The seeds of Queensrÿche were sown in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington by guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield, guitarist Chris DeGarmo, and bassist Eddie Jackson over 30 years ago. Now three decades after the band released its debut self-titled E.P, the trio of Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson, along with guitarist Parker Lundgren once again release a progressive masterpiece with another dynamic vocalist: This time, Crimson Glory frontman Todd La Torre.
Metalholic and Metal Wani caught up with Todd La Torre and Michael ‘Whip’ Wilton to discuss the new album, the band’s rebirth, Geoff Tate, and its commitment to ‘Rÿche fans around the world.
Few excerpts from the chat can be found below:
Todd expressed a significant, classic Queensrÿche vibe and a return to Queensrÿche‘s roots and highly loyal fans:
“When we did this record in many aspects it pretty much wrote itself. It started out with a melody and a riff, each person puts their stamp on it and everyone was very open minded about the direction it went. When we listen to the record, it didn’t feel like a short listen, it felt like a complete body of work. It was truly a team work and everyone came up with ideas that went outside of their respective instruments.”
“We went back to the beginning and it was a collaborative process and not one person telling what everybody else should do. Todd is an open minded musician and knows how to play multiple instruments so the chemistry and collaboration between everybody’s entities and creativity was perfect. This is the rebirth of Queensrÿche and no outside writers.. It just us as a team”.
When asked about Geoff Tate throwing cell phones back to the fans and claims to call it “Rock n’ Roll”, Todd expressed his opinion:
“It’s disrespectful. It’s not something I would ever do. When I think about it, I think my actions have four other members attached to it. So its important to maintain the level of professionalism. To me rock n’ roll is to take someone’s camera and do something cool with it and not throwing it out to the crowd.”
When asked what if Geoff Tate wins the current legal battle over the band’s name Wilton offered:
“We are prepared for that. Honestly from each individuals we have the elements of metal, progressive, pop, hard rock, classical and that’s great when you put everybody’s creativity in the mix as civilized individuals and not ego centric people. You mix it in a blender and you get Queensrÿche. We have the following of the fans and our recent European tour has been success. We were rebuilding and fans have been supportive. They have come up-to me and said this is real Queensrÿche.”
Check out the full interviews with Todd and Michael below and you’ll understand why they and their partners in mindcrime are such a class act. This is the real Queensrÿche!
Check out our last interview with Wilton earlier this year.