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Site Updates

Editor's Note: is a work in progress. As I get time, the historical account will be expanded, particularly after I conduct further interviews with people associated with Queensryche from the 1980s. I also plan to make the site more interactive with live audio and video footage from the original lineup. While these updates won't be regular, rest assured this site will remain actively monitored and changed as time permits.

September 25, 2017

Put up some cool old-school black and white live photos of the band from its August 13, 1986 gig at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Laguna Chills, Calif. Of note is a rare capture of touring keyboardist Randy "Random Damage" Gane at the end of the show.

In addition, I uploaded a number of ticket stub and promotional flyer/poster scans to various gigs throughout the Promised Land and HITNF tours in 1995 and 1997, respectively. One of the most interesting ones is a backstage laminate from the Brazil gigs in 1997 (pictured to the right). It is also located on the gig pages for each of those three shows.

I have a ton of material for future updates, I'm just looking for more time to get them finished, honestly. It seems like I am falling into a schedule of four times a year in adding to the site. By that schedule, it'll probably be around the end of 2017 before I do another update. Thanks for checking things out.

June 20, 2017

Added some back cover art for the first seven Queensryche studio releases to the Discography section today. I also updated the specific entry for Rage for Order with some additional details. I'll be adding to the info areas on all the records as the summer continues.

June 14, 2017

Just a quick update today. The current lineup of Queensryche, through its social media people, posted a couple of cool images over the past week or two. Cover concept art for The Warning! Click here to check it out! (scroll down) Suffice it to say, I think they made the right choice with the cover art we're all familiar with.

June 1, 2017

Made some additions to the Tour Date Archive today. Chief among them is a date change. What was previously listed as a gig on Dec. 14, 1988, in Fresno, Calif., has been bumped back a day to the 13th, due to a poster I recently found (and added) to the gig page. So the correct date is Dec. 13, 1988, at the Selland Arena, in Fresno, opening for Metallica.

I also uploaded a bunch of ticket stub scans. Those are:

March 8, 1989
April 22, 1995
July 9, 1995
July 19, 1997
Sept. 14, 1991
Oct. 6, 1984
Oct. 22, 1986
Nov. 29, 1986
Dec. 1, 1991
Dec. 6, 1990

More later this summer!

May 5, 2017

Another blog today, this time about why Promised Land didn't really resonate with the mainstream. Check out Screaming in Digital to check it out!

Next month I plan on doing the summer update, with a bunch of new media to check out.

Apr. 5, 2017

Not a major update, but I added a blog to the site today, titled "Screaming in Digital." The blog will just be a place to post my thoughts on various things related to the original lineup of Queensryche. From time to time, some guests will also use the space for their own Queensryche-related ramblings.

The summer update is getting bigger. I have approximately 70 scans/stubs/images to upload to the Scrapbook, which I'll get to in the next few months.

Mar. 24, 2017

The Spring 2017 update is complete. Most of what is new this quarter are article scans and promo scans in the Scrapbook section of the site. Look for new items in the EP, Rage for Order, Operation: Mindcrime, Empire, and Tribe era sections for a bunch of new stuff to check out. In addition, I added a stub from the Nov. 18, 1990 gig in Germany, and one last photo (of Chris DeGarmo) to the in-store photos displayed on the Dec. 4, 1984 gig page.

I also attended Geoff Tate's solo acoustic tour earlier this month, and added some tidbits about Promised Land to the Notes section of that album. Check it out, as it was a pretty cool story.

Feb. 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day to all you Rychers out there. Showing some love on this Tuesday morning to the original lineup of Queensr˙che by adding to a few gig pages with ticket stubs and show advertisements. Here is the rundown of pages updated: April 18, 1995, May 6, 1995, June 4, 1991, June 25, 1995, July 11, 1995, and July 22, 1997.

The next update (Spring) looks to be a variety of new magazine article scans, and scans of promotional ads and items for the band's various records.

