Two bands named Queensrÿche are on tourWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | email@example.com
A fist brandishing three rings — one with an F, another with the Queensrÿche logo and one with a U — bursts from the cover of the new disc “Frequency Unknown.”
“I had the idea for the album cover,” said Geoff Tate. “I used my fist for a model. I don’t have any hair on my knuckles, so I wanted it to be a little more masculine-looking fist, so [the artist] used a different hand model.”
During a call from his Seattle home, the original singer of the band explained the title.
“Legend is that when you’re creating music and you’re putting a mix together and you’re blasting in the studio, all these sounds are kind of disassociated until you dial in this certain frequency of equalization that brings all the notes and the whole mix together; it becomes incredibly focused at that point.
“It’s this unknown frequency that you’re always looking for, and nobody knows what it is. You just start fiddling with the dials until it sounds good to everybody,” he said.
Those initials may also be a message to Tate’s former band mates, who fired him last year.
“I filed an injunction against the other guys to get them to stop using the name [Queensrÿche], so both parties wouldn’t use the name until we settled our dispute. But, unfortunately, that didn’t work. The judge gave both parties permission to use the name for the year prior to the court ruling,” Tate said.
“I, for one, have just been going about doing what it is I do. I put together a band, made a record and put it out, and I’m touring with the name of my band and continuing on until November when, hopefully, this all will be settled.”
Tate’s Queensrÿche features bassist Rudy Sarzo, who has played with Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio and Quiet Riot; drummer Simon Wright, formerly of AC/DC; guitarist Robert Sarzo of Hurricane fame; and guitarist Kelly Gray and keyboardist Randy Gane, who were with Myth. Gray is also a former member of Queensrÿche.
They will play the Detroit Fillmore June 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $45.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album “Operation: Mindcrime,” the band will perform the disc in its entirety. In 1988, the concept album was a critical and commercial success.
“It was a very good album, well done,” Tate said. “It was an interesting blend of types of songs, catchy melodies, it had a very dark kind of sinister sort of feeling about a lot of the music. It had a story line; it had characters that people related to; it had a story that people related to once they realized it was a story.”
And it had a lot of marketing.
“Looking back on ‘Mindcrime,’ it had a $4 million promotional budget at that time. By today’s standards, the new record [‘Frequency Unknown’] has a $1,000 promotional budget,” Tate said and laughed. “It’s a whole different industry now than it was then.”
Fan favorites will also be featured at the show.
“We’re playing an encore of the more well-known songs from Queensrÿche — ‘Silent Lucidity’ and other songs off ‘Empire,’ ” Tate said.
Looking for a double dose of metal? Check out Queensrÿche — with original members guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield, along with singer Todd La Torre and keyboardist Parker Lundgren — May 31 at Toledo Harley-Davidson, 7960 W. Central Ave. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $35.