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Geoff Tate’s Queensryche signs new record deal, adds new members to all-star band lineup

by on Jan.25, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Geoff Tate’s Queensryche signs new record deal, adds new members to all-star band lineup

QUEENSRYCHE — featuring original lead singer GEOFF TATE at the helm — have just signed a worldwide record deal with Los Angeles-based independent record label, Cleopatra Records.

Although a line-up was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed. The band will now feature GEOFF TATE along with bassist RUDY SARZO (Ozzy/Dio/Whitesnake/Quiet Riot), guitarist KELLY GRAY (Queensryche 1998 – 2001), keyboardist RANDY GANE and stellar new additions, guitarist ROBERT SARZO (Hurricane) and drummer SIMON WRIGHT (AC/DC /Dio/Rhino Bucket).

WRIGHT takes over for previously announced drummer BOBBY BLOTZER, who will be returning to RATT as an integral part of the band that made him famous.

“I’m very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff,” states SIMON WRIGHT. “I’ve always admired his singing and songwriting and working with Rudy Sarzo again is going to be cool! Between this and my other project, Dio Disciples, I look forward to a very busy year!”

QUEENSRYCHE, with all members cited above, will soon be entering the studio for the first Cleopatra effort due out later this year.

The recording will mark the band’s thirteenth studio album and its first with this particular line-up.

Legendary guitar slinger K.K. DOWNING of Judas Priest fame will be making a special guest appearance on the forthcoming CD as will King’s X guitarist TY TABOR and RATT drummer BOBBY BLOTZER.

TY TABOR comments, “I’m very happy that Geoff considered me for this record. It will be great to play with all of these great musicians.”

Beginning in early April, QUEENSRYCHE will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime, performing all fifteen songs from the album (including “Revolution Calling,” “Operation: Mindcrime,” “I Don’t Believe in Love” and “Eyes of a Stranger”) along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years (see list of scheduled dates below).

“I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” says long time QUEENSRYCHE front man GEOFF TATE. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”

Last November, TATE released his first solo CD in over a decade titled, Kings & Thieves (InsideOut Music) and toured with his solo band in support of the CD, which included dates with the legendary Alice Cooper.

For additional information, please see QUEENSRYCHE’s official website at www.queensryche.com.

25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013
Apr. 6 - Peppermill Casino - West Wendover, NV
Apr. 9 – Belly Up - Aspen, CO
Apr. 11 – Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
Apr. 12 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Albuquerque, NM
Apr. 13 - Chrome - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 14 - Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ
Apr. 16 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
Apr. 17 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Apr. 18 - The Canyon Club - Agoura, CA
Apr. 19 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
Apr. 20 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles, California
Apr. 21 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
Apr. 22 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA

More dates will be announced.

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Rock Picks of the Week: Buckcherry, Rival Sons, Slash, Geoff Tate, Danko Jones, Frank Hannon, Diemonds

by on Dec.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Buckcherry, Rival Sons, Slash, Geoff Tate, Danko Jones, Frank Hannon, Diemonds

Kicking off Rock Picks of the week are the great American Rockers Buckcherry with their new track 'Gluttony' from their upcoming album 'Confessions,' which is due February 19th from Century Media Records. You say I drink too much, you say I smoke too much, you say I f**k too much, A Glutton Enemy has started! It's another great track from the always underated Buckcherry, who continue with another track sure to please all of us fans, and hopefully bring new fans into the fold. Each and every album from Buckcherry is full of quality hard rock and I'm sure the new album will be no exception.

Buckcherry just wrapped a string of concert dates in the U.K. and will headline North American shows in late December and January before joining Kid Rock on his upcoming 'Rebel Soul' Tour, kicking off February 2nd in Kansas City, MO. In addition, Buckcherry will also be co-headlining with Queensryche, the Fremont Street Experience's Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve 2013 celebration in Las Vegas on December 31st. The band's will be joined by Quiet Riot, Pop Evil and Otherwise in festivities that will last from 6pm to 3am. Here's to a kick ass 2013 for Buckcherry!!!

One of my favorite bands, Rival Sons have released the second single from their 'Head Down' album, which is available now on itunes and will be available in the U.S. on January 22nd. 'Until The Sun Comes', is the track that many figured would be a single from the album on initial listen. The video was directed by Simon Gesrel, protégé of Academy Award-winning director Michel Gondry (White Stripes, Bjork).

'Head Down' on Earache Records--which has gotten fantastic reviews including a four-out-of-five star review from The Guardian/U.K., a “Breakthrough Artist” award at this year’s Classic Rock Awards show in London and the current cover Classic Rock Magazine. Head Down reached #1 on the Rock chart in the U.K. Rival Sons look to 2013 to showcase the record here in the U.S. with North American tour dates.