Jan. 31, 2017

Been a busy start to 2017 for me, so apologies on the lack of updates so far this year. I have one good-sized update ready to be done, just need to find the time to do it. Hopefully in February. A few articles, ticket stub, and some pictures. As mentioned below, also plan on expanding the album pages more this year. 2017 is also the 20th Anniversary of Hear in the Now Frontier. Not a popular album from Queensr˙che, but it still has some great gems such as "spOOL," "Hit the Black," and "Reach."

Dec. 7, 2016

Finished some minor album page edits in the Discography section today. Simply added images for singles and promotional singles to each of the records. As mentioned in the previous update, I'll expand each of those album pages further in 2017. This will likely be the last update for 2016. It's been nice to reconnect with my passion for the original Queensryche's history this year. Looking forward to making even more comprehensive in the years to come. Take Hold!

Dec. 5, 2016

We've been busy over the last week or so making some edits to the site. The Discography section is still being upgraded, as a bunch of the records had added imagery from promotional singles (thank you, as always, to Thomas Brogli and his Rycheitems site for sharing many of those images with us). That will be a project that lasts into 2017, as I have a bunch more CD/promo single imagery to add, and I'd like to add some album artwork, and other information. The Epilogue of the retrospective was also tweaked slightly, adding in a paragraph (along with five photos I had sitting on my hard drive) about the reunion of DeGarmo and Wilton at the halftime show of the Seahawks playoff game on Jan. 8, 2011.

Nov. 27, 2016

I revamped the Discography section this weekend, morphing from a text-centered approach, to a landing page with cover images. It's more pleasing to the eye, and will enable me to more easily update each release's individual page. Look for each album/video page to be expanded with a lot more info and imagery in the months to come.

Nov. 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! A very short update today. One stub scan, from the May 24, 1991 gig in Columbus, Ohio, was added to the Tour Date Archive. In addition, I added a few various photos of the band to the different pages of the historical retrospective that I had on file. I tried to make sure the photos matched up to each era. Made a couple of tiny graphical additions as well, that nobody but me will notice. That's it for this week. Have a great holiday!

Nov. 21, 2016

Today I updated the Band Scrapbook with a few article scans I had laying around for a while. Check the bottom of each era's "Article Scans" subsection for new entries under Warning, Mindcrime, Empire, and Promised Land, respectively. A few issues of MEAT and Kerrang were where most were culled from.

As we head into December 2016, it has been 19 years since the last time the original lineup played a show together. Hard to believe. As a result, however, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find concert ticket stubs, live photos, articles, confirmed setlists, and lots of other details to enhance this site. So if you'd like to see the continue to grow, now is the time to dig through your old 80s and 90s concert stuff, and pull some of those old Rychean treasures out for display. All files can be sent to artoflive156 AT yahoo dot com. Just let me know what the item is, the date, and how you want to be credited. My default is first name, last initial, unless otherwise stated.

Nov. 16, 2016

Updated the Tour Date Archive with a number of different stubs and images. Of note is a blank certificate of attendance from the band, given out to fans who were at the VLA show on June 5, 1997, which was a dress rehearsal for the Hear in the Now Frontier tour that summer. I had never seen that COA before, so that was pretty cool. In addition, I uploaded scans from Queensryche's Japan headline run in May 1989, and a few Empire-era ticket scans from Japan as well (1991). Finally, I made a minor addition to the Band Scrapbook -- a new 1991 era promo shot of the band. Thanks again to long time contributor "JP" for these items.

I have compiled some non-English article scans I had sitting around for the next update. Until then, Take Hold!

Nov. 14, 2016

Chapter 1 of the retrospective was updated today with a gem -- photos of what is believed to be one of the cassette copies of Queensryche's EP that was sent out to magazines in 1983. A big thank you to Thomas Brogli for the pictures. If you take a look at the photos, you'll notice the tape is listed as being produced in April 1983, and it has the 1982 copyright date of the actual recording listed on it as well.

Nov. 9, 2016

The Tour Date Archive got a few more additions today. New stubs included March 12, 1989, May 21, 1991, July 8, 1997, and Nov. 25, 1988. I also added second stubs (slightly different looks) to the gig pages from Jan. 29, 1985, May 21, 1995, July 30, 1991, and Oct. 25, 1991.

