Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre Blasts Skillet’s John Cooper Over Anti-Mask Comments

During an episode of his “Cooper Stuff” podcast, Skillet’s John Cooper made some controversial claims regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including his belief that masks are “nothing more than theater.” The comments obviously didn’t sit well with a number of people, including Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre, who blasted Cooper and challenged him to “volunteer on the Covid floor of a hospital maskless.”

Cooper said the following [via Blabbermouth]

“I think that your conscience — your personal conscience before the Lord — has to come into play in a really big way in these issues. If you feel like that the best thing that you can do unto the Lord is to get a vaccine, I would say go for it. That’s between you and the Lord. That’s up to you. Go for it. Absolutely no judgment from me. If you want to get a vaccine and wear a mask, if that’s what you feel like you need to do, that’s up to you. If you wanna wear a mask, up to you. I feel this is an issue of, like, hey, everybody can make kind of their own decisions here, because it’s kind of a weird time we live in. What I don’t like is on these very complicated issues when the dogmatism comes in of, ‘If you are a believer, you will do this,’ when there’s so much to talk about.”

“The issue of the mask wearing, to me, is nothing more than theater. It is making me jump into an unreality, something that I do not believe, just to acquiesce to either the overlords — overlords meaning government, Big Tech, big business, big media, whatever — to acquiesce to what they want me to do. Even though I know that it’s not true, but I’m gonna play the game. And every time I put my mask on, I know that I’m doing something that I do not believe in. In other words, I’m being forced to lie… I’m being forced to jump into something I don’t believe, and I’m living by a lie — I’m living by a lie that this mask is actually gonna keep me safe from all harm. To acquiesce to the government, which says that I’m believing something that I know that I don’t believe. So now I’m basically living in a fantasy world. That frightens me. And every time I put that mask on, that’s basically what I think. I know I’m doing this, I know it’s show, I know it’s theater, I know my overlords don’t even believe in it, because if they did, they wouldn’t be breaking all of their own rules.”

La Torre then responded with the following:

“Cool, then go volunteer on the Covid floor of a hospital maskless and let us know how that works out. He believes in a mythical celestial dictator but doesn’t believe in science. Got it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Mike Stone To Continue Playing With Queensrÿche Through At Least The End Of 2021

Queensrÿche have confirmed that guitarist Mike Stone will continue performing with the band until at least the end of 2021. The group recently had the below exchange with a fan on Instagram:

[via Blabbermouth]

Queensrÿche Perform With Guitarist Mike Stone At M3 Rock Festival

During Queensrÿche’s July 3 set at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD, the band were rejoined by ex-guitarist Mike Stone. You can see footage of that below. This news comes after guitarist Parker Lundgren recently exited the group.

[via Blabbermouth]

Guitarist Parker Lundgren Exits Queensrÿche

Parker Lundgren has announced his departure from Queensrÿche. The guitarist is leaving the group to “pursue other business ventures.”

The band commented:

“Hello Queensryche Fans,

Parker Lundgren, guitarist for Queensryche, has recently decided to step down to pursue other business ventures, which he has become very invested in over the past couple of years. For over a decade it has been a great pleasure watching him evolve and flourish as a guitarist, song writer, and most importantly, a wonderful human being.

Parker will always be family to us and we wish him all the success in the world with his new endeavors.

Take hold, Brother!”

Lundgren added:

“For several years I have been deeply immersed in collecting and selling guitars, as well as rare and fascinating musical instruments. This passion led to the opening of my guitar store “Diablo Guitars” in 2019. Since then my business has grown and I recently acquired a storefront with a full service repair shop. In 2020 my wife and I opened “Lucky Devil Latte”, which has quickly expanded to multiple locations. With these new endeavors and ensuing responsibilities, my time to devote to Queensryche has become increasingly strained and I no longer am able to commit the time and focus it deserves.

For these reasons I have made the difficult decision to step down from my role as guitarist in Queensryche. I want to thank my friends, family, and fans for making the past 13 years an amazing journey. I wish nothing but the best for my fellow band members, crew and everyone who has supported us. I hope to have your continued support as I pursue new ventures.”

Queensrÿche Announce “Operation: Mindcrime” And “Empire” Reissues

Queensrÿche will be reissuing “Operation: Mindcrime” and “Empire” on June 25. Both records were remastered at Abbey Road Studios and they will be available in the following formats: CD, 180-gram vinyl 2LP, expanded 2CD editions, and multi-disc CD+DVD box sets.

