THE TODD LE TORRE VERSION OF QUEENSRŸCHE’S SELF-TITLED ALBUM CHARTS IN THE TOP 25

2499059-queensryche-new-617-409 The self-titled album of legendary Seattle rockers Queensrÿche has topped the charts. The new record Queensrÿche, released via Century Media, debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart landing at #23 and selling 13,659 copies its first week. The album also impacted the Amazon charts where it hit #2 on the Hard Rock and Metal chart and also hit #6 on the iTunes Top Rock Albums chart. The first single Fallout is currently impacting radio and the video for the song will be released next week.

“We can’t thank the fans enough for their support in helping us get to this point. It is because of you that we have had this incredible debut and we are overwhelmed with the response the album has received. Todd, Parker, Scott, Eddie and I are grateful for everyone who has stood by us over the past year,” states guitarist Michael Wilton.

Queensrÿche has gotten critical acclaim including Billboard magazine’s review stating, “From the moment Rockenfield’s drums and Wilton and Parker Lundgren’s guitars go on the attack in Where Dreams Go to Die, the traditional Queensrÿche sound is back. The hooks are arresting, and the rhythm section packs unmitigated fire power.”

Queensrÿche first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP Queensrÿche. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full-length album The Warning in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of Rage For Order, Queensrÿche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80’s. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album Operation: Mindcrime, which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Empire in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV “viewer’s choice” award for the #1 chart topping hit Silent Lucidity. During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold-out audiences. Queensrÿche has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.

For more information, please visit www.queensrycheofficial.com or http://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial.

Queensrÿche is Todd La Torre (vocals), Michael Wilton (guitars), Parker Lundgren (guitars), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums).

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Comments

  1. Kevin Perkins says:

    Do you think you could have them on again and possibly spend time with them this time?

    • I guess being the lead guests isn’t enough for you? Not to mention several extensive radio interviews I did. AMAZING people don’t get how TV works and that I work for the NETWORK. Unreal..

  2. Well this should start some interesting conversations again….

  3. sorry guys, but i just don’t get it..i listened to cd and i for one is not all that into changes especially band members….ppl has this notion that every band should put out nothing but killer albums ,and hey there’s nothing wrong with that but come on every band has something that was released at one point and is not all that hot then or today… but i can tell you this as this is only my opinion that this is going no where . i personally think its over

    • Thanks for playing Joe and please enjoy some lovely parting gifts. A year’s supply of Rice-a-Roni and the home edition of Family Feud.

    • Well, I think you are probably mistaken as, evidently, there is still a market for their music or they wouldn’t have ended up in the top 25 of the billboard charts. So, with that being said, great album great return to form and I look forward to their next one as well, which they’re already writing for while they’re touring.

    • Lol… What? Dude you made zero sense with all that babble.

      AND CONGRATS TO THE REAL QUEENSRYCHE! THE ALBUM IS AMAZING!

      Got my deluxe version last week and I was totally blown away! Sorry Geoff it is over for you. They more than DOUBLED your sales of F.U. and this is just America! I wonder what it sold in the UK! And everywhere else. This just made the courts job much easier in November. The fans have spoken. THIS IS QUEENSRYCHE.

    • Joseph it’s comforting for me to know that no matter what stupid comment I ever make on this site, it will never be the stupidest comment ever made on this site. Thanks to you. Bill was generous giving you the Rice-A-Roni.

  4. FreeJack says:

    Queensryche lost me after Promised Land. They won me back with this record, and Todd La Torre…this is an excellent record and old school fans should do themselves a favor and listen to it.

