Harrah’s doubles down on hard rock with Queensryche/Skid Row show

It’s not easy to have success as a band when you are forced to replace your lead singer. Getting the fans to come around to accept someone new as the face of the group — particularly when the former lead singer was so popular — can be nearly impossible. Don’t believe us? Just ask Gary Cherone about how his time in Van Halen went. (more…)

TODD LA TORRE AND ANNE CHAT ABOUT NEW QUEENSRŸCHE MUSIC AND MORE

Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre misses the road when the band is off tour. After all, the gents of Queensrÿche are road warriors and spend weeks at a time touring the world with their progressive metal.

“We play quite a bit!” La Torre said. “There are times when you’re home for a while and you miss the band and your band family and playing music together on stage. I feel very thankful and fortune to be a part of this band.”

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Michael Wilton of Queensryche talks to Rock Scene about his very young years in San Francisco, moving to Seattle Washington and playing bass in garage bands while growing up. Eventually switching instruments with a guitar player, Michael began learning all that he could about the guitar. After high school, he attended the Cornish Institute of Allied Arts for a year and a half until running out of money, forcing him to take a job. In doing so, he met Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Chris DeGarmo. They started jamming and eventually put together a 4 song E.P. The only thing missing was a singer. Chris DeGarmo recruited Geoff Tate to lay his vocals down, and Queensryche was born.

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It’s Episode 13 of the Loudwire Podcast and our guests this time were Queensrÿche bassist Eddie Jackson and guitarist Michael Wilton! Masters of prog metal and truly down to earth guys, we got into a number of topics including their fresh reaction on the Grammy nominations, some history with the band as well as what’s on the horizon and our pick for the Best Metal Replacement Singer in our ‘Rocker vs. Writer’ debate. (more…)