The video is a freaky desert action clip, with crazy motorcycle sand dune racing, with the hills of the desert as a motif for the double entendres of the woman in the song. Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan says, "I really dig this video; it's a completely new direction for us. Filming videos can be very awkward for me, but this time I got to ride a dirt bike out in the desert where I'm most comfortable; it just felt so natural for the song. We're all pretty good on a bike so we just took turns doing tricks and trying to outdo each other. We ended up with some sweet footage. Nice."

Director Simon Gesrel adds, “The video took about six weeks to make: two weeks of prep and four weeks of animation, including three weeks of post-production. This clip has references from Time Rider to apocalyptic science-fiction, i.e. Mad Max, especially Italian B-movies etc. like Nuovi Barbari--sometimes just the posters for these films are great inspiration! Plus more well-known series such as Knight Rider and Street Hawk etc.

"The character and the bike were made from different toys customized and aged (about four inches). The base of the décor is made of polystyrene covered in real sand. The film set resembles a sand dune. We worked with three different sets, so there were effectively three different bikes and the characters. The set with the girl was shot in live action whereas the other scenes were in stop-motion, image by image. We worked with a naked model covered in glycerine, then covered in sand so the sand stuck. It was hard work despite the presence of a naked lady made of sand.

"I like playing with clichés ('I know you've heard it all before...'); it allows us to be direct with formats for a short clip - at the same time I look to remain accessible. The idea is a meeting of inspiration - a spur of the moment thing, that finishes with a sexual rapport, but I wanted it to remain a clip for everyone; people see what their age permits and it remains fun for everyone."

Rival Sons evoke a retro classic rock vibe, and have been compared to Led Zeppelin, even having been praised by Jimmy Page. Formed in 2008, the Long Beach, CA. quartet of Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums), and Jay Buchanan (vocals) wrote, recorded, and mixed 'Head Down' in just 20 days, conjuring the same energy that made their last album a fan and critical favorite. Explains Buchanan: “In the code of the Samurai, any decision must be made between 3 and 5 breaths…Writing by that code forces us to act, go with our instincts and really, truly listen to each other. Creatively, you’re bringing your most immediate instincts.”

New Music Express have the exclusive premiere of the video. Watch it here: www.nme.com

The video clip for the Slash track 'Bad Rain' from 'Apocalypse Now' was released awhile ago, and I don't know if it will even be worked at radio, as Slash has mentioned he is already writing for his next album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Kennedy won't be able to cut vocals for it however until after completing the next Alter Bridge record and findiong time to fit it into his schedule, but a video with an animated Slash and Kennedy, strippers and a strip club monster takeover with tattoo conversion for a certain patron has to make Rock Picks of the week.

Geoff Tate, the Queensryche frontman with one of the most recognized voices in hard rock and heavy metal has released a lyric video for the song "Dark Money" from his second solo album, 'Kings & Thieves', which was released on November 6th from InsideOut Music.

The song conveys a message of how 'Dark Money' has seemingly infiltrated all aspects of our political system, the destruction it has caused, and how we need to open our eyes to it all.

After the messy split with Queensryche this past June and the legalities surrounding the use of the band name, and the resulting decision that both Tate and his ex-bandmates can use it, Tate is currently rehearsing with his own version of Queensryche with drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult). Also part of the project is returning Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray, who played with the band from 1998 until 2001 and also produced several of their albums, and keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with Queensryche and Geoff's solo band.

'Kings & Thieves' track listing:
1. She Slipped Away
2. Take A Bullet
3. In The Dirt
4. Say U Luv It
5. The Way I Roll
6. Tomorrow
7. Evil
8. Dark Money
9. These Glory Days
10. Change
11. Waiting

Canadian rockers Danko Jones are up next with their latest track, 'Just A Beautiful Day', which comes from the band's new album, 'Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue.' It's the sixth full-length record from the band, was produced in full by their longtime partner Matt DeMatteo and mixed by Mike Fraser, known for his work with AC/DC, Aerosmith and so many others.

It's the first album recorded with drummer Atom Willard, who is the sixth in Danko Jones' history. Willard was behind the kit for Rocket From The Crypt, he's also played with The Offspring, Social Distortion and Angels & Airwaves. He is the first drummer in the band to stand on equal creative footing with Danko and his longtime bassist John "JC" Calabrese.

It's another great offering from a band that has yet to get the recognition they deserve in the U.S.

Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has released a new video, for the Six String Soldiers album track, 'Set Me Free', featuring a live performance recorded in Albuquerque, NM on September 22, 2012. Frank Hannon, Mike Araiza and Jeff Sandoval have created what is quickly being regarded as one of the most impressive unabashed tributes to the importance of the guitar in rock n' roll music in generations. Six-String Soldiers is a full-length disc of 12 solidly written songs backed by the musicianship of legendary guitarists Dickey Betts, 3-time Grammy Award winner Rick Derringer, Pat Travers and Y&T founder Dave Meniketti.

It all started in Albuquerque, New Mexico when Frank Hannon judged a “Guitar Contest” put on by 94 ROCK and discovered the talents of guitarist Mike Araiza. The winner’s prize was jamming onstage with Tesla and little did Mike know that 5 years later he would be collaborating on what would become one of musics most guitar-driven albums in a generation. Mike Araiza and vocalist Jeff Sandoval came to Frank Hannon with some small seeds of song ideas to record in his RedHawk Records studio and the three of them teamed up to write 12 songs of great Rock-N-Roll music! They set out to recruit some of histories top legendary guitarists to join them and create the sound of the Six-String Soldiers.

Frank Hannon - Guitar & Vocals
Jeffery Sandoval - Vocals
Mike Araiza - Guitar
Cortney DeAugustine - Drums
Aaron Leigh - Bass

Six-String Soldiers tracklisting:

I’m Alive (f/Pat Travers)
Set Me Free
Six String Soldiers
Lipstick, Smoke And Gasoline (f/Dave Meniketti)
Invincible
Cross Your Mind
Touch The Ground (f/Dickey Betts)
I’m Just Sayin'
Love, Life And Beauty
To The Light (f/Rick Derringer)
Redemption
12.2
Six-String Soldiers is available now digitally via iTunes, or on CD via FrankHannon.com.

Toronto based rockers Diemonds are up next with their latest 'Get the Fuck Outta Here' from the new album 'The Bad Pack'. Fronted by the beautiful and sexy vocalist Priya Panda, the band combines quality musicianship with a agressive party vibe. Check out their video for the track with one pissed off janitor who escaped an insane asylum after being victim of a prank gone wrong that disfigured him. He vows revenge and gets it, for the most part. It's comedic and shocking, the way Diemonds want it to be!

Diemonds has played shows with the likes of Slash, Steel Panther, L.A. Guns, Sebastian Bach, Megadeth, Faster Pussycat and so many more. They continue to get their brand of rock out to the masses by constant touring and outreach to fans.

Diemonds are:
Priya Panda - Sweet Squealin' & High Heelin'
C.C. Diemond - Guitar Rippin' & Whiskey Sippin'
Daniel Dekay - Flyin' Vees & Smokin' Trees
Tommy Cee - Rockin' Bass & Givin' Chase
Aiden Tranquada - Drummin' Thunder & Evil Plunder

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Geoff Tate’s Queensryche getting ready for ‘Operation Mindcrime’ 25th anniversary tour, first video interview of the band

by on Dec.04, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Geoff Tate’s Queensryche getting ready for ‘Operation Mindcrime’ 25th anniversary tour, first video interview of the band

Queensryche vocalist and founding member Geoff Tate has announced an all-star lineup for his version of the band he has fronted since it's inception. He will take the new lineup on the road in 2013 for the 25th Anniversary of Queensryche’s 1988 release, 'Operation: Mindcrime.' Initial tour dates have been announced, with more to be scheduled.

The tour will kick off in April and feature bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio), drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche/Myth) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) along with special guest appearances and plenty of surprises.

“It’s great to be performing with all of these guys who have been true friends for years,” comments Geoff. “Kelly, Randy and I formed Myth more than 30 years ago and I’ve known Rudy and Bobby for several years as well. I think we are all inspired by the collaboration and couldn’t be more excited to bring it to our fans next year.”

The performance of Operation: Mindcrime next spring will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as "Revolution Calling," "Operation: Mindcrime," "I Don't Believe in Love," and the closing track, "Eyes of a Stranger."
It will also feature other selections from the Queensryche catalog including songs from Operation: Mindrime II. Go to www.queensryche.com or www.geofftate.com/tour for all the info.
"Geoff and I first met in 1983 when Queensryche toured with Quiet Riot. I immediately admired his voice and dynamic stage presence. It's truly an honor and privilege to join the new Queensryche line-up on its wondrous musical journey." -Rudy Sarzo

"Geoff and Queensryche and Ratt have a long history of touring together and I'm very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys." -Bobby Blotzer

"I'm really amped! This is an awesome group of people who are all very skilled in the craft of making music. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it!" Kelly Gray

"After not only being great friends with, but also a huge fan of Queensryche since their beginning, and for years working behind the scenes for this groundbreaking and quintessential progressive rock band; it is such a honor to now be working within the band, especially with the incredible level of musicianship and amazing talent of the new lineup!" - Randy Gane

Guitarist Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), who was initially slated to be a part of the new band announced that he was separating himself from the project last month. He said: "I was very excited about doing this gig initially, but learned in the past week or so that it's in my best interest not to do this right now. I feel really bad for those who were excited about the idea, and to Geoff himself, who, I have to say, was very nice to me on my past trip to Seattle. I, of course, am very disappointed for arriving at this point, and making this decision, to say the least. I sincerely wish the Geoff and the band all the luck on what they do in the future."