  5. I’ve been a Queensryche fan since the EP in the 80s. I attended concerts for the Mindcrime, Empire and Promised Land tours. They lost me at Hear in the Now Frontier, but I continued to buy every album to give it a chance and support the band. After listening to Dedicated to Chaos I quite literally threw the CD away! It was that bad. I was done with Queensryche. However, I’ve been following ALL of the drama very closely. From my perspective it seems like Geoff Tate has been the problem with the bands direction and sound since DeGarmo left. I’ve watched live videos of Tate’s all-star band and Queensryche with Todd. I also listened to both new albums. Here’s my take: Geoff Tate has sadly turned in to a selfish, violent person. The MANY members of his so-called “band” can’t seem to get through one song on stage without screwing it up. His F.U. album is NOT good and simply doesn’t sound like Queensryche in ANY way! The real Queensryche is on stage tearing it up and is as tight as a snare drum. Todd is an amazing vocalist! Personally I think he’s as good as Geoff ever was (and that’s saying something!) and his vocals on the REAL Queensryche’s new album are OUTSTANDING!!!! This new album is sounding better to me with every listen. I can’t wait for the next one! I’m currently a VERY happy Queensryche fan. More than anything, I’m happy to see the guys having a good time on stage again.

    • Adrian Hextall says:

      I have no need to writing anything further , your comment nails my views even down to the tours and the desire to keep buying “in the hope” that the next CD was a return to form. The new CD in my opinion rocks and kudos to them for releasing it. A good return and a good chance tht the follow up will be a killer.

  6. Brandon says:

    Harmony lead guitars are back; harmony vocals are back. Musically, this sounds very much like the QR that made me a fan from the EP until ‘Hear in…’ – very similar to what Jace just said. Though (and I know I’m in the minority here) I was more okay with ‘Dedicated’ than most of the recent albums, I am definitely encouraged by this release. It’s remained in constant rotation in the car and I’ve already listened to this CD more times than Q2K, Tribe, and American Soldier COMBINED. The current members have proven that their creativity and solidarity as a band is still well intact. At times I was missing Tate’s vocals, but Todd has a fantastic voice and is a worthy replacement. I will take Todd with the band sounding the way they do now over the past 15 years of Tate’s output ANY day without question. I’m reluctant to put the new CD in the same league as RFO, OM, and Empire, but it’s good – very good. Scott is back to drumming with his fury and dynamic chops, Eddie’s bass has a nice growl to it, and we’re finally getting to hear Michael back in true form. It’s also nice to hear what Parker is able to bring to the band, which wasn’t really evident before. As far as all the legal allegations Tate made about the remaining original members’ creativity are concerned, I think the music on this album speaks volumes. And the numbers don’t lie – it will be interesting to see how the sales of this album compare with Frequency Unknown a couple months from now.

  7. Chuck Rand says:

    I echo most of Jace’s sentiment. I’m a long time fan who saw “Hear…Frontier” as a divergence from the Queensryche of which I had been a passionate fan. I have continued buying the albums so I can have the whole catalog, and I continued to see them live through the tour in support of “Take Cover.” I think “Q2K” and “American Soldier” are pretty good but not stellar. I thought Mindcrime II, 20 years after the original, was a great follow up. “Tribe” and “Chaos” are tragically abysmal. While I am a long time fan of Tate’s voice and sound, and I would love the original band and sound releasing some hard and heavy 80’s-era tunes, the reality is Tate is lost and Whilton, Rockenfield, and Jackson, to their credit and the delight of starving fans, have rediscovered the sound and fury that put Queensryche on the map. Like Robert Mason in Warrant and Journey’s Arnel Paneda, good and powerful singers, I can’t see LeTorre as the face of Queensryche. He just looks like the frontman for a high quality cover band. Too bad. The new album has great sound, but for many, the experience is visual, too.

  8. As a side note to this, I can’t understand why Eddie minimalized this version of the band on the latest TMS. We’ve had all this drama and news for over the past year involving the Queensryche camp on this website. Then we finally get the Todd Le Torre version on the show only to have after two questions into the interview, Dave Mustaine walk out into the Megadeth show. Nothing against Dave, but he should’ve had his own show like this version of Queensryche needed theirs. There was way more focus on Geoff Tate when he was on last season. TMS even had Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson on the set, only to have them benched with the audience. Maybe this was a call on VH1’s part, but this show was handled so poorly and very anti-climactic for all the drama and hype we’ve had to hear about this. In any case, I think it’s pretty clear after the release of both versions of the band that this is the better version and the one deserving of the namesake. Though it still falls short of the ’80’s glory days material like everything else has without DeGarmo in the band.

