The first 3 years 1984 13 Oct Stockholm Johanneshov (1) Supporting Dio 1986 23 Nov Burton Central Park (cancelled) Planned to be first European headlining show 1986 24 Nov London Hammersmith Odeon (2) Supporting Bon Jovi 1986 25 Nov London Hammersmith Odeon (3) Supporting Bon Jovi 1986 29 Nov Luzern Festhalle (4) Supporting Bon Jovi 1986 6 Dec Stockholm Johanneshov (5) Supporting Bon Jovi 1987 24 Jun Seattle,WA Scott´s basement (rehearsal) 1988 4 Feb Hilversum Studio (mixing) 1988 13 Oct Köpenhamn KB Hallen (6) Supporting Metallica 1988 17 Oct Stockholm Solnahallen (7) Supporting Metallica 1988 18 Oct Oslo (8) Supporting Metallica 1988 19 Oct Göteborg Frölundaborg (9) Supporting Metallica 1988 30 Oct Bryssel Forest National (10) Supporting Metallica 1988 31 Oct Paris Le Zenith (11) Supporting Metallica 1988 1 Nov Frankfurt (12) Supporting Metallica 1988 2 Nov Stuttgart (13) Supporting Metallica 1988 3 Nov Regensburg (14) Supporting Metallica 1988 5 Nov Leiden Groenoordhal (15) Supporting Metallica 1988 7 Nov Stoke/Hanley Victoria Hall (16) Chrome Molly supporting 1988 8 Nov Nottingham Rock City (17) Slammer supporting 1988 9 Nov London Town&Country Club (18) Underneath What? supporting 1989 27 Apr London Hammersmith Odeon (19) 1989 29 Apr Arnhem Rijnhal (20) Headlining Aardschok Dag Festival 1989 12 May Los Angeles,CA Irvine Meadows (21) Warrant supporting 1995 10 Mar London HMV Marble Arch (22) 1995 10 Mar London Royal Albert Hall (23) 1997 15 Mar Stockholm Hemingway (release) 2006 9 Jun Norje Sweden Rock Festival (24) 2011 11 Jun Norje Sweden Rock Festival (25) News 1999 News 2002 Homepages Some of the first photos of Queensryche or rather The Mob as they were called in 1981 when these were taken. The first official publicity photo of Queensryche In 1983 I saw an article in Kerrang about a band that had made a demotape sounding like a mix between Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, my two favorite bands at the time. I ordered the tape and since I was the first person from Europe writing to them I got personally written letters back from the band. This was even before they got the record contract with EMI.In spite of rumors that they had disbanded, progressive metal pioneers Queensryche are back. The band finished recording a new album on Feb. 23 with its new member, guitarist and producer Kelly Gray, who replaces Chris DeGarmo. The group has also signed a multiple-album deal with Atlantic Records, which will release the band's latest effort, Q2K, on Sept. 14.
The Warning Tour1984 13 Oct Stockholm Johanneshov The first time I met Queensryche, after having corresponded by letters for almost a year. From this point on and up until 1990 I ran the Queensryche swedish fan-club. Here I presented them with the first Queensryche Swedish Fan Club t-shirt. Tracklist: Nightrider The Prophecy Deliverance NM 156 En Force Before The Storm Blinded Warning Take Hold Of The Flame Queen Of The Reich During 1985 Queensryche played a lot of shows in the US both supporting and headlining. Geoff Tate was also approached by Ronnie James Dio to sing on the Hear n' Aid project, Stars. Geoff was of course one of the two best singers on the project together with Paul Shortino. Also on the project was Ted Nugent and Spinal Tap.
