OMN: What’s your take on the current rift in the fan base? It seems like the majority of the fans have chosen sides.
SR: It has caused confusion having two bands out there using the same name. We feel very confident that we have done the best thing for the band and also what the fans have been wanting from the band. We feel so good about what we’ve done and the response that we’ve had with the record. It was just released the day before yesterday and the response has been overwhelming. The fans are really enjoying what we’re doing—whether they want to choose sides that’s not really important. We just continue to get more support and people really seem to enjoy what we’re doing. We feel good about that.
OMN: I don’t foresee this taking place but if you lost the right to use the Queensryche name would you revisit Rising West at that point?
SR: [long pause] We don’t focus on that possibility—we’re living in the now. If that were to happen I don’t have a confirmation of what we would do in terms of what we’d call ourselves. I can tell you no matter what happens we’ll still continue to make music because the five of us have something—we feel so great about it and we’re having such a great time. That can’t stop us and nobody can take that away from us. That’s a confirmed thing that we own now—which is our chemistry together. We know it so well. I do believe that the right choice will be made in November which will be the best decision for Queensryche. Hopefully that’s the case, right?
OMN: Scott, I’m going to run down the Queensryche back catalog of studio albums and I’d like you to give me one word that describes each album.
SR: Okay let’s do it!
OMN: The Warning
SR: I’d probably have to say “energetic.”
OMN: Rage for Order
OMN: Promised Land
SR: The best.
OMN: Hear in the Now Frontier
OMN: Operation:Mindcrime II
OMN: American Soldier
OMN: Dedicated to Chaos
SR: [long pause] I’ll give you four words for this one: “Time to move on.”
OMN: Queensryche (2013)
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