs, four newly-recorded Queensrÿche classics and an array of well-known guests including guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Ty Tabor (King’s X), K.K. Downing (Judas Priest), Craig Locicero (Forbidden) and Chris Cannella along with drummers Paul Bostaph (Slayer/Testament) and Evan Bautista,” the release said.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. at Mesa Theater and Lounge. Tickets cost $30.
Call 241-1717 for information.
Those interested in the concert should know that there are two versions of the band Queensrÿche set to release albums this year and both are touring.
Wikipedia explains that “following a highly publicized backstage altercation before a show in São Paulo, Brazil in April 2012, Geoff Tate was fired from the band and replaced with Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre. In response to his dismissal, Tate and his wife Susan (who served as the band’s manager from 2005–12) filed a lawsuit in a Washington (state) court, claiming that he was wrongfully terminated.
“The ruling in the preliminary injunction was that until the court date in November 2013, both parties are allowed to use the name Queensrÿche.”
Tate subsequently created his own lineup featuring former guitarist Gray and members from bands including Whitesnake, Dio, AC/DC and Quiet Riot. Both versions of Queensrÿche are scheduled to release an album — Tate’s band, releases “Frequency Unknown” later in April and touring U.S. dates, through mid-June according to http://www.queensryche.com.
Tour dates at http://www.queensrycheofficial.com note that version of the band will visit the U.S., Canada and Europe throughout the coming year with an album release set for June 11.