Prior to this last weekend I think the last Queensryche shows I saw live were on the ‘Operation Mindcrime” and the “Empire” tours, which of course being arena tours were phenomenal. This past weekend although in a smaller venue, with a slightly different member lineup I had the chance to see them again. This show was by far one of the best performances I’ve seen so far this year.
For those of you who missed out this weekend, here is a small video done on my iPhone since there is no way I could have brought a HD Pro video camera to the show (although I’d love to sometime).
Although the lineup has changed slightly, the sound, power, raw energy, and stage presence has not. Even though compared to some other places Queensryche has performed as of late, the venue was smaller which makes for a great intimate setting, (if you haven’t seen a show at Cactus Petes Gala Showroom you’re missing out), in which you can actually ‘see’ the band, and they took advantage of this setting. Todd La Torre even ‘borrowed’ cell phones from the people up front and filmed from the stage for them here and there. All in all the band as a whole gave the audience not just a show, but a personal experience.
Despite all the naysayers out there, Queensryche is still Queensryche. Musically and vocally the performance was flawless. The stage presence was incredible, and the interactions with the audience just added the extra edge you don’t usually get in an arena show. Everyone I talked to after the show wanted to know when they would be back. If you haven’t taken the time to go check them out recently, make sure you do, you won’t be disappointed.
Keep your eyes open as Queensryche is working on a new album, and if the performance this past weekend is a glimpse into the future of Queensryche, I don’t think it will be too long before they are touring arenas again.
Todd La Torre – Vocals
Michael Wilton – Guitars
Parker Lundgren – Guitars
Eddie Jackson – Bass
Scott Rockenfield – Drums