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Queensrÿche is an American progressive metal band formed near Seattle, Washington in 1981. Chris DeGarmo (guitar) and Michael Wilton (guitar) had played in cover bands, and then recruited Geoff Tate (vocals), Eddie Jackson (bass guitar) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). This line-up began rehearsing and making a demo tape. Its a band picture of Queensrÿche standing over a mountain edge. ... Its a band picture of Queensrÿche standing over a mountain edge. ... The cover of Dream Theaters Metropolis, Pt. ... Seattle skyline City nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington State County King Mayor Greg Nickels Area  - Land  - Water 369. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ... Geoff Tate was born on January 14, 1959, in West Germany. ... Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, often constrasted with speech. ... Fender Precision Bass Bass Guitar refers to electric and acoustic basses - stringed instruments similar in design to the guitar, but with longer scale and tuned lower in pitch. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...


The demo tape was widely circulated, and Queensrÿche soon released Queen of the Reich (1983) on their own 206 Records label. The band then signed to EMI and re-released Queen of the Reich as Queensrÿche to moderate success, peaking at #81. This was followed by two more moderately successful albums, The Warning (1984) and Rage for Order (1986). 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Hammersmith, London, in the United Kingdom and with operations in over 25 other countries. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1988, Queensrÿche released Operation: Mindcrime, a massive critical and commercial success. It was a concept album built around the story of a junkie who is drugged into performing assassinations for an underground movement; the junkie is torn over his misplaced loyalty to the cause and his love of a reformed hooker-turned-nun who gets in the way. "Mindcrime" has often been compared to other notable concept albums like Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and The Who's "Tommy". 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Operation: Mindcrime is Queensrÿches third full-length album, which was released on May 3, 1988. ...


Empire (1990) was just as popular, and also charted in the United Kingdom. By the time the group released Promised Land (1994), Queensrÿche was no longer hip as grunge music and alternative rock dominated the national consciousness. In spite of this, Promised Land managed to become a commercial success due to the band's sizable cult audience. Their follow-up, Hear in the Now Frontier (1997), received mixed reviews. DeGarmo soon quit, replaced by Kelly Gray for Q2K (1999). In 2002 Queensrÿche signed with Sanctuary Records for its future album releases after the conclusion of the EMI contract. Since then, the group has toured on Iron Maiden's reunion trip and released a greatest-hits album. In 2003 Queensrÿche released a new album, Tribe. Chris DeGarmo, who has since pursued a career as a professional pilot, contributed music and guitar performances on four songs as a special guest. Kelly Gray was replaced by Mike Stone as second guitarist to Michael Wilton's lead. The band is currently working on a sequel to Operation: Mindcrime, tentatively titled Operation: Mindcrime II due to come out in early 2006. It is said to answer some of the questions posed by the first album. Released in August 1990, Empire is the fourth full-length album by Queensrÿche. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... According to the Bible, the Land of Israel (Hebrew: Eretz Yisrael) was promised to the descendants of Hebrew patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by God, making it the Promised Land. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that was inspired by hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music1 were coined in the early 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired music genres which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... Hear in the Now Frontier is a Queensrÿche album released in 1997. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Sanctuary Records is an independent record company formed by Rod Smallwood, the manager for Iron Maiden. ... Iron Maiden promo image for The Wicker Man single. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Operation: Mindcrime is Queensrÿches third full-length album, which was released on May 3, 1988. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Lead singer Geoff Tate launched a side project in 2002. One self-titled album has been released thus far to minimal acclaim. 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Queensrÿche were the first band to apply the heavy metal umlaut to the letter Y. As Tate put it: "We spent eleven years trying to explain how to pronounce it." [1] (http://www.spiraling.com/words/umlaut.html) The graphic designer added the umlaut to the cover of Motörheads first album for æsthetic reasons. ...


Discography

1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Operation: Mindcrime is Queensrÿches third full-length album, which was released on May 3, 1988. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Released in August 1990, Empire is the fourth full-length album by Queensrÿche. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Hear in the Now Frontier is a Queensrÿche album released in 1997. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...

External links

  • Official Queensrÿche Website (http://www.queensryche.com)
  • Official Geoff Tate Website (http://www.geofftate.com)
  • The History of Queensrÿche (http://www.queensrychehistory.com)

 
 

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