Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche) Premieres “Vexed” Video

Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche) has premiered an age-restricted video for his song “Vexed.” This track is from his solo album “Rejoice In The Suffering.” La Torre commented:

“’Vexed’ highlights the unfortunate reality that many nations and its people are facing. Past and present parallels of civil rights movements, social injustices, and the uprisings surrounding geopolitical landscapes are woven throughout the exposé, displaying overt footage from various countries with no exclusivity. Despite its thought provoking and unfiltered content, Thomas Crane of killDevil Films really drove home the vision that Craig and I wanted to convey. This video is really an artistic collage of performance, the ominous side of humanity, and unwavering altruistic heroism. The overall point and message is that we must learn and understand the profound significance of the past and present if we are to have salutary progress for the future.”

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]

Geoff Tate (Ex-Queensrÿche) Announces Rescheduled European/UK Tour

Geoff Tate (ex-Queensrÿche) has announced the rescheduled dates for his European/UK tour. The trek, which is now scheduled for 2022, will find the frontman performing Queensrÿche’s “Empire” and “Rage For Order” in full.

Tour Dates:

03/09 Rome, Italy – Traffic Live Club
03/11 Milan- Italy – Legend Club
03/12 Luzern, Switzerland – Konzerthaus Schuur
03/13 Wörgl, Austria – Komma
03/14 Nurnberg, Germany – Hirsch
03/16 Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
03/17 Siegburg, Germany – Kubana Live Club
03/18 Mannheim, Germany – 7er Club
03/19 Mannheim, Germany – 7er Club
03/21 Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann Halle
03/22 Zoetermeer, Netherlands – De Boerderij
03/23 Bilzen, Belgium – South of Heaven
03/24 Hamburg, Germany – Kulturpalast
03/26 Grenoble, France – L’Ilyade
03/27 Colmar, France – Le Grillen
03/30 Murcia, Spain – Garaje Beat Club
03/31 Madrid, Spain – Sala Cool
04/01 Gijon, Spain – Acapulco
04/02 Villava, Spain – Sala Totem Aretoa
04/03 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
04/06 Bratislava, Slovakia – Randall Club
04/07 Prague, Czech Republic – Divadlo Hybernia
05/04 Newcastle, UK – Trillians
05/05 Stoke, UK – Eleven
05/06 Grimsby, UK – Yardbirds
05/07 Bournemouth, UK – Madding Crowd
05/08 Swansea, UK – Patti Pavillion
05/09 Nuneaton, UK – Queens Hall
05/11 London, UK – Underworld
05/12 Bilston, UK – Robin
05/13 Blackpool, UK – Waterloo
05/15 Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
05/17 Inverness, UK – Mad Hatters
05/21 Edinburgh, UK – Bannermans

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]

Corey Taylor, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, Pop Evil, Etc. Added To 2021 Rock Fest

Corey Taylor, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, Pop Evil, Tommy Vext (ex-Bad Wolves), and Bad Omens have all been added to the 2021 Rock Fest. The new additions were made after Snoop Dogg, Theory Of A Deadman, Bad Wolves, Avatar, Through Fire, and Mad Alice dropped off the event. Rock Fest is set to take place on July 15-17 in Cadott, WI and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

July 14 (pre-show): Queensrÿche, Slaughter, Royal Bliss, Joyous Wolf, Stitched Up Heart, The Black Moods, Modern Mimes, and Unkle Daddy.

July 15: Rob Zombie, Staind, Anthrax, Steel Panther, Saint Asonia, Memphis May Fire, Fozzy, Blacktop Mojo, Carnifex, Fire From The Gods, Falling Through April, Scattered Hamlet, Anything But Human, Digital Homicide, Any Given Sin, GFM, Jett Threatt, Nivrana, Drama Queen, Contingency, and Ignescent.

July 16: Limp Bizkit, Corey Taylor, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals (A Vulgar Display Of Pantera set), Badflower, Of Mice & Men, All That Remains, Tommy Vext, Like A Storm, Crobot, Bones UK, Silvertung, Wildstreet, Distal Descent, City Of The Weak, Throw The Fight, Siin, Hammer Down Hard, Fool Fighters, Dressed To Kill, Strange Daze, and Caster Volor.

July 17: Korn, Danzig, Chevelle, Motionless In White, Pop Evil, We Came As Romans, Gemini Syndrome, Bad Omens, Hyro The Hero, Rachel Lorin, Störmbreaker, Nuisance, Stellar Circuits, Your Screaming Silence, Evandale, Strate Jak It, Gypsy Road, Cowboys From Hell, Probable Cause, and FMDown.

Alice Cooper, Queensrÿche, Tom Keifer, Skid Row, Etc. Set For 2022 Monsters Of Rock Cruise

The lineup has been revealed for the 2022 Monsters Of Rock cruise. The cruise, which will take place on February 9-14, will set sail from Miami, Florida and it will make stops in CocoCay, Bahamas and Labadee, Haiti. Here’s the confirmed artists: Alice Cooper, Queensrÿche, Tom Keifer, Skid Row, Lit, L.A. Guns, Kix, Winger, Michael Monroe, Great White, H.E.A.T, Loudness, Pat Travers, Y&T, Eclipse, Vixen, Rose Tattoo, Black ‘N Blue, Firewind, Chris Holmes, Joel Hoekstra, Lillian Axe, Faster Pussycat, Pink Cream 69, Dangerous Toys, Killer Dwarfs, XYZ, Beasto Blanco, Electric Boys, Crazy Lixx, Little Caesar, Roxanne, Signal 13, and John Corabi.