“Operation: Mindcrime” 4CD/1DVD Deluxe Version:

CD 1:

01. “I Remember Now”
02. “Anarchy-X”
03. “Revolution Calling”
04. “Operation: Mindcrime”
05. “Speak”
06. “Spreading The Disease”
07. “The Mission”
08. “Suite Sister Mary”
09. “The Needle Lies”
10. “Electric Requiem”
11. “Breaking The Silence”
12. “I Don’t Believe In Love”
13. “Waiting For 22”
14. “My Empty Room”
15. “Eyes Of A Stranger”

CD 2:

01. “I Don’t Believe In Love” – Extended Version
02. “The Mission” – Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1990
03. “My Empty Room” – Live At The Astoria Theatre, London, 1994
04. “Interview With Queensrÿche”
05. “Overseeing The Operation”
06. “The Lady Wore Black” – Live From Wisconsin, 1991
07. “Roads To Madness” – Live From Wisconsin, 1991

CD 3 – “Operation: Mindcrime” Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, 1990:

01. “I Remember Now”
02. “Anarchy-X”
03. “Revolution Calling”
04. “Operation: Mindcrime”
05. “Speak”
06. “Spreading The Disease”
07. “The Mission”
08. “Suite Sister Mary”
09. “The Needle Lies”
10. “Electric Requiem”
11. “Breaking The Silence”
12. “I Don’t Believe In Love”
13. “Waiting For 22”
14. “My Empty Room”
15. “Eyes Of A Stranger”

CD 4 – “Operation: Mindcrime” Live From Wisconsin, 1991

01. “I Remember Now”
02. “Anarchy-X”
03. “Revolution Calling”
04. “Operation: Mindcrime”
05. “Speak”
06. “Spreading The Disease”
07. “The Mission”
08. “Suite Sister Mary”
09. “The Needle Lies”
10. “Electric Requiem”
11. “Breaking The Silence”
12. “I Don’t Believe In Love”
13. “Waiting For 22”
14. “My Empty Room”
15. “Eyes Of A Stranger”

DVD – “Operation: Mindcrime” Live / Promo Videos

01. “I Remember Now” [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
02. “Anarchy-X” [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
03. “Revolution Calling” [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
04. “Operation: Mindcrime” [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
05. “Speak” [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
06. “Spreading The Disease” [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
07. “The Mission” [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
08. “Suite Sister Mary” [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
09. “The Needle Lies” [Concert Film] – Live On Location in Wisconsin, 1991
10. “Electric Requiem” [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
11. “Breaking The Silence” [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
12. “I Don’t Believe In Love” [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
13. “Waiting For 22” [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
14. “My Empty Room” [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
15. “Eyes Of A Stranger” [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
16. “Operation Livecrime End Credits” [Concert Film]
17. “I Remember Now” [Concert Film]
18. “Anarchy-X” [Concert Film]
19. “Revolution Calling” [Music Video]
20. “Operation: Mindcrime” [Music Video]
21. “Speak” [Music Video]
22. “Breaking The Silence” [Music Video]
23. “I Don’t Believe In Love” [Music Video]
24. “Waiting For 22” [Concert Film]
25. “Eyes Of A Stranger” [Concert Film]
26. “Operation: Mindcrime End Credits” [Concert Film]
27. “I Don’t Believe In Love” [Concert Film] 2019 Remaster
28. “The Making of Operation: Mindcrime” [Behind the Scenes] – Bonus Track
29. “I Don’t Believe In Love”
30. “Eyes Of A Stranger”
31. “Revolution Calling”
32. “Operation: Mindcrime” [Trailers/Teasers] – Bonus Track
33. “Revolution Calling”
34. “Eyes Of A Stranger”
35. “I Don’t Believe In Love”
36. “Menu / Queensrÿche / Operation: Mindcrime” [Concert Film]

“Empire” 3CD/1DVD Deluxe Version:

CD 1:

01. “Best I Can”
02. “The Thin Line”
03. “Jet City Woman”
04. “Della Brown”
05. “Another Rainy Night (Without You)”
06. “Empire”
07. “Resistance”
08. “Silent Lucidity”
09. “Hand On Heart”
10. “One And Only”
11. “Anybody Listening?”

CD 2:

01. “Last Time In Paris” – Bonus Track
02. “Scarborough Fair” – Bonus Track
03. “Dirty Lil Secret” – Bonus Track
04. “Silent Lucidity” – Edit
05. “Empire” – Edit
06. “I Dream In Infrared” – Acoustic Version
07. “Prophecy” – Live In Tokyo
08. “Best I Can” – Radio Edit
09. “Anybody Listening?” – Radio Edit

CD 3 – “Empire” Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, England 1990:

01. “Resistance”
02. “Walk In The Shadows”
03. “Best I Can”
04. “Empire”
05. “The Thin Line”
06. “Jet City Woman”
07. “Roads To Madness”
08. “Silent Lucidity”
09. “Hand On Heart”
10. “Take Hold Of The Flame”

DVD:

