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QUEENSRYCHE

2015-05-22

210 Kapones

San Antonio, TX

 Review by: Slim Jim Keller

 

 

You can scroll through this site and see what I’ve had to say about Queensryche and their split with their original singer Geoff Tate. The short and sweet of it is I’m happy he’s gone. He’s still got a great voice, but the direction he wanted to go and was going, and the direction the band wanted, obviously weren’t the same place (thankfully!).

 

While I wasn’t blown over by the band’s first album with new singer Todd La Torre, I was happy to hear them going back to a harder more progressive sound. Hopefully their upcoming release will be even stronger than the last. Todd’s got the voice, let’s see if the band has the song writing skills to compare to The Warning, or Rage For Order, which is the direction they seem to be going, and the direction the fans certainly want them to go.

 

So 210 Kapones in San Antonio was putting together a two-day rock fest with day one being some local bands and Faster Pussycat & Queensryche. Well Faster Pussycat apparently called off their tour at the beginning of the week and this left Queensryche with the sole reason for hitting the show Friday night.


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This would be the first time that I would see the band with Todd as their front man, and I would not be disappointed.
The band played cuts from The Warning, Rage For Order, Operation: Mindcrime, Empire, their first EP and of course their self titled disc they recorded with Todd on vocals.

While I wasn’t too keen on the release originally, live the songs work much better with the older stuff than I thought. Live they really shine. And live is where the band really belongs.

 

 

You can YouTube the shit out of Todd and hear the voice. You know he’s got the chops. But hearing songs like Nightrider, En Force, and Queen of the Ryche performed live again in person is… awesome. The sweeping vocals, Scott Rockenfield’s massive drum sound, Eddie’s rumbling bass, and the duel attack of Michael and Parker on guitars makes this long time Queensryche fan very happy.


A quick run through my mental show Rolodex file says I’ve seen the band 11 times, in 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 98, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2012 and now 2015. And I’m here to tell you I haven’t seen the band hit on all cylinders like they did Friday night since Day on the Green 1991. While the Operation: Mindcrime theatrical shows were amazing, it was the music and the theatrics more than the band playing off each other that really sticks out. 


But having seen them a couple times right before the split with Geoff I can say that the entire band seems much looser and happier on stage now. And it comes across in the music.


If you haven’t seen Queensryche perform in a while, then you’re missing out on a great live band with a renewed since of purpose.


They say rock is dead, the thousand plus people in 210 Kapones Friday night for Queensryche proves that idiom wrong. The band has been around for 30+ years, they’ve gone through a very public ugly breakup and spent the last 10 years damn near running their name into the ground. But they’ve shed their albatross, they’ve gone back to their roots, and they’re rebuilding their empire again. 


I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings us!

 

You can see all of our picutres of Queensrÿche's amazing show at 210 Kapones right HERE!

 

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