25TH Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013:
Apr. 6 – Peppermill Casino - West Wendover, NV
Apr. 11 – Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
Apr. 12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Albuquerque, NM
Apr. 13 – Chrome - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 14 – Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ
Apr. 16 – Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
Apr. 18 – The Canyon Club - Agoura, CA
Apr. 19 – 4th & B - San Diego, CA
Apr. 20 – Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 21 – Fillmore - San Francisco, CA

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Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer says he’s “exhausted” dealing with bandmates, is excited about touring with Geoff Tate’s Queensryche

by on Sep.05, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer says he’s “exhausted” dealing with bandmates, is excited about touring with Geoff Tate’s Queensryche

After the announcement that drummer Bobby Blotzer will be part of the upcoming touring band with vocalist Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche, Ratt fans posted concern about the future of the band, which prompted Blotz to write on his facebook page:

"Hey peeps, I really appreciate the loads of positive feedback about the grouping with Geoff and company. A lot of questions about the state of RATT surfacing as well. Those should be directed in the direction the usual suspects in RATT's disappearance, Warren [DeMartini, guitar] and Stephen [Pearcy]. I've exhausted myself for two years with those two. I'm sorry for all the b.s. They have fed false info to fans. Not meant to be mean, just exhausted with unreasonable people."

Blotzer also says that he's fired up about his new gig as a member of the singer Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche, saying in a statement on Queensryche.com, "Geoff and QUEENSRŸCHE and RATT have a long history of touring together and I am very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys."

Tate was fired from Queensryche back in June after fronting the group for three decades, initially seeking to prevent his former bandmates from touring and operating under the Queensryche name without him. An initial ruling went against Tate, but the presiding judge determined that there was no legal reason why Tate couldn't also use the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. If the case ever goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.

Just days ago (September 2), Tate announced his own version of Queensryche with a lineup of Blotzer, bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Blue Oyster Cult), guitarist Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth/King Diamond). Guitarist Kelly Gray is also part of the lineup, and he actually played with Queensryche from 1998 until 2001 and produced several of their albums, along with keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with Queensryche and Geoff's solo group.

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Geoff Tate announces lineup for his version of Queensryche

by on Sep.02, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Geoff Tate announces lineup for his version of Queensryche

Geoff Tate of Queensryche has announced the musicians that will be a part of what he describes as an "anniversary tour" in 2013. After Tate tried and failed to get his former bandmates to stop using the Queensyrche name after they fired him, he will use the name as well for his version of the band. The new lineup includes Rudy Sarzo (AniMetal USA, ex-Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio/Blue Oyster Cult) on bass, Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) on drums, Glen Drover (Megadeth/King Diamond) on guitar, Kelly Gray (ex-Queensryche) on guitar, and Randy Gane on keyboards.

Geoff Tate said in a statement: “I’m sure the last few months have been very frustrating for you. I know they have been for me. It’s said that adversity makes one stronger. I’m definitely in a better place now than I’ve ever been before.

“Today is a new day and I am thrilled to announce the new Queensryche. Together we shall embark on a new musical journey that will be a greater extension of where Queensryche has ever been.

"The challenge, when you're in a creative environment, is keeping things fresh and invigorating, and after working with the same people for thirty years, it gets very difficult. You walk into the room, and everybody knows what everyone is going to do. There's no spark, the chemistry is very tried and true and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself.

"With this new project, with these new people, it's a whole new scene. There are new ideas, different musical backgrounds and a whole new set of parameters. Everyone has ideas you haven't heard before, and everyone is throwing them against the wall and suddenly...the music has a whole new life.

"I look forward to this new life and I hope to see you on tour as all of us come together and begin this new era."

Says Bobby Blotzer: "Geoff and Queensryche and Ratt have a long history of touring together and I am very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys."

Adds Drover: "


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is a band that I grew up with and have always respected a great deal. [It] will also be great to play with the other musicians involved that I have never played with before. [I am] really looking forward to to this!"

Tate has completed work on his sophomore solo album, "Kings And Thieves", slated for release next month via InsideOut Music. Tate will support Alice Cooper on a Canadian tour this November.

 

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