  9. vinnie the wiz says:

    jace is dead on in his comments! and nic nailed it re the tms show. too bad they didnt get more time. we really didnt need to see the vest spew his bs, “i wish i could just sit down with these gentlemen????” wtf…. anyway, the new album is fng great!!!!

  10. scott gul says:

    The Tate QRyche album is ok ….it just doesnt sound more than 5% QRyche.
    The LaTore is awesome, 100% QRyche bringing me back to the Rage For Order days…will see them Saturday with Great White. LaTorre actually looks like he enjoys being on the stage, he’s a wildman that gives a show. Doesnt curse at fans or throw their cameras away. I was a Tate guy for the first 20 years….then he lost me…

  11. Ed, I gotta agree with a couple of the posters here. It did seem like the QR guys did get pushed to the side after Mustaine came out, even if they were the lead guests. If it was dictated by the network, that is fine, but most of us do not work in TV, so, no, we don’t know how it works.

  12. Some of the comments fluffing up the version with La Torre both here, and all over the web smack of astroturfing. It’s ok, not great. Tate’s version is ok, not great. Frankly, I’d rather hear Tate sing his songs, then listen to a Queensryche cover band. Was Van Halen still Van Halen after Dave left, some say yes, some say no. Who cares, they still made kick ass music. Neither one of these albums is anywhere close to kick ass as VH was, or anywhere near Ryche’s glory years. That’s ok. Time to put it to bed.

  13. You know why this album rocks? No Friggin’ saxophone! But you gotta wonder: How is it that both camps came out with THREE albums of new material since the break-up?

  14. Steel Curtain says:

    I would like to add something to this whole Queensryche dialogue that’s been going on for the past year and that is this: Scott Rockenfield is to Queensryche what Neil Peart is to Rush. Tate’s voice clearly contributed to the overall sound of Queenryche- no question; BUT if you listen closely to Operation Mindcrime it should be apparent that the tight rhythm section of Jackson and Rockenfield makes that album work. Also the chops and rhythms Rockenfield put on The Warning substantially adds to the sound of that album. Rockenfield even duplicates Warning songs live note for note or beat for beat just as Peart does with the complex drumming on Rush songs. Change the drumming on Child of Fire or The Warning and you will degrade the sound and feel of those songs. This is why Queenryche can replace Tate’s voice and move forward but Tate cannot recreate what he had musically with Queenryche. I would argue Queensryche exists today because of Eddie Jackson, Michael Wilton, but especially because of Scott Rockenfield. Go listen to both those albums I mentioned, focusing only on the drums and rhythm and you’ll see.

  15. Steel Curtain says:

    Also Eddie, please forgive the frustration some of us fans feel when interviews get cut short. I’m so thankful for TMS that I will never complain. What you, Don and Jim have given us with TMS deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving American culture- really. It would be cool if there was another supplemental show like Bob Costas had in late 80’s early 90’s, or Oprah’s Couch or Charlie Rose’s table where there is an in-depth hour long interview with a guest or guests where you can really delve deep into some serious meat and potato issues. I realize you’ve got the radio show too so that’s awesome. Keep up the good work and I salute you.

    • I agree. I don’t own TMS and call all the shots. That’s what my radio shows are for. Hour plus long interviews!

      • Steel Curtain says:

        Yep and since my last post I went and listened to your February Scott Rockenfield interview from your radio show- I was stopped in my tracks and riveted for those 50 minutes. You were definitely prepared with the perfect questions and exhausted every opportunity to elicit info from Rockenfield regarding the fallout. You delved and probed but did it with the utmost respect – nicely done. I’m glad I found this site.

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