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September 23, 2020

What I'm Listening To: Music Recommendations for Global Minds's focus is on Queensryche, primarily the band's original lineup and its music. But periodically, I'll blog about other artists. Specifically, albums and live shows from bands that I'm digging and think fellow Rychers will enjoy too.

This time around, it's stellar new albums by 10 Years and Unleash the Archers...

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September 22, 2020

Queensryche and Peter Collins Look Back on Empire

Fans may not have the long-awaited 30th Anniversary edition of Queensryche's Empire in their hands yet, but the band, along with producer Peter Collins, had plenty to say recently about the album's enduring legacy.

Interviewed by Billboard's Christa Titus, Collins called the members of Queensryche "super professional" during the Empire recording sessions. He said the band's songwriting on Empire helped create a "genre of rock music," noting that the way Queensryche structured its guitar work on the album was uncomparable to any other group...

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September 5, 2020

Friday Music Re-issuing Empire on Colored Vinyl for 30th Anniversary

News on Capitol Records' plans for a 30th Anniversary edition of Queensryche's Empire has been non-existent for almost a year, ever since Geoff Tate revealed the project was set for release in the first quarter of 2020 and would feature "a lot of bonus content, live tracks and liners."

The COVID-19 pandemic likely has something to do with the new Empire box set's delay. But for those Queensryche fans who can't wait, Friday Music is re-issuing the album on limited edition colored vinyl on October 30, 2020...

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July 18, 2020

Revisiting Queensryche's Road to the Promised Land Tour

It's hard to believe that a quarter-century has passed since I first saw Queensryche in concert. It was July 18, 1995, at the Jones Beach Amphitheater, in Wantagh, N.Y., on the Road to the Promised Land Tour. It was like Christmas Day for this kid from Long Island. I had been a diehard Queensryche fan for seven or eight years, and after all that time, I finally had the opportunity to see my favorite band live—and they didn't disappoint.

From the opening cries in "9:28 a.m." to the haunting non-album rendition of the closing song, "Someone Else?" the performance was grandiose in every regard, as Queensryche combined elements of heavy metal, progressive rock, and theater into a spectacle few bands of the day would dare attempt. The show was comprised of tracks from the band's five full-length studio albums, set to an overarching theme of self-reflection. In short, the two-hour journey to Queensryche's promised land was complete sensory overload...

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June 4, 2020

Queensryche Sings the Queen City Blues [Album Review]

Like many Queensryche fans, particularly us "old schoolers" from the 1980s and early 1990s, I'm an avid collector of the original lineup's live shows. Because the quality and recording sources of these bootlegs vary greatly, however, I haven't been inspired to write reviews of any new ones that have surfaced over the last few years. Until now, that is.

Queensryche's performance at the Cincinnati Gardens, in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 13, 1991, has been issued by Zodiac 360 on silver CD. Simply titled Operation: LIVEcrime November 1991 DAT Master, I can't validate the claim of it being sourced straight from the show's official digital audio tape recording, but I can say the music and vocals sound crystal clear and the release is wonderful snapshot of the last few months of the band's legendary Building Empires world tour...

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