A few people (thank you) have reached out to me regarding what I'm looking for, for the site, in particular, the Tour Date Archive. Specifically, I'm looking for ticket stub scans from gigs that I don't have any from, or second ticket stubs that differ in look from the ones I have posted. In regard to photos, if you have photos you've taken at a gig, and know the date, I'm always looking for live concert photos to display on each gig page. You can send anything to me at artoflive156 AT yahoo dot com. Just let me know how you want to be credited. My default is first name, last initial, unless otherwise stated. Take Hold!

Nov. 8, 2016

Added stub scans for a few more shows today. June 10, 1995, June 28, 1997, and Dec. 12, 1988. Check them out in the Tour Date Archive.

Nov. 4, 2016

I promised another update this year. Well, today is fitting in many ways. A tribute to my late, good friend, and fellow Queensryche fanatic, David "London" Ascoli. As any Queensryche fan knows, "London," the song, has this date in the lyrics. So why not do the update today...

Added five new photos to the July 12, 1985 gig page, courtesy of George Contreras. Thanks, George. In addition, a photo for the Aug. 15, 1986 show was also uploaded. Finally, stub scans were posted for the March 30 1989, July 21, 1995, and Aug. 15, 1997 gigs.

As always, if you have anything from the original lineup of Queensryche to contribute to the site (photos, stub scans, swag scans, setlists, etc.), please contact me at artoflive 156 AT yahoo dot com. Thanks, and put on "London" today, and toast David Ascoli. A great man, taken far too soon. The memories will never leave me...

Nov. 3, 2016:

November's update consists of a variety of ticket stub scans, a new date, and some in-store photos. First, the Tour Date Archive had a new gig. Sept. 27, 1983, in Burlington, Iowa. Queensryche was opening for Quiet Riot on this tour, and had opened on the dates prior and after this gig, so I felt pretty safe adding this missing show to the archive. A ticket stub (with Quiet Riot on it) was added.

In addition, Sean W. contributed some in-store photos and a ticket stub from Queensryche's March 11, 1989 appearance when on tour supporting Metallica. Some pretty cool candids. Thank you Sean!

Stub-wise, a variety of ticket and show advertisement scans were added to existing gig pages. The shows updated include:

  1. 1991 may 29th Evansville
  2. 1991 oct. 17th Edmonton Queensryche + Warrior Soul
  3. 1991 nov. 21st Manhattan, KS headline
  4. 1984 dec. 2nd Indianapolis
  5. 1984 dec. 5th Evansville
  6. 1985 feb. 27th Vancouver
  7. 1985 mar. 1st Edmonton
  8. 1985 mar. 2nd Lethbridge
  9. 1985 mar. 3rd Calgary
  10. 1986 aug. 23rd Edmonton AC/DC + Queensryche
  11. 1986 aug. 25th Winnipeg AC/DC + Queensryche
  12. 1986 oct. 5th Beaumont OZZY + Queensryche
  13. 1986 oct. 21st Santa Monica Queensryche + Keel
  14. 1986 nov. 25th London Bon Jovi + Queensryche
  15. 1991 may 3rd St.Louis headline
  16. 1991 may 28th Peoria Queensryche + Suicidal Tendencies
  17. 1985 jan. 18th New York IRON MAIDEN + Queensryche
  18. 1985 feb. 7th Las Vegas KISS + Queensryche
  19. 1985 feb. 22nd San Diego KISS + Queensryche
  20. 1985 mar. 1st Edmonton KISS + Queensryche
  21. 1985 may 31st Brooklyn headline
  22. 1986 aug. 7th San Antonio AC/DC + Queensryche
  23. 1986 aug. 9th Tucson AC/DC + Queensryche
  24. 1986 aug. 13th AC/DC + Queensryche
  25. 1983 sept. 17th San Antonio QUIET RIOT + Queensryche + Axe
  26. 1983 sept. 27th Burlington QUIET RIOT
  27. 1984 sept. 10th Ipswich DIO + Queensryche
  28. 1984 oct. 21st Hamburg DIO + Queensryche
  29. 1984 oct. 30th Paris DIO + Queensryche
  30. 1984 nov. 30th Brooklyn headline
  31. 1984 dec. 2nd Indianapolis KISS + Queensryche

All of the above comes courtesy of the hard work of long-time contributor "JP." Thanks for sending those along. I'm currently compiling a host of photos and other items for the next update. This one was delayed due to some issues with my laptop, but I hope to get one more update done in 2016. Take Hold!

