The line? About 6 people thick and probably 500 feet or longer. Yeah, this will sell out tonight and although I’ve witnessed the QueensRyche phenomena several times before … never once to cover them in a featured article. So in my humble opinion, it’s different seeing a band you love than being there to review them. My senses change and come alive because now I’m writing about one of my favorite bands growing up. Here’s my experience:
It was revealed to the public on April 28, 2014 that Queensrÿche officially announced Todd La Torre as the new lead singer of Queensrÿche. Needless to say, I was excited as to what changes were in store. After all, I was aware of his vocal capabilities; I was a fan of his while during his reign as frontman with Crimson Glory.
The stage was set up meticulously with lots of thought into minimalism which made lots of room to roam. As the anticipated performance started, patterns of their logo and scenes of Gothic images displayed on the two massive LED screens flanked on each side of Rocenfield’s drum riser. Opening up with Guardian from their 2015 album “Condition Human”, the band displays familiarity reminiscent and typical of QueensRyche fashion, a pleasant tone for my ears. La Torre’s soaring vocal range seemed a perfect fit and I was then jacked for the rest. Continuing with songs off their “Empire” album (what they are mostly known for) brought the audience from somewhat unsure, to the screaming loyalist they’re used to. Wilton, Rockenfield, and Jackson, the main core maintained true to what they’ve always been while Parker Lundgren proves he still belongs. All in all, at the end of the day the show was nothing short of amazing and La Torre ended up being a sweet asset to QueensRyche.
Authored by Frankie J “Anyone Got Ear Plugs?”