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Queensryche At Rocklahoma Shows Band Tensions

By now, you've probably seen the news reports online about Queensryche front man Geoff Tate telling the Rocklahoma crowd that they "suck."

I watched the Queensryche set live, as it happened, on HDNet. I wasn't watching for the music. Instead, I was watching for band interaction. Geoff's comments to the crowd were uncool... but even more uncool was just the dead emotion between band members. There just wasn't any excitement from the stage for the Rocklahoma crowd at all. Geoff is working on a solo album... and the rest of Queensryche recruited singer Todd La Torre to become Rising West. Does this all mean Queensryche is over? I doubt it. The band still has dates booked during the summer... and I don't think they will ever really break up. Still, the tensions are obviously clear and the band members definitely need a break from the Queensryche machine. And who wouldn't need a vacation? We all deserve a break from our day jobs, right? So I say, let Geoff do his solo thing! And good luck to the others in Rising West. I'd be interested in seeing them live.

Here's the full Rocklahoma performance.

Reader Comments (14)

3:45 mark of the 2nd video for those interested.

"My God! This is Rocklahoma, huh?!" he can be heard saying. "I think we played here two years ago. I think it, maybe, was a different crowd. You guys suck. I'm serious. C'mon! I know it's Sunday. You've gotta go to work tomorrow. You're gonna let that stop ya? My God! You only live once, man. This is all there is. There ain't nothing else. This is your chance. This is it. This is all there is. It doesn't get any better than this. That's right. Anyway, nice to be here on a Sunday. [chuckles]"

I don't know closing Sunday bands after a weekend of debauchery is always a tough sell unless you are a big name. I like Queensyrche, but they aren't quite the top billing of festival's last night.
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGNR
Good closing though for those that like the Empire and Operation MindCrime albums
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGNR
Doesn't seem to me like he was really doggin' anyone, he was just trying to get some type of reaction going. Maybe not the best way to do it, though.
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteroper8n
I was pretty close to the front row at Queensryche Rocklahoma show and there was just no reason to get excited. I actually enjoyed the Queensryche set at M3... Rocklahoma, on the other hand, sucked. What a difference 2 weeks made. I'm actually in the video footage just as Tate is telling the crowd how much they suck. I'm behind the one dude that actually seemed to be enjoying himself.
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRock-It
He should have gotten out his vanity case, looked in it's little tiny mirror and repeated the sentiment to himself and the band behind him because "'You guys suck!', Jeff!"

p.s. Except for one song -- "Queen Of The Reich"! What the hell happened to 'em after that? Oh, I remember -- They decided to take themselves too seriously! Look, this guy's always had a problem with worryin' about his profile a little too much. Now he's losing it...well, um...because he's losing it! Sayonara, A*shole! Say "Hi" to Neil Peart, another no talent, on the way down!
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Rock-It! I was on the VIP deck at M3 with a bunch of people who sat out Queensryche, which I occassionally glanced over at out of the corner of my eye to the TVs showing the closed circuit live feed from HDNet.

In between workin' over the semi-retired strippers and bantering with some of the crazy alcohol fueled Rock'n'Rollers packed up on the deck awaiting to trounce the VIP entrance for RATT, the only real reason for coming to M3 2012 (plus Lynch Mob, Kix, Stryper, Loudness, XYZ and L.A. Guns), I would catch glimpses of Tate's Q-Ball head (which is kinda cool, actually) floating about the stage. Listening to his plaintiff wails, I realized they sounded more like pleading with the audience, rather than singing. Cheerio, Jeffy-Weffy. Bon Voyagee!
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
did metalboy say neil peart had no talent?? hope thats a joke
June 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergnfr
OMG Metalboy...You and I actually agree for once? :) I thought Queen of the Reich was a good song. boy was I surprised when their next release came out and they were all ponderous and overly serious. I think calling peart a no talent might be a bit harsh, but I do agree that he is one of the most over rated drummers out there. Put him behind a five-piece kit without the endless extra bells and whistles, and he is still an above average technical drummer, but hardly the be-all and end-all of drummers that the sheeple make him out to be. Now, before this goes any further, I am simply stating my opinion of peart. I have no interest in debating people about this. if you think Peart is a drum god, that's perfectly fine. You do, I don't, and let's leave it that way.
June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob
I saw Queensryche about 4yrs ago I think in Orlando, was at HOB which I usually consider a good venue,...However Queensryche was nothin but a sleeper, total crap...I would never spend a nickel on that band again!
June 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertoddwiggy
What gnfr said. Dude, Neil Peart has more talent in his left fucking foot than 95% of the drummers in rock have in their entire bodies combined , trust me.....
June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Again, Technically, Peart is a very solid drummer. Talent wise, he's very mediocre and one thing for sure, he's a lousy songwriter. They were better off without him and Lifeson would have been even better off without him and the chipmunk.

Lifeson should have gone out on his own and formed a new band, LIFESON, in chrome lettering. Now THAT GUY has TALENT!
June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Queensryche is not and never has been a festival band. They don't fit in, and they don't get what it is. They are not glam, so they don't fit at M3. Fans of Warrant and LA Guns are not Queensryche fans. They don't fit at Rocklahoma in between Black Stone Cherry, Jackyl, Hellyeah, Lynam and Chickenfoot. All those bands are party bands who have a good time on stage. So the blame goes to the promoters for booking a "name" band that does not fit the vibe.

However, if you are booked at a festival, you could play a set that reflects the fact that almost nobody bought a ticket to see your band play. You can play whatever "hits" you have, you did an entire cover album - you can play something off that, and work in the deep cuts that the diehards love. You don't play 8 songs, 7 of which nobody could possibly have ever heard of, tell the crowd they suck, implore them to get up and move around - and then play Silent Lucidity.

This is all sad to me, they were once my absolute favorite band, for many many years.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Dad / nirVrana
Johnny Vrana! Back again just to say welcome back again. Good to see you back, Bro. Just checked out your RATT shots from that link, man. Also, nice writing about M3. RATT was indeed the Cherry on top! You comin' to Cinderella at Ram's Head Live in Baltimore in August? That's gonna be HUGE! Hey, man, c'mon back and hang out on Al's post, "Just Because This Is Awesome: Cheap Trick and Bon Jovi Together"! Your comments, positive or negative, would be SO cool to read, dude.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metalboy! - hahahahaha you funny - no really.... but shut the fuck up dumbass . . .
May 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStonyLix

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