Aug. 3, 2016:

Made a huge update to the Tour Date Archive for this month's update. Here's the lowdown:

I changed the Sept. 30th 1986 date location to include mention of "Trotwood," as it was just as close to Dayton. I also added Sept. 27, 1986, in Toledo, Ohio, at the Toledo Sports Arena. This included pictures from Mike Johnson. Thanks Mike!

I also added October 3, 1986, in Biloxi, Miss., at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum (should be supporting Ozzy Osbourne on Ultimate Sin tour, as band finished out that tour with them); September 10, 1986, in Jacksonville, Fla., at the Jacksonville Coliseum; September 16, 1986, in Providence, R.I., at the Providence Civic Arena; and February 4, 1987, in Abilene, Texas, opening for Ratt.

Other additions included live photos from Queensryche's Nov. 15, 1988 gig in Toledo, Ohio, courtesy again of Mike Johnson; and a clarification of the May 14-May 15, 1995 dates. I had May 14 erroneously listed as Reno, Nev. May 14 was Las Vegas, May 15 was Reno. Added a stub for the May 14, 1995 gig from Jeremy Newton. A host of other stubs from approximately 30 shows were provided by Jeff Harris, Chris Tidwell, and myself. Thanks guys.

Finally, in the Scrapbook section, I uploaded a HITNF era poster (courtesy of "Marshall") and various other promotional swag scans, included an Empire promo ad, and a magazine advertisement for Live in Tokyo.

I have September's update already compiled. I'll get to that later this month and hopefully update the first week of September. Thanks for checking out the site!

June 12, 2016:

A listing of Queensryche's greatest hits/compilation albums was added to the Album & Video Releases area of the site. I also included the two tribute albums released in 2000 (16 years ago!) honoring the band.

June 1, 2016:

A very minor update today. Added some "quick links" to the Album & Video Releases section to make navigation between each album a little easier. I'll be adding more detail to each release in the coming weeks, so I wanted a faster way to flip between each of them, without creating separate pages.

May 28, 2016:

Happy to announce I was able to restore all the scans of articles, band photos, and various promotional swag to It is sorted by era in a section now called the Queensryche Scrapbook. It's quite a trip to look back at all the eras of Queensryche's original lineup and re-read many of the stories printed about them. Jump on the road to madness and take a look! also salutes the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who lost their lives defending the United States of America on this Memorial Day weekend. Take hold, and God bless.

May 27, 2016:

Individual gig pages for the 1997 Hear in the Now Frontier Tour are no up in the Tour Date Archive. Next up will be restoring article scans from all eras of the original lineup of Queensryche. Look for that starting late next week.

May 26, 2016:

Individual gig pages for the Road to the Promised Land 1994-1995 tour are now live in the Tour Date Archive. The 1997 Hear in the Now Frontier tour pages will be up tomorrow. Take Hold!

May 25, 2016:

Individual gig pages for the Building Empires tour are now live in the Tour Date Archive. My plan is to get to the 1994-1995 Promised Land tour, and the 1997 Hear in the Now Frontier tour pages by the end of the week. Take Hold!

May 24, 2016:

Updated the Tour Date Archive with the 1986-1987, and 1988-1989 individual gig pages! Next up, the Building Empires tour! Stay tuned!

May 22, 2016:

Individual gig pages are now online in the Tour Date Archive! I was able to re-code and upload dates from The Mob, EP, and Warning eras of the band. Enjoy! The rest will follow in the next few weeks. Next up after that will be the article scans.

May 13, 2016:

Did some minor adjustments to the site layout. I restructured the Table of Contents area to emphasize both the retrospective, and all the other information the site has to offer. Nothing huge at this point, but some other changes are coming. Most notably, I'll be adding back in the individual pages for each show I have detailed setlist and other information for in the Tour Date Archive. I'll also put all the article scans from 1982-1997 back online this summer. Finally, I'm planning to expand the Albums and Video Releases section to include expanded artwork, including singles, and compilation appearances.

