October 2, 2015 was a good day for metal rockers Queensrÿche, not only did the band release their highly anticipated new album “Condition Hüman” featuring the bands new frontman Todd La Torre to rave reviews and sales through the roof, the band also played a completely standing room only sold-out show at Lake Tahoe’s newest casino, The Hard Rock Hotel Casino Lake Tahoe which opened on January 28th of this year. The show was held at Vinyl, the casino’s very intimate venue that holds only around six hundred people. As you can imagine, the place was packed with Queensrÿche fans from all over Northern Nevada as well as Northern California.
Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington out of the local band The Mob. The band has released 14 studio albums, one EP and several DVDs, and continues to tour and record.
The original lineup consisted of vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarists Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield.
In 1997, guitarist and primary songwriter DeGarmo left the band for personal reasons. Over the years, his replacements have been Kelly Gray, Mike Stone and Parker Lundgren, respectively.
Following a highly publicized backstage altercation before a show in São Paulo, Brazil in April 2012, Tate was fired from the band and replaced with then-Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre.
This examiner has seen the band play with both vocalist, several times with Tate and twice with La Torre. There’s no doubt Tate has a great voice and if anyone could ever replace him, La Torre is by far the best choice. In my opinion, La Torre has brought new life to this band, I could see it the first time I saw him sing with the band, he killed it. You could also see it in the rest of the guys, it looked to me like they were having a great time rockin’ the stage once again.
Queensrÿche played a ninety minute set that went just like this, (from the set list on stage)
“Anarchy-X”, “The Needle Lies”, “Breaking The Silence”, “Walk In The Shadows”, “En Force”, “Warning”, “Silent Lucidity”, “X2” (instrumental), “Where Dreams Go To Die”, “Arrow Of Time”, “I Don’t Believe In Love”, “NM 156”, “The Lady Wore Black”, “My Empty Room”, “Eyes Of A Stranger”, “Empire”, “Queen Of The Reich”, “Jet City Woman” and “Take Hold Of The Flame”.
Queensrÿche showed up to rock Lake Tahoe and that’s exactly what they did. Everyone of the fans that came to this show got all they came for, the best show to date at Vinyl since the venue opened. Well worth the $35.00 ticket price for sure.
A great time was had by all.
Earlier in the day, Shanda Golden the host from “In The Vault With Shanda Golden” interviewed Queensrÿche lead guitarist Michael Wilton at the venue before the show, they talked about the new album, the tour and much more. To see the entire interview (click here)
Be sure to pick up the bands new album “Condition Hüman” on iTunes.
To see what’s coming up next at Vinyl Lake Tahoe (click here)
If you want to see all the photos of Queensrÿche at this show (click here)
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, “The Photos Are What It’s All About”, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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