The Rage For Order Tour1986 23 Nov Burton-On-Trent,Bargates Central Park This show in Burton was meant to be Queensryche's first headlining show in Europe. But because of problems with their first management, the show was sadly cancelled. They still went on a European tour as special guest to Bon Jovi. 1986 24 Nov London Hammersmith Odeon 1986 25 Nov London Hammersmith Odeon While talking to Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora two of their friends came by, Klaus Meine and Rudolph Schenker from Scorpions. But they weren´t the only people that came to this show. Afterwards in the bar I met two of my all-time favorite guitarists Brian May from Queen and Scott Gorham from Thin Lizzy, then it wasn´t strange that I didn´t get that much time to talk to Gary Moore that also was there. Scott Gorham had just started a new band, Jump The God, who sadly never got off the ground, at least I never heard anything from them. Scott asked me what song was my favorite Thin Lizzy song and when I said "Ballad Of A Hard Man" he was sincerely happy. That was the only Thin Lizzy song that was written just by Scott. Soundcheck: Neue Regel The Whisper Tracklist: Intro/Neue Regel Surgical Strike Warning The Whisper London Chemical Youth Walk In The Shadows Queen Of The Reich Take Hold Of The Flame 1986 29 Nov Luzern Festhalle Going to this show was determined in the last minute. The show was on a saturday and I sat talking with a friend of mine on friday afternoon about playing some snooker that weekend. After the phone call I realized that Queensryche were playing in Switzerland and I hadn't seen them in 3 days (!!) and called him back and cancelled the snooker game. Instead I flew to Zurich and took the train to Lausanne !!! I misread the mix between german, french and italian signs, got confused and asked if there was a Festhalle in Lausanne and there were and went on to the wrong city. When I got to Festhalle in Lausanne there was no concert, realized the mistake and took the train to Luzern and got there just a few minutes before the show. Went straight for a back door that was looked but that second the tourmanager came out for a smoke so he let me in. Since no one knew I was coming it was too late for a ticket, so I had to watch the show from the side of the stage. You should have seen the surprised looks on especially Chris and Geoff's faces. 1986 6 Dec Stockholm Johanneshov Scotts drumkit surrounded by tubes, looked cool Tracklist: Intro/Neue Regel Surgical Strike Warning The Whisper London Chemical Youth Walk In The Shadows solo DeGarmo/Wilton Rage For Order Queen Of The Reich 1987 24 Jun Seattle,WA Scott´s basement Wendy, Michael, Mark and Martha Wilton In the summer of 1987 I went to the US for the first time. First of all to meet a penpal of mine from Brooklyn that I had known for two years. Then to meet a Queensryche fan in Rockford outside of Chicago that I had met in London in 1986 and last but certainly not least, to meet Queensryche for one week at home in Seattle, or rather the suburb of Bellevue. I stayed at Michael Wilton's family's house. Queensryche wasn't touring or recording at the time, they were just writing and rehearsing some new songs in Scott's basement, none of which ended up on Operation. Chris' GTO with Enforce plate 1988 4 Feb Hilversum Wisseloord Studios The first mix done The new "Dagger" guitar arrived for Chris When Queensryche was in Holland with Peter Collins to mix the tracks for Operation I went down to visit. Actually when I got there, the first mix was just done, Anarchy X/Revolution Calling. The fun thing was that Chris had taken with him the Queensryche swedish fan-club t-shirt I gave him in 1984. It was still one of his favorite t-shirts and it ended up on the pictures in a Metal Hammer article as well. Pinball Wizard Chris with fan club t-shirt The Metal Hammer photo I also showed Chris some photos from when I went to London with my friend Donna from Brooklyn, New York. As there were an english telephone booth at the studio he suggested that we should capture this on photo.
