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Queensr├┐che

Live in Chicago, July 19, 2003

Review by Gary Hill

Queensryche made their way into Chicago touring their new "Tribe" album, arguably their finest disc in years, and the quality of that album seems to have brought a renewed vitality to the band. Indeed, they were in great form as they worked their way through material both old and new. The sound was great, important to point out as both other bands on the bill did not seem to fare nearly as well in that department. The band augmented their musical performance with screens on either side of the stage that showed various images, ranging from stage images of them to weird performance art type shots of lead singer Geoff Tate, to socio-political imagery, and much more.

Among the highlights of the show for this reviewer was a medley of songs from the "Operation Mindcrime" album. These were delivered with passion and power befitting that disc. Tate himself, calling to mind Rob Halford just a bit with his shaven head and leathers, was in fine form, belting out songs with impeccable skill and passion. In fact, listening to some of the between song talk, and even a few things added to songs here and there (most notably Empire), it is quite obvious that Tate is concerned about the current state of affairs in the world, and is invoking the listener to "Open Your Eyes" and see what is really going on. I applaud his fire, perception and stance. This is a man on a mission, and it is a noble one. And the music being as good as it is certainly doesn't hurt either!

All in all, the Ryche seem poised to make another rise into the upper levels of progressive metal ranks, and I, for one am ready. I am also looking very forward to the chance to see them again. (For anyone listening to my requests out there, with Judas Priest now reformed, how about that dual tour for next year?) This is a band that is ready to reach a second pinnacle in their career, and they are very deserving of that chance.


 

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