|When everyone was hoping Queensryche would zig, they decided to zag. That about sums up the show at Promowest Pavilion in Columbus, OH. With a song list ranging from “Global Mind” to “Anarchy-X” and only a few hits in between, Geoff Tate and Queensryche played a set that was anything but expected. With the usual musicianship and timing, Queensryche put on a tremendous harmonious display, even if many fans were disappointed the band didn’t delve deep into Operation: Mindcrime. Tate’s vocals have, if anything, gotten better with age. Much like a good wine, Tate is soft on the pallet but gives that unexpected kick in the gut when least expected. But it was the band that helped make the night of music special.
After a very short set from cult favorites Fate’s Warning, Dream Theater took the stage for an hour of musical melodies that today’s music just doesn’t breed. But Queensryche was able to combine the great lyrics of Fate’s Warning with the awesome musicianship of Dream Theater and mesh them together for some of the best rock songs ever written.
With EMI/Capital records re-releasing the entire back catalogue on CD with bonus tracks, Queensryche is bound to grab a gaggle of new fans to enjoy their politically and emotionally-charged sonnets. From the early EP up until the latest record, Queensryche has been a mainstay favorite among those who thrive on musicianship over airplay. And with more than a few thousand at Promowest to see the band, those fans proved to be loyal.
Sure, during songs such as Jet City Woman and Silent Lucidity, the crowd was into the show. But even when the band played their new songs or even some obscure older tunes, the crowd was still ready and raring. That is the sign of a band with true fans. For those who have been with the band since the beginning, the re-releasing of the CDs will bring back much needed memories. And for those who may not be too familiar with the band but have an idea of what music was in the early 90s, it is important for you to pick these up as well. Because music wasn’t all “Cherry Pie.”