The Operation: Mindcrime Tour
1988 13 Oct Köpenhamn KB Hallen Tracklist: Queen Of The Reich Anarchy X Revolution Calling Operation: Mindcrime Speak Spreading The Disease Walk In The Shadows The Needle Lies Breaking The Silence Eyes Of A Stranger Anarchy X 1988 17 Oct Stockholm Solnahallen Photo by Håkan Wikström, my father, when we were about to go backstage, with my two young cousins, Madelene and Lena. Another friend of mine, Marie Gustavsson, is in the background. Tracklist: Same as above 1988 18 Oct Oslo Soundcheck: I Don´t Believe In Love Tracklist: Same as above, except Take Hold Of The Flame instead of Walk In The Shadows I Don´t Believe In Love between Take Hold Of The Flame and The Needle Lies and taking out Breaking The Silence Chris was actually against playing them in the wrong order, but it worked 1988 19 Oct Göteborg Frölundaborg Tracklist: Same as above 1988 30 Oct Bryssel Forest National Tracklist: Same as above, except The Needle Lies was taken out and instead they played both I Don´t Believe In Love and Breaking The Silence 1988 31 Oct Paris Le Zenith Scott in the Eiffel tower, the whole band and I had a day off in Paris. Photo by Patrik Wikström Eddie practising in Paris, while Lars Ulrich was soundchecking. Photo by Patrik Wikström Tracklist: Same as above 1988 1 Nov Frankfurt Tracklist: Same as above 1988 2 Nov Stuttgart Tracklist: Same as above 1988 3 Nov Regensburg Tracklist: Same as above, except The Mission was added My favorite song of ALL TIME, played LIVE for the first time, as a warm-up for the headlining dates in England. 1988 5 Nov Leiden Groenoordhal Michael was wearing the other edition of the Queensryche Swedish Fan Club T-shirt. Scotts drumkit was added with chains on this tour, not tubes as on the Rage Tour. Tracklist: Same as above, except Walk In The Shadows was added as an encore 1988 7 Nov Stoke/Hanley Victoria Hall First headlining show in Europe Soundcheck: No Sanctuary, twice Tracklist: Queen Of The Reich Surgical Strike The Whisper Walk In The Shadows Chemical Youth No Sanctuary Operation: Mindcrime (excl. The Needle Lies but incl. Electric Requiem) Encore: London The Lady Wore Black Nightrider Blinded Take Hold Of The Flame 1988 8 Nov Nottingham Rock City Photo by Patrik Wikström, on timer as I am the one with the Queensryche Swedish Fan Club t-shirt behind Geoff. Also on the photo are Karen Lloyd, Marguerite Merola and Robin Edmondson. Tracklist: Same as above, except London was taken out 1988 9 Nov London Town & Country Club Visiting this show was Steve Harris and Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden and Phil Collen from Def Leppard, all huge Queensryche fans. When I met Harris in Stockholm a few months earlier, and gave him a Queensryche swedish fan-club t-shirt, I mentioned this show and he was very thankful because he hadn´t heard of it and he thanked me again when he saw me at this show. Tracklist: Same as above 1989 27 Apr London Hammersmith Odeon Tracklist: NM 156 Screaming In Digital Surgical Strike The Whisper Walk In The Shadows Chemical Youth London No Sanctuary Operation: Mindcrime (incl. The Needle Lies) Encore: Queen Of The Reich The Lady Wore Black Nightrider Blinded Prophecy Take Hold Of The Flame 1989 29 Apr Arnhem Rijnhal Aardschok Dag Festival When walking up towards Queensryche´s dressingroom I noticed House of Lords dressingroom and started thinking that inside there was one of my old idols, Gregg Giuffria, from Angel. (Also check out Brian Balich's Bad Publicity Angel Fanzine) While standing there, the door opened and Gregg himself asked me to come in, he was just on his way to get some beer, they had just finished their set and they had been great. Ken Mary Alice Cooper at Virgin in London I knew Gregg was going to be great, and also the drummer Ken Mary, whom I had both seen and met 3 years earlier in London when he was playing with Alice Cooper. It was the singer James Christian that surprised me with being crystal clear and "almost" as good as Geoff. I sat in House of Lords dressingroom and forgot about Queensryche until I heard NM 156. Lanny Cordola, House of Lords The back of the guitar had "Red Rum" painted. Photo by Patrik Wikström This show was also visited by Rick Allen from Def Leppard and even though this was just after his comeback he still drove like a maniac, while crossing the parking lot to the arena. Tracklist: Same as above, except The encore was shortened to just two songs Queen Of The Reich and Take Hold Of The Flame 1989 12 May Los Angeles,CA Irvine Meadows
The Promised Land Tour1995 10 Mar London Virgin Marble Arch Della Brown Silent Lucidity 1995 10 Mar London Royal Albert Hall "For the first time in this beautiful place" "We´ve got Scott caged in for this tour. He´s so loud" Tracklist: 9:28 pm I Am I Damaged Bridge NM 156 My Global Mind Neue Regel I Remember Now Anarchy X Revolution Calling Operation: Mindcrime Spreading The Disease The Mission I Don´t Believe In Love My Empty Room Waiting For 22 Real World Eyes Of A Stranger Promised Land Disconnected Lady Jane Empire Jet City Woman Lady Wore Black Encore: Out Of Mind One More Time Silent Lucidity Take Hold Of The Flame Someone Else 1997 15 Mar Stockholm Hemingway At this release party none of the members were attending. It was still fun to meet a lot of old Queenryche fans and friends. News June 22 1999 Queensryche Ready For 'Q2K' With New Guitarist And Label
"This one's going back to our roots a little bit more," explains drummer Scott
Rockenfield. "It's a hard record. It's more like Empire. It's not a conceptual
record, it's not even a thematic record like Promised Land was, it's just a
collection of 11 really cool songs. The last album had a certain vibe because
Chris was doing a lot of what he wanted to do, and we let that happen...It was
just time for him to go do his own thing really." Rockenfield adds that the band's
parting with guitarist/ co-songwriter DeGarmo was amicable.
Queensryche is tentatively planning to begin its next tour of the States in early
October. The quintet plan to play 3,000- to 6,000-seat venues. In other recent
changes, the band has a new manager, Ray Danniels, who also handles Rush
and Van Halen. Danniels directed the band towards Atlantic when it was
shopping around Q2K.
As far as its new musical member, Gray is known for his producing and
engineering skills, and he was also one of Rockenfield's high school buddies. "He
used to be in a band with [singer] Geoff [Tate] and a couple of the other guys in
the band prior to Queensryche forming," the drummer says. The band, called
Myth, was active circa 1980 and 1981. "We actually took Geoff out of Myth to
join us," Rockenfield recalls."[Now] 20 years later, Kelly's back in the band. It's
funny how the world revolves. The relationship has been really exciting. He fits
right into place with what we've been as a band but also has a lot to offer us [in
terms of] a new perspective."
In other Queensryche-related news, the second release by Rockenfield's
side-project with Paul Speer, titled Hell's Canyon, should be released soon.
Rockenfield describes the project as "progressive metal ambient rock."
Rockenfield and Speer's first collaboration, Televoid (both a CD and full-length
computer-animated video released through Miramar last year), was nominated
for a Grammy Award for best long-form music video.
-- Bryan Reesman, New York
News 2002 Guitarist Kelly Gray has left the Seattle-based progressive metal act Queensryche.The artist joined the band in 1998, replacing co-founder Chris DeGarmo. He appeared on the band's 1999 Atlantic album "Q2K" and last year's "Live Evolution" collection. In the early '80s, Gray played in the band Myth with Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate.
According to Tate, Gray came into the band with the understanding
that he was not a permanent member, and that he actually departed
last November. "Working with Kelly was really fun at the
time," Tate tells Billboard.com. "I think we sort of came
to a place where having him stay in the band would kind of limit him
and limit us, so we decided to part ways and do different
Queensryche has not hired a steady replacement and most likely will
not do so, opting instead to collaborate with different songwriters
when the need arises instead. "We've decided to work with
outside writers and different people that we admire," he says,
noting that remaining Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton will play
all the guitar parts and will be joined by other "guest
It has been strongly rumored that DeGarmo is recording with
Queensryche for its next studio album. Tate says this is not true,
but when asked if there were plans for DeGarmo to work with his old
bandmates in the future, he replies, "I don't want to say 'yes'
and I don't want to say 'no,' because [Chris] might call up one day
and say, 'Hey, I've got some songs and I'm really interested in
recording with you guys. You wanna do it?' and then I'd have to eat
my words. So I'll say there are no plans at the moment, but the door
Tate reveals that about half of Queensryche's next studio album has
been written; he hopes those duties will be completed before he goes
on the road this summer to support his self-titled Sanctuary solo
-- Christa Titus, N.Y.
2011 11 Jun Sweden Rock Festival, Norje
Highlight: The Lady Wore Black
After the show I met the band for the first time since 1995 at Virgin Marble Arch in London.
Even Scott came up and gave me a hug.
Geoff's sister has gotten remarried so she is not called Wikstrom anymore.
I congratulated Eddie since he turned 50 earlier this year.
I told Michael to say hello to his sister for me, she has two daughters now.
© 2011 Patrik Wikström
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