Boise has not had much luck with Pat Benatar in recent years, and now she has had to cancel her show at the Western Idaho Fair due to her hubby Neil Giraldo’s recent eye-related medical issues. Fortuitously for hard rock fans, veteran Seattle-based progressive metal quintet, Queensrÿche will take her place on Friday, August 28. The performance is included in the $9 fair admission, with the band hitting the stage at 7:30.
This will mark the debut appearance of Queensrÿche in Boise since new vocalist Todd La Torre took over in 2012. If you have not been paying attention, the band has recorded its best album since their seminal works Operation Mindcrime and Empire with La Torre behind the mic. On October 2, the band will release its next chapter Condition Human, which should cement for anyone on the fence about the revamped Queensrÿche line-up that they have returned to their classic and dominating form.
Queensrÿche fans have had a tough road since the turn of the century, with a frontman who was no longer interested in making the music the band is known for calling the creative shots. But in 2012, guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson, and drummer Scott Rockenfield, who have been there since the band’s debut EP in 1983, ousted their former frontman, and tabbed Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre. The band also hung onto talented young guitarist Parker Lundgren. For those who doubt that anyone can equal the power and majesty of Queensrÿche’s former singer, I will say only, come out to the fair and hear it to believe it: La Torre will make you a believer.
Besides a genuinely fantastic new singer, the band has also created new music which recalls the best of its early works while keeping a finger on the pulse of today. The self-titled 2013 release landed on many year–end Best of lists, often in the top 10. Queensrÿche is no shadow of its former self.
Come join the band next Friday night at the fair and hear classics like “Queen of the Reich”, “Take Hold of the Flame”, “Walk in the Shadows” and many more as well as some seldom played deep cuts and a bit of the band’s brilliant new material. You will not leave disappointed, unless you eat one too many funnel cakes and turkey legs, but hey, that’s on you!
This will be Queensrÿche’s final weekend of headline performances before heading out as the special guest for the Scorpions North American Tour.
You can check out our recent interview with Todd La Torre in the video above.