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queensryche.jpgA band that just doesn't get enough attention around here is Queensryche.

While watching Metal Mania (VH1 Classic over the weekend) I caught the video for "Jet City Woman." This is, by far, my favorite Queensryche song.

While I wouldn't say the progressive band is 100% glam, some of their 80s hits teetered on the spandex wave of success. Queensryche was formed in Washington State  in 1981. The band started as The Mob, but changed to Queensryche early on and eventually landed a deal with EMI. The band first released the self-titled Queensrÿche in 1983, but didn't hit it big until Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. This was followed by Empire, which features the hit "Silent Ludicity." After this success,  the band went through some line-up changes and released several more albums.

The current Queensryche line-up features singer Geoff Tate, guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone, bassist Eddie Stone and drummer Scott Rockenfield.

 Here's the video for "Jet City Woman" from the hit Empire. The track is our official song obsession of the week.


Reader Comments (8)

Great band! I have seen them live a few times. Its a shame that Tate has lost some of his range with his voice.
May 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHard Rock Hideout
I love Queensryche! They kick ass! I like the song, "Jety City Woman"! A few other of my favorites are: "Walk In The Shadows", "I Don't Believe In Love", and "Revolution Calling"!
May 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
I've seen the 'ryche about 3 times. The CDs were preferred listening on our trip to Charlotte this past weekend. The husband creature and I used to have 'Queensryche VS Winger' arguments until we converted each other.

May 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChessie >^..^<
I like their earlier stuff the best, but have to be in a certain mood to listen to them.
May 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
another great band. but there is no question they fall in the glam catagory. simply for Geoff's ridiculous outfits! spandex and knee pads!! what?
May 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterjasonfromIKILLYA
Awesome band, especially Operation Mindcrime and Empire. I missed them on tour last year, I was in the US when they were in Australia. I missed Suicidal Tendencies the same way a few months back ( and Weird Al, as it happens... )
May 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
I've seen the 'Ryche six times and they do not disappoint. It's true about Tate's voice, he has lost some range in the higher registers but that could be all about getting older. Maybe the smokes too. They always put out solid records, I've enjoyed their post-EMPIRE albums except for TRIBE.
May 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRhodeislandrock
Seen 'em live twice. Early on supportin' Dio in Cornwall an' the other at Hammy Odeon (I think) on the Mindcrime tour. Got a good few of their albums. Love the Mindcrime/Empire period an' like their newer songs too. Superb band.

Funny but I find myself sayin' much the same of the Scorpions. I really like some of their newer tracks too.
April 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSTEViE

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