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.
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…)
I know you’re from Florida, especially in the Tampa area- that’s all death metal. Growing up were you a big death metal guy?
I wasn’t a huge death metal fan, but I can remember as a teen walking through a local mall and seeing the guys of Deicide. They were young! They weren’t even huge at that point. And they would walk around the mall and you know, all those bands- Death was from my area, I think Cannibal Corpse might have been from Tampa. But yeah, that whole death metal scene. I think Tampa is credited as its birthplace. So yeah, those were my influences. And then you know: Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche , Overkill, Testament, Slayer, Stryper- just a big mix of stuff like that.
Now being a drummer, primarily, when did you realize you had this amazing voice?
Oh gosh, I don’t know.
What, did it just come out one day when you were singing?!
I mean, I always loved to sing but I never sang in bands. I was always the drummer in bands. I didn’t think I was good enough.
On this episode of DTB’s “Gear Masters”, Michael Wilton, guitarist for the heavy metal band, Queensryche, shows off the gear that he used onstage, while on tour with Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal. (more…)
With over 100 episodes of ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ it’s hard to imagine there’s many artists left to scratch off our lists, but believe us, we’re nowhere near finished! When Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton and bassist Eddie Jackson swung by our studio, we had the chance to clear up some history regarding one of prog’s greatest acts. (more…)
Unlike the classic story of the Phoenix in Greek mythology, there doesn’t always have to be a death, or an ending, in order for a rebirth to take place. Sometimes it’s a sort of reconstruction or modernization that unfolds—an evolution if you will—that allows for renewal to happen, and such is the case with progressive metallers, Queensrÿche, who are still—more than three decades after their formation—operating at peak performance. (more…)
Exclusive backstage interview by Paul Jerome of The Thursday Rockshow on Forest FM with guitarist and songwriter Michael’Whip’ Wilton, founding member of QUEENSRYCHE at their August 2016 show in Wolverhampton UK. Includes chat about the early days, classic albums, recent upheavals, and re-emergence of a revitalised band with new singer Todd La Torre. Plus loads of classic tracks, Michael’s choices, plus extensive playing of current album ‘Condition Human’. (more…)
Eddie Jackson and Parker Lundgren sat down with Straus Project at Concord Music Hall for their final interview of 2016. (more…)
Having just completed their year-long Condition Human world tour, heavy metal icons QUEENSRYCHE are proud to release a new music video for their song “Bulletproof”. Speaking about the story behind the track as well as the new video, vocalist Todd La Torre comments: (more…)
Michael Wilton talks with The Metal Authority about Loud Park in Japan, new album, band members and more. The interview was filmed at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, FL before the show on November 30th.