La Torre: "We know what we want and we’re achieving it. Nothing is going to stand in our way; we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing regardless. Michael is the one that introduced me to the rest of the guys and I’m very fortunate and I don’t take it for granted; it’s an amazing opportunity. We just fuckin’ dominate every place and you saw a great time had by all; the fans us — we feed off of that. If we look bored, well then you’re going to feel that. How can we feed off of your energy if you’re not getting ours; it’s not good! So, every show people are like, ‘Wow that was amazing, finally I get to hear these old songs that I’ve been wanting to hear for so long’. And the songs are played in standard tuning and the smiles on everyone’s faces…."
Rockenfield: "We try not to smile too much — it’s not really rock."
La Torre: "That’s what this is really all about. We’re a band. We’re a group of people who want to play music and have a good time. We’re all into different things musically but there is a unification here that is very cohesive and we like the heavier stuff. But it doesn’t mean we are just some heavy metal band. I mean, there are very sweet and beautiful elements to the songwriting that’s been indicative of Queensrÿche; the slower ballads that are really beautiful and hopefully the new record will be received in the spirit that we’re right. We’re not going to say this is the greatest album ever; we’re not going to say that. We’re just going to say we’re very proud of what we’re writing now and hopefully the fans will see this change. This is a rebirth of a legendary band that deserves this chance again and that’s how I feel as a fan! I think I can speak from a different perspective than anybody here because this has been my favorite band since I was 14 years old. And I met them 20 years ago, when I was 18 years old. I drove to a record store and they signed my Warning cover album–I still have it. So I’m able to look at things from both sides, which I feel gives an objective point of view.”
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The band recently announced their Canadian debut with Todd La Torre (in place of original singer Geoff Tate) on March 7th at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON.
Catch Queensrÿche live at the following shows:
29 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
31 - Fremont Street Experience - Las Vegas, NV
12 - Kewadin Casino - Sault Ste. Marie, MI
19 - Speaking Rock Casino & Entertainment Center - El Paso, TX
27 - Auditorio BlackBerry - Mexico City, Mexico
7 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON
8 - Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, NJ
9 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA
10 - The Emporium - Patchogue, NY
12 - Wildhorse Saloon - Nashville, TN
14 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi - Biloxi, MS
15 - The Ritz Ybor - Tampa, FL
16 - 20 - Monsters Of Rock Cruise - Fort Lauderdale, FL
22 - House Of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
30 - Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, CT
11 - Sweden Rock Cruise - Stockholm, Sweden
13 - Club Teatria - Oulu, Finland
Check out fan-filmed footage from Queensrÿche's Corpus Christi show earlier this year below: