QUEENSRŸCHE Frontman TODD LA TORRE - SCOTT ROCKENFIELD "Just Wasn't Available" To Play Drums On New Album, The Verdict

January 21, 2019, 8 months ago

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QUEENSRŸCHE Frontman TODD LA TORRE - SCOTT ROCKENFIELD "Just Wasn't Available" To Play Drums On New Album, The Verdict

Earlier this month, Shred Shack spoke with Queensrÿche singer Todd La Torre and guitarist Michael "Whip" Wilton. The audio interview can be heard below, an excerpt has been transcribed as follows:

On La Torre playing drums tracks on the new Queensrÿche album, The Verdict:

Todd: "Yeah, I played the drums on this record. Our original drummer, Scott (Rockenfield), he had a baby back in 2017, and he took paternity leave, and he's still kind of been on that leave of absence. So we just continued to keep writing and doing things as a full band, like we've always done. He just wasn't available for this one. I think it all came together pretty seamlessly, actually, and we're looking forward to the release of this record."

Former Kamelot drummer Casey Grillo was behind the kit for Queensrÿche on tour in 2017 / 2018. No word yet if he will reprise his role on the band's upcoming road trip.

Queensrÿche have released a lyric video for the new track, "Dark Reverie", featured on their forthcoming album, The Verdict, out March 1st via Century Media Records, and available for pre-order here.

"'Dark Reverie' is a guitar driven progressive ballad addressing self-reflection during times of tragedy and the questions we ask ourselves while grieving,” states Parker Lundgren about their latest track release.

The Verdict was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA, Planet-Z in Wilbraham, MA and Watershed Studio in Seattle, WA.

2CD edition tracklisting:

Disc 1
"Blood Of The Levant"
"Man The Machine"
"Inside Out "
"Propaganda Fashion"
"Dark Reverie"
"Inner Unrest"
"Launder The Conscience"

Disc 2
"I Dream In Infrared" (Acoustic)
"Open Road" (Acoustic)
"46° North"
"Mercury Rising"
"Espiritu Muerto"
"Queen Of The Reich" (live) (Live 2012)
"En Force" (live) (Live 2012)
"Prophecy" (live) (Live 2012)
"Eyes Of A Stranger" (Live 2012)

"Man The Machine" lyric video:

Queensrÿche will hit the road in March for their headline tour featuring supporting slots from Fates Warning, with The Cringe joining both bands on select dates. The tour will kick off on March 2nd in Orlando, making stops in major markets such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and will wrap on April 3rd in Seattle.

Tour dates:

2 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
3 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
5 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
7 - Baltimore - Sound Stage*
8 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun^
9 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza*
10 - Worcester, MA - Palladium*
12 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
13 - Detroit, MI - Diesel
14 - Chicago, IL - Concord
15 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
16 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center
17 - Davenport, IA - Rhythm City Casino Resort^
20 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
21 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
22 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec
23 - Albuquerque, NM - El Rey
26 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
27 - San Diego - Observatory
28 - Los Angeles, CA- Fonda
29 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
30 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades

2 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
3 - Seattle, WA - Neptune

* with support from The Cringe
^ Queensrÿche only

(Photo - Grizzlee Martin)

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