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December 1, 2020

Chris DeGarmo Joins Lily Cornell Silver on Alice in Chains' 'Black Gives Way to Blue'

It wasn't the solo performance fans may have hoped for, but an understated Chris DeGarmo was the perfect accompaniment for Lily Cornell Silver's musical debut at tonight's Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) 2020 Founders Award event honoring Alice in Chains.

The duo, with DeGarmo on acoustic guitar and Cornell Silver on piano and lead vocals, played "Black Gives Way to Blue," the melancholy, yet uplifting title track from Alice in Chains' 2009 comeback album. Dressed simply, and avoiding looking up at the cameras, the former Queensryche guitarist played with just the right amount of touch and subtlety he's known for, allowing Cornell Silver to shine...

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November 25, 2020

Universal Japan Reissuing Operation: LIVEcrime and Hear in the Now Frontier

Universal Japan is reissuing Queensryche's Operation: LIVEcrime and Hear in the Now Frontier on December 9 (December 18 in the United States). The latest versions are marketed as "limited low-priced reissues" featuring bonus tracks.

Don't rush to pre-order them just yet, fellow Rychers. The reissues unfortunately do not contain any previously unreleased material. They appear to be simple reproductions of the 2003 remastered versions of the albums...

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November 18, 2020

Chris DeGarmo to Perform at Founders Award Honoring Alice in Chains

Former Queensryche guitarist and songwriter Chris DeGarmo will appear at the 2020 Museum of Pop Culture Founders Award event, honoring Alice in Chains.

DeGarmo is among dozens of artists scheduled to play a tribute performance at the show—a who's who list of rock and metal royalty that includes Metallica, Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Mastodon, and members of Soundgarden. The show will be held online, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and will start at 6 p.m. Pacific...

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October 20, 2020

Down on the Rycheside

When Queensryche released Hear in the Now Frontier in 1997, it was viewed as a departure for the band. Featuring songs that experimented with alternative rock, the band stripped away its signature lush production in favor of a rawer sound. While change from record-to-record was certainly a hallmark of Queensryche back then, this shift felt different.  

Instead of drawing from the band's classic influences to write the record or shutting out the noise and isolating to come up with material, at the time it sounded like Queensryche jumped on the grunge-era bandwagon. Over the years, I've changed course on that and come to view Hear in the Now Frontier as a natural evolution of Chris DeGarmo's writing. But it's hard to deny the impact the mid-1990s Seattle scene had on the album, particularly Soundgarden's Down on the Upside...

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October 13, 2020

Queensryche Spotlighted in New Northwest Metal Guide

Queensryche fans have a lot to look forward to in Rusted Metal: A Guide To Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Music In The Pacific Northwest (1970-1995). Due later this fall from NW Metalworx Music, the book features a new, candid interview with Kim Harris, the band's first manager, who reveals startling new details about Queensryche's formation and early history.  

Harris, who was interviewed by authors James R. Beach and Brian L. Naron, discusses how he and his then-wife, Diana Harris, pitched EMI to sign the band, touring challenges, the over budget recording sessions of The Warning, the battles they had with the label during the Rage for Order era and much more...

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