QUEENSRŸCHE bassist Eddie Jackson is featured in a new interview with the Nottingham Post. An excerpt is available below:
After the initial split (with singer Geoff Tate) the Wilton/Jackson/Rockenfield camp had to decide on their next steps. Bassist Eddie Jackson explains how the process developed: "The three of us got together and once we'd made the decision to continue we started to map out the future. Geoff had been working on solo stuff for a while, so Queensrÿche had been shelved for a while so we'd been developing a side project called RISING WEST with the three of us, Parker Lundgren who was with us for the last couple of albums and Michael knew (new vocalist) Todd La Torre through another side project.
"When things went the way they did, we decided to return to the Queensrÿche name."
A return to the name has also seen a return to their roots.
"We always wanted to revisit the older material, even back to our original EP from 1983. But for whatever reasons, we were never allowed to do it. With the energy we have now, the songs all stand the test of time. It's been fun to go back."
Alongside the reflectiveness of their setlist, the band's 2013 self-titled album has seen a return to a trademark sound.
"For a few years, we haven't felt we've had the chance to express ourselves musically, but on the new album, all five of us contributed equally," says Jackson. "With the first five or six Queensrÿche albums, the group of us created our own sound and if you bring in a bunch of different musicians, even if the songs are the same, they won't sound the same. We have our own styles and techniques that make up our sound and I thought that was missing from the last few albums."
"With (former producer) Jimbo Barton, this album is a return to our characteristic sound. Lots of fans have commented that the album sounds like it could have been released after (their most successful album in 1990) Empire. We had so much fun making it. The key word for me throughout this whole process has been freedom."
And Jackson says that this freedom has breathed new life into the band...
"With no one controlling things, we're just free to express ourselves and musically we can be who we are."
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On October 12th, Queensrÿche - fronted by vocalist Todd La Torre - performed at the O2 Academy in London (Islington), UK. Fan-filmed video has been posted below:
The band's European tour schedule is now as follows.
17 - Rock City - Nottingham, United Kingdom
18 - Button Factory - Dublin, Ireland
20 - Turbohalle - Bucharest, Romania
21 - Retro Music Hall - Prague, Czech Republic
22 - Orpheum - Graz, Austria
23 - Club 202 - Budapest, Hungary
25 - Theaterfabrik - Munich, Germany
26 - Burgerhaus - Quadrath-Itchendorf Bergheim, Germany
27 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, Germany
29 - Moonwalker - Aarburg, Switzerland
30 - Stadthalle - Langen, Germany
31 - Brielpoort - Deinze, Belgium
1 - Effennaar - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Tickets for all shows are available here
As a special teaser for the European tour the band released a video for the album track 'Redemption' with scenes from the studio recordings and first US shows with Todd La Torre:
Queensrÿche recently filmed a mini movie to the tracks, 'Spore', 'Midnight Lullaby' and 'A World Without'. The three tracks will provide the score to a 10-plus minute story, dubbed Queensrÿche: Ad Lucem. The movie was filmed by director, Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby with producer, Marco De Molina on location at Central City Stages last month.
Todd La Torre, vocalist for Queensrÿche has issued the following statement: "We decided to take a different approach with this video, which is comprised of three pieces of music from our latest self-titled release, Queensrÿche. It’s a conceptual mini-movie music video that invites the audience to scratch beneath the surface a bit, rather than the usual "chewed food" that so many are used to being fed. We really wanted to deviate from a performance type of video so the music and story-line could be the main focus."
La Torre also adds, "The overall theme of the song 'Spore' is one that deals with personal demons, relationship struggles, career pressures, personal/professional morals and ethical dilemmas. These are issues we all face on some level and the video touches upon them all. 'Midnight Lullaby'/'A World Without' deals with the loss of a mother during childbirth, leaving a father as a single parent and struggling to move forward through the turmoil. The end result is a roller coaster of emotion in an effort to find a healthy resolve. Given our history, we feel that this multifaceted conceptual video, along with a great cast of actors to suit, will really resonate with our fans."