THE TODD LE TORRE VERSION OF QUEENSRŸCHE’S SELF-TITLED ALBUM CHARTS IN THE TOP 25
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.
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Queensrÿche is Todd La Torre (vocals), Michael Wilton (guitars), Parker Lundgren (guitars), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums).
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.