01. “Building Empires Opening” [Concert Film]
02. “Nightrider” [Music Video]
03. “Prophecy” [Concert Film] – Live In Tokyo, 1983
04. “Gonna Get Close To You” [Concert Film]
05. “Eyes of A Stranger” [Music Video] – Alternate Version
06. “Empire” [Concert Film]
07. “Best I Can” [Music Video]
08. “Silent Lucidity” [Music Video]
09. “Jet City Woman” [Music Video]
10. “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” [Concert Film]
11. “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” [Music Video] – Alternate Version
12. “Anybody Listening?” [Concert Film]
13. “Resistance” [Concert Film] – Live
14. “Walk In The Shadows” [Music Video] – Live
15. “The Thin Line” [Music Video] – Live
16. “Take Hold Of The Flame” [Music Video] – Live
17. “The Lady Wore Black” [Music Video] – Live
18. “Silent Lucidity” [Music Video] – Live
19. “Building Empires End Credits” [Concert Film]
20. “Menu / Queensrÿche / Building Empires” [Concert Film]

Scorpions Postpone Las Vegas Residency To 2022

Scorpions have postponed their Las Vegas residency with Queensrÿche once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shows will now take place at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in 2022. Here’s the dates:

March 26 and 30

April 1, 3, 7, 9, 12, 14, and 16

Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre On Scott Rockenfield: “He Asked For Paternity Leave And Just Hasn’t Come Back”

During an appearance on “The Eddie Trunk Podcast,” Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre once again addressed the absence of drummer Scott Rockenfield. The singer said that Rockenfield went on paternity leave four years ago and never ended up coming back.

La Torre said the following when asked if anyone in the band have had communication with Rockenfield:

“Not to my knowledge. All I can tell you is he took paternity leave, saying he would be gone for about six months, and that was four years ago. [Laughs] Casey shows up every day. He shows up to songwrite, he shows up to record, if needed, and he shows up for the live gigs. So that’s all that I can tell you.

I haven’t communicated with [Scott] in years. So I have no idea what he’s up to. I couldn’t even tell you.”

He continued after it was mentioned that the drummer previously expressed interest in sharing his story:

“I don’t know what story there is to tell. People ask, but, honestly, it is literally like déjà vu. Go play the answer I gave you four years ago, because, literally, nothing has changed.

As far as I understand, there really isn’t communication [between Scott and the QUEENSRŸCHE camp]. And I couldn’t tell you anything more than that. Some people think, ‘They’re not telling us more.’ I don’t have anything to say, ’cause I don’t talk to him; he doesn’t talk to me. Casey’s been playing with us for four years — going on four years — and he shows up. The guy is doing an awesome job.

I guess I’d revert back to you. If you left your radio show saying that you needed six months paternity leave but you never communicated when you were coming back for four years, would the radio station stop running because you quit showing up to work? And keep in mind, you weren’t fired, and you didn’t give official written notice that you’re never gonna come back; you just don’t come back or communicate. Does your key still work? Is your name on the door? Or are they gonna find adequate talent replacement to keep things going?

So I don’t have anything bad to say,” La Torre clarified. “I don’t really have anything to say, other than he asked for paternity leave and just hasn’t come back.”

This news comes after Rockenfield issued a statement last month claiming that he “most definitely ‘did not’ and ‘have not’ quit, walked away, retired or abandoned Queensrÿche.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Todd La Torre Says Queensrÿche Have “Recorded 14 [Or] 15 New Song Ideas” For Their Next Album

During a recent interview with “The Metal Voice,” Todd La Torre offered an update on the writing process for the new Queensrÿche album. He said the following:

“Michael [Wilton, guitar] flew down [to my house in Florida] recently — a week or two ago — and Zeuss [producer Chris Harris] came down [as well]. And then Casey [Grillo, drums] lives here, so he was coming over every day. We recorded 14, 15 new song ideas. And then Michael’s coming back down again in, like, a month or so. So we’re writing new QUEENSRŸCHE stuff. And Zeuss is recording it in real time, as we are in a room coming up with fresh ideas on the fly. Eddie [Jackson, bass] and Parker [Lundgren, guitar], they may come down. It depends. Parker’s slammed with his guitar shop — he has a shop called Diablo Guitars, and he’s just exploding; things are going great for him. And Eddie’s songwriting at home, and he doesn’t feel safe traveling right now. So that’s why he didn’t come down. And I said, ‘Dude, I totally respect it and I get it.’ Absolutely.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Scott Rockenfield: “I Most Definitely Did Not And Have Not Quit, Walked Away, Retired Or Abandoned Queensrÿche”

Queensrÿche drummer Scott Rockenfield, who hasn’t performed with the band in four years, has shared a new statement regarding his status in the group. He said the following:

“Wanna hear a fun story? goes like this : ‘Contrary to any statements or interviews coming from other parties, I most definitely ‘did not’ and ‘have not’ quit, walked away, retired or abandoned Queensrÿche??!! ….unfortunately, you have not been given the facts by any means…’ a total cliffhanger right? … more soon”.