Chronicling the History of Queensryche's Original Lineup

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About the Site is a non-profit fan-run website that covers the original lineup of Queensryche, a progressive hard rock/metal band from Seattle, Wash. The site features a hybrid music/personal blog on this specific era of the band and related music and experiences, along with a comprehensive history, discography, and tour date archive. The history section features retrospective essays written by fan and collector Brian Heaton.

These essays are based on personal research, magazine articles, and interviews with various band members and individuals associated with Queensryche over the years - from old friends to the road crew and studio professionals. Many of the article scans, ticket stub pictures and various other media have been sent to the author by fellow fans, who share a similar interest in preserving the history of Queensryche's early years.

The site started initially under the banner of "Breaking the Silence" in 1996, primarily focusing on live show trading. That site morphed into the "The Breakdown Room" in 1998-1999, when it became more of a tribute site to the band. A message board followed in 2004, which was active for more than a decade. The site rebranded to "" in 2006, and ultimately, the content shifted to focus exclusively on Queensryche's original lineup and members.


If you are interested in contributing something to the site (article scans, ticket stubs, new information, etc.), please email artoflive156 @ yahoo dot com. We're always on the lookout for new information.

Credits would not exist if not for the hard work of many that came before me. First and foremost, a big thank you to Brett Miller, Johan Wall, Dan Birchall, Kevin Scurlock and Amy Lee, whose information back in the late 1990s helped set the template for what this site has become over the years. In addition, almost every writer sucks until someone else reviews their work and tells them what they forgot or screwed up. I'm certainly no exception to that. My thanks to Staci Heaton, Gregory Twachtman, John Schneiderwind, and Raf Ahrayeph for the extra eyes. Additional thanks to Rob Kotynski, Marshal Schoener, Larry Fulkerson, Marcus Mannertorp, and the whole "Promised Land" gang from the late-1990s and early-2000s.

This site is dedicated to the late David "London" Ascoli.

Author Bio

Brian Heaton has been a communications professional since 1999. He started his career as a B2B journalist covering sports and fitness before moving on to law school, earning his Juris Doctor. Following a short stint in the legal world, Brian went into political communications for a decade before transitioning back to journalism. He covered technology law and policy for years, and can bore you to tears on topics ranging from cyber security to net neutrality and cloud computing. Currently, Brian is the managing legal editor for an association that focuses on the education and training of prosecutors.

A Queensryche fan since 1987/1988, Brian's favorite Queensryche songs include "Anybody Listening?," "NM 156," "Screaming in Digital," and "Damaged," and his favorite record by the band is of course, Operation: Mindcrime. In addition to Queensryche's original lineup, Brian is also a hardcore fan of Alter Bridge, and Fates Warning; and as you can guess, he has a passion for hard rock and heavy metal history.

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