Queensrÿche (with Geoff Tate) @ Webster Theater; June 8, 2013
Ok folks, for those of you who are not aware, here’s the deal in a nutshell: Queensrÿche has split into two bands, both bearing the same name. On one side, we have the version manned by founding members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, along with guitarist Parker Rundgren and singer Todd LaTorre, who just released an album and are touring in support of it. On the other side, we have lead vocalist and founding member Geoff Tate with an entirely new set of musicians, who have also released a new album and are touring in celebration of Operation: Mindcrime’s 25th Anniversary. Here’s the kicker: both sides have the legal right to use the band name, for now. Sounds confusing? It is, in a way. If you don’t know the situation, you may end up going to a concert and be disappointed because you see people onstage that you were not expecting. I’ll get more into that later. On to the show…
I must confess, I had mixed feelings going into this show. I already knew the band version I was going to see, and I felt it would be awkward not seeing the rest of the original band members. But at the same time I was excited about seeing the new band and experiencing firsthand what they had to offer. Yes, I’m talking about Geoff Tate’s Queensrÿche, keep up!
The Operation: Mindcrime album has always been very dear to me. I’ve listened to it so much over the years that I wouldn’t even venture to guess a number, plus I also have probably seen the “Operation: Livecrime” video an equal number of times. But I knew these weren’t the same band members, so I watched the show with an open mind. To my relief, any doubts I may have had entering the show got washed away as soon as the guys started playing “Anarchy-X.”
This body of work is so unmistakably good, it didn’t really matter to me who were playing it. It didn’t hurt that the musicians put together by Tate were maestros of their craft, either. Guitarists Kelly Gray and Robert Sarzo (Hurricane), along with his brother Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy, Dio) on bass, Randy Gane on keyboards, and Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy, Billy Idol) who was temporarily substituting Simon Wright on drums, gave us a stellar and energetic performance. Robert Sarzo is an amazing guitar player, as is Kelly Gray. They kept moving around and doing the dual guitar thing, while Rudy Sarzo was being a monster in the bass, as usual. Each individual has their own unique style of showmanship and musicianship. Tate’s voice is as amazing as ever. Brian Tichy was buried deep behind his monstrous “Moving Pictures” drum kit, of which we had a small chat after the show.
Anyways, long story short: controversy and “he-said-she-said” aside, this version of the band put on one hell of a performance!Queensrÿche (with Geoff Tate) performing live at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT on June 8, 2013. Like, share, and enjoy!
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