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
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.”
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.”
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”.
Scorpions have announced the rescheduled dates for their Las Vegas residency with Queensrÿche. The shows will take place at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in May 2021.
Dates: May 8, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 26, 28, and 30
Scorpions have announced a Las Vegas residency with Queensrÿche. The shows will take place at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Dates: July 4, 8, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, and 25
Queensrÿche have premiered a lyric video for their song “Inner Unrest.” This track is from the band’s latest album “The Verdict.” Todd La Torre commented:
“‘Inner Unrest’ is an abstract characterization loosely based on the struggles dealing with PTSD. The internal and external battles one must fight daily.”
During a recent interview with The Rock Vault, Geoff Tate was asked if there are any plans for him to reunite with Queensrÿche. He responded with the following:
“Uhhhhmmm… Well, not that I can say at this moment. I think that would be something that makes sense, and I think it would be an interesting thing to do, if everybody could get in the same room and actually talk to each other.”
Queensrÿche have announced a headlining U.S. tour. John 5 and Eve To Adam will serve as support.
01/17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
01/18 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
01/19 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
01/23 Houston, TX – House of Blues
01/24 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
01/25 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
01/28 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
01/29 San Diego, CA – Music Box
01/30 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
01/31 San Francisco, CA – Slims
02/04 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
02/05 Seattle, WA – Neptune
02/07 Denver, CO – Ogden
02/08 Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads
02/09 St. Louis, MO – Delmar (no John 5)
02/12 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe
02/13 Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall (no John 5)
02/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
02/15 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
02/16 Boston, MA – Big Night
02/19 Glensdale, PA Keswick Theatre
02/20 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage (no John 5)
02/21 North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
02/22 Charlotte, NC – The Underground (no John 5)
02/26 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater (no John 5)
02/27 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Queensrÿche have shared some behind the scenes studio footage from the making of their latest album “The Verdict.” You can check that out below: