Queensryche is an American heavy metal band officially formed in Bellevue, Wash., in 1982, and in the beginning, the band was known as The Mob, after the Black Sabbath song "The Mob Rules." Changing its name in 1982 and re-naming themselves after their song "Queen of the Reich," the band eventually secured Geoff Tate for vocals, Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo playing guitars, Eddie Jackson playing bass and Scott Rockenfield playing drums. Queensryche's first two studio albums, 1984's The Warning and 1986's Rage for Order, achieved modest success, but the band's rise to fame came with their release of its 1988 concept album Operation: Mindcrime. Two singles came from this album: "Eyes of a Stranger" and "I Don't Believe in Love" - the latter being Queensryche's most recognizable song to this day. Even though Tate left Queensryche in 2012 and was replaced by Todd La Torre, the band remains well known to this day for Tate's soaring and operating vocals.
Operation: Mindcrime was a concept album revolving around the story of a junkie named Nikki, who had been kidnapped and brainwashed into performing assassinations for a secretive organization that targets political leaders. It weaves the story of his misplaced loyalty to the organization, his attempts to overcome his conditioning and his love for a reformed prostitute who becomes a nun named Mary. Throughout 1988 and 1989, Queensryche toured to support the album, sharing the stage with other 1980's metal heavyweights like Guns N' Roses and Metallica. As a result, the album would hit gold in 1989 and then platinum in 1991. It would also peak at No. 50 on the Billboard 200. Queensryche's subsequent album, 1990's Empire, would improve on that success, peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. The single "Silent Lucidity" would also reach No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their fifth album, 1994's Promised Land, would be their highest-charting album to date, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard 200. With these albums, Queensryche would become pioneers and innovators in progressive metal. Other notable Queensryche albums include Operation: Mindcrime II, the 2006 sequel to Operation: Mindcrime. Though it received mixed reviews, it reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200 chart. Despite Tate's departure in 2012 and his decision to form his own band, Queensryche tours and records albums even today.
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Who are Queensryche's current members?
Currently, Queensryche consists of Michael Wilton on lead guitar, Parker Lundgren on rhythm guitar and providing backing vocals, Eddie Jackson on bass, Scott Rockenfield on drums and Todd La Torre as lead vocalist. Since 2017, however, Rockenfield has gone on hiatus and so La Torre fills in for him on drums when Queensryche is in studio.
How many total albums has Queensryche sold worldwide?
Queensryche has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million in the US alone. In the US, Promised Land and Operation: Mindcrime have each sold more than 1 million copies, Empire has sold more than 3 million and The Warning and Rage for Order have each sold more than 500,000.
What songs are included in the typical Queensryche setlist?
Important and popular Queensryche songs like "Silent Lucidity," "Eyes of a Stranger," "Queen of the Reich," "Breaking the Silence," "I Am I," "Jet City Woman" and "Empire" continue to be frequently played at Queensryche concerts. "I Don't Believe in Love" has not been played at any recent show, however.
How long does a typical Queensryche concert last?
A typical Queensryche concert usually has about 15 or 16 songs in it. With each song lasting about 5 or 6 minutes, Queensryche's typical live performances lasts between 90 to 120 minutes.
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