I also added a counter to the landing page. I'm curious to see the traffic the main site gets. For the record, the counter started on May 13, 2016, at zero (0) hits, although the first dozen were me.

Aug. 9, 2015:

Oct. 19, 1986, Arlington TheatreWe added a new Rage for Order headline show to the Tour Date Archive today, courtesy of Chris Tidwell. Oct. 19, 1986, at the Arlington Theatre, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Keel and Black and Blue supported Queensryche. Chris discovered a poster/flier for the show on eBay (see image to the right) and sent in the information.

As Tidwell and I discussed, if memory serves us both correctly, Queensryche was in-between management and booking agents, and Chris DeGarmo himself was the one booking this headline swing on behalf of the group. That could be why some of these Rage dates are so hard to confirm, since I doubt DeGarmo had a lot of ability to market the shows.

In addition, I slightly tweaked the original tracklist of The Warning to reflect an image of the band final mix cassette tape that they approved. Everything stayed the same, except the approved mix (which was later changed by the label and Val Garay) had "No Sanctuary" as the third track, and "Deliverance" as the fourth. A minor adjustment, but I corrected it to make sure our information was accurate. Check out the Releases section to view the scan of the tape and corrected listing.

May 23, 2015:

Updated the Tour Date Archive a bit today. "Setzer" again came through with some research, uncovering that the long assumed Nov. 21, 1984, Philadelphia, Pa., date listed as taking place at "Mancini's," was in fact a headline gig in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Nov. 11, 1984. I resisted making the change for awhile, because no proof was uncovered to support that assertion. But Setzer and a fellow live show trader uncovered information from a Pittsburgh music history site that provides the necessary details to change the archive:

"During the start of the rock music era in the mid 1960s one of the first clubs in Western Pennsylvania to host Pittsburgh bands who played original music was Mancini’s Lounge in McKees Rocks. It also became one of Pittsburgh’s first clubs to showcase national blues and rock acts in the late 1970s. Mancini’s was located at the foot of the McKees Rock Bridge at 826 Island Avenue in the Rocks." ...

"Mancini’s was also a showcase for rock acts such as the Pretenders, Pat Benetar, Bad Finger, the Joe Perry Project, the Ventures, Bobby Bare, Queensryche (Nov 11, 1984), The Ramones (July, 1986), Megadeth (Oct, 1986), and Novo Combo with hometown hero Pete Hewlett. In February of 1985 Rick Danko of the Band performed with a Byrds tribute band."

Given that the site was extremely particular in regard to the exact date in comparison to the others listed, that's sufficient enough proof for me. The Nov. 21, 1984 show in Philadelphia also happened. But what venue, and whether it was a headline show, or a gig in support of KISS, is unknown at this time. Thanks again to Setzer for his tireless research to confirm that date.

March 8, 2015:

Confirmed the Detroit, Mich., date from the EP tour to be Oct. 19, 1983, and added that to the Tour Date Archive. Thanks to "Setzer" for his research on that particular item.

Feb. 21: 2015:

Made a couple of minor fact corrections on the site. Also added a note that Harold Alfred is the designer of the tri-ryche totem pole depicted on the cover of Promised Land. A lot of fans incorrectly assume that Hugh Syme (who has worked with Queensryche numerous times) created it. Hugh handled all the art for PL, but did not design or create the totem pole.

Clarification -- for those that keep track of these sorts of things, please note the hit counter on the front part of the page is for unique visits to the site. I set it that way on purpose, so there was an accurate depiction of how many real people have checked out the site. Thanks to all of you that have and please speak the word!

Jan. 1, 2015:

Welcome to 3.0! If you're searching for historical information on the original lineup of Queensryche, you've found your promised land. The basic site has been completed, although as mentioned in the editor's note above, I'll be adding to the historical account and expanding the content over time.

In the meantime, thanks for visiting, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at artoflive156 AT yahoo dot com.

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