Queensrÿche Biography

With Queensrÿche's third album, Operation: Mindcrime, the Seattle quintet transcended their heavy metal roots and cemented their reputation for cerebral music and heady lyrical vision. Now, 18 years later, the band is releasing Operation: Mindcrime II, a much-anticipated sequel that resumes the Mindcrime narrative 20 years after the original.

Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate draws inspiration from a myriad of sources, many of which might be quite surprising to Queensryche fans. Here he shares some of his favorite songs with ARTISTdirect:

1. "Cathedral" - Crosby, Stills and Nash
"This is one of my favorites of the many that I like from these icons of 20th century pop music. Haunting, thought provoking and memorable."

2. "Family Affair" - Sly and the Family Stone
"I love the sound of Sly's voice on this track and the simple emotionally detached musical landscape."

3. "Troy" - Sinead O'Connor
"This is an incredibly tragic and beautiful song sung with the passion of the experience. When I first heard this song I was instantly transported there to her world, 'Dublin in a rain storm'... beautiful."

4. "The Root" - D'Angelo
"Fantastic vocal stylings. D' Angelo is an innovator in this genre."

5. "Bring Me the Disco King (Underworld Remix)" - David Bowie
"Powerful presentation. Beautiful and complex chord voicings and the arrangement is unique. Bowie's voice is wonderfully stripped of effects, bare and human. He can really capture sadness and melancholy in what seems an effortless way. A true master vocalist and inspiration."

6. "Like a Tattoo" - Sade
"One of my favorite singers. This song works so well on so many levels. The music is lush without being overbearing and spacious to give the words power. Sade's vocal presentation is intoxicatingly detached like she is trying to not give into the feeling that the story is telling, like the hollow feeling one has after an intense emotional breakdown. Brilliant."

7. "Crazy" - Seal
"This song has an ominous feeling to it for a pop song. Quite daring."

8. "Gett Off" - Prince
"Sexy, Sexy, Sexy!"

9. "Desert Rose" - Sting
"A very haunting song. The Arabic lyrics and beautiful melody sung by Cheb Mami are timely considering our conflict in the Middle East."

10) "Granada" - The Three tenors
"I am in awe every time I listen to these guys sing."

Queensryche's latest album, Operation: Mindcrime II, is available now in the ARTISTdirect Store. Click here to listen to a full album stream!

Queensrÿche Bio from Discogs

Queensrÿche started as The Mob in 1981, by guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scot Rockenfield, guitarist Chris Degarmo and bassist Eddie Jackson. Without a singer, they recruited Geoff Tate to sing for them at a local rock festival. At the time, Tate was in other band called Babylon. After Babylon broke up, Tate performed a few shows with The Mob but left. In 1981, The Mob put together sufficient funds to record a demo tape. Once again they asked Tate, he was in other band Myth, for singing the vocals and they recorded four songs “Queen of the Reich”, “Nightrider”, “Blinded”, and “The Lady Wore Black”.

Because the name “The Mob” was not available, they decided to name the band Queensryche after the first song on their demo tape, “Queen of the Reich”. In 1983, Queensryche released their demo tape as a self-titled EP "Queensryche". After the EP garnered international praise, receiving much airplay and selling an unusual amount of copies for a small independent release, Tate agreed to leave Myth and become Queensrÿche’s permanent lead singer.

With the 1st full-length album "The Warning" in 1984 and their follow-up album "Rage For Order" in 1986, Queensryche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80's. The band received worldwide acclaim after the album "Operation: Mindcrime" in 1988, which is often considered one of the greatest concept albums of all time. The follow-up album in 1990 "Empire" was also very successful and included the hit single "Silent Lucidity". The band has received three Grammy Award nominations for songs off both albums; Rockenfield also received a Grammy nomination outside of Queensrÿche.

In 1997, guitarist and primary songwriter Chris DeGarmo left the band for personal reasons. Over the years, his replacements have been Kelly Gray, Mike Stone, and Parker Lundgren, respectively.

In a band meeting on April 12, 2012, which Tate did not attend, the band members discussed outsourcing the fanclub and merchandising, resulting in the firing of Tate’s stepdaughter, Miranda, from running the band’s fan club. Wilton, Rockenfield, and Jackson also fired the band manager, Susan Tate, because of ongoing “arguments and division” over decisions and “feelings that Susan Tate was not working on the behalf of the band as a whole.” On April 14, 2012, before the soundcheck for a show at the HSBC Arena in São Paulo, Brazil, Tate inquired with Wilton, Rockenfield, and Jackson why they had fired his wife and stepdaughter, and the other band members asked Tate questions about the deal with zoetifex Studios.

Following that São Paulo incident, Tate was fired from the band and replaced with Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre.

On June 12, Tate and his wife filed a lawsuit in a Seattle court against his former bandmates, claiming that he was illegally fired from the band. They also sought a preliminary injunction to prevent both the plaintiffs and the defendants from using the Queensrÿche name. On July 13, 2012, the Washington state superior court defeated this motion, as well as a motion for a preliminary summary judgment filed by the defendants. The court ruled that both parties may use the brand Queensrÿche until the next court date. As a result of the judge’s preliminary verdict, there are currently two versions of Queensrÿche until the court date or a settlement will determine who may officially ow .... Click here to read the full bio on DISCOGS.

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