Watching the February 1992 internationally-televised Grammy Awards, there was Queensryche performing the most unlikely Top Ten Billboard hit and Grammy-nominated Rock Song of the Year “Silent Lucidity”, live with a symphony orchestra conducted by the late Michael Kamen, telecast worldwide to hundreds of millions. I couldn’t help but note how far they had come – how far rock had come – to be recognized in such a prestigious mainstream way. It certainly hadn’t started out that way for the Seattle quintet.
Queensryche co-founder/ composer/ guitarist Chris DeGarmo and former singer/ songwriter Geoff Tate may be gone now ( the former pilots corporate jets, the latter heads the band Operation Mindcrime ), but they tell the story of the blockbuster four million-seller Empire and the amazing songs “Best I Can”, “Jet City Woman”,”Della Brown”,” Resistance”,”Hand on Heart”, even a live performance from London’s Hammersmith Odeon just weeks after Empire’s 1990 release, on its 25th anniversary.
And speaking of live Queensryche, see ’em in concert Tuesday at Fiddler’s Green near Denver, Thursday SAP Center San Jose, Friday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, next Saturday 10-3 at The Forum LA, & next Sunday 10-4 at San Diego’s House of Blues.-Redbeard