Hair Metal Mansion correspondent JOE SCHAEFFER checks in with the following:
Queensrÿche officially embarked on their headline fall tour in their hometown of Seattle, WA at the Showbox on November 15th. This leg contains 25 dates which will take them up to December 16th in West Wendover, NV. Hair Metal Mansion was on site to cover their November 17th show at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, CA.
Todd La Torre took the stage and dove right into “Guardian” from the latest CD. Todd isn't only an excellent singer; this guy is a real front man that can entertain the fans with excellent vocals but also a presence on stage that some other lead singers might miss. They followed that up with the title track from “Operation Mindcrime” and “Best I Can”.
As the show continues we can see that Parker Lundgren and Michael Wilton make a more than formidable guitar duo, trading licks back and forth on several tracks. Wilton has put himself more and more into the forefront. Founding members Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield provide a more than solid foundation for Queensrÿche songs. Jackson set with his bass a constant groove for this night by not really looking for the spotlight. He filled the venue with the rhythm that was in an almost clockwork precise synchronization with Rockenfield's powerful drumming.
This time the quintet, of course, played songs from the latest release "Condition Human", but also the most successfulQueensrÿche track, "Silent Lucidity". Even "Damaged" from "Promised Land" was performed as well as a great version of "Empire".
As the show came to a close they ripped into “Queen of the Reich”. It is still one of the great classic hard rock tracks of all time. It’s great to see it in the set. It was followed up by “Jet City Woman” and “Take Hold of the Flame” which brought the main set to a close.
Queensrÿche delivered its set Thursday night with high-caliber precision and obvious passion. It was great to see this band back in spirited form and once again enjoying what they do. If they hit your town you will not be disappointed.
November 17th, 2016
Best I Can
Arrow of Time
Queen of the Reich
Jet City Woman
Take Hold of the Flame
Screaming in Digital
Eyes of a Stranger
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