GEOFF TATE Working On ‘Stupidly Heavy’ QUEENSRŸCHE Album
February 24, 2013
Guitarist Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, SPIRALARMS) and drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN) are among the featured musicians on the forthcoming album from the new lineup of the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE. The CD, which is currently being mixed by Jason Slater, is due later in the year via the Los Angeles-based independent label Cleopatra Records.
Says Craig: “Whelp, I guess the cat is out of the proverbial bag. Nikki Blakk [of the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone] has announced that Paul Bostaph and I have played most of the music onGeoff Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE record. It is being mixed by Jason Slater as I type this and it is WAY HEAVIER then most anyone is expecting!
“Geoff and Jason have been nothing but awesome to us and it gave Pauland I a chance to contribute together on a metal record once again. I was working on it for a few weeks and play on every song. There are kick-ass solo contributions from Dave Meniketti [Y&T], Ty Tabor [KING’S X],Brad Gillis [NIGHT RANGER], K.K. Downing [JUDAS PRIEST] and Chris Cannella. As well as bass played by Rudy Sarzo and more drums fromSimon Wright. It’s some great company to be around and it was an honor to be a part of it.
“I know what the perception of the QUEENSRŸCHE camp is and I really don’t give a f*ck. QUEENSRŸCHE was one of my favorite bands from the EP through ‘Operation: Mindcrime’.
“When I was approached about doing the record, I did contemplate all of the turmoil, but I love a challenge. I accepted the challenge and thinkGeoff has a kick-ass record to deliver the fans…in spite of what some may expect. The songs are cool, classy and in some cases stupidly heavy!
“So there you have it. I am not inQUEENSRŸCHE, SPIRALARMS is still my baby with a killer record to be released very soon. So Geoff has a touring lineup ready to go this summer. I’m simply stoked to have put some my riffage in the mix with once of heavy metal’s most recognizable and classic voices.”
Although a lineup for Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed. The band will now feature Tatealong with bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE,QUIET RIOT), guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane and new additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo(QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO,RHINO BUCKET).
Wright takes over for previously announced drummer Bobby Blotzer, who will be returning to RATT as an integral part of the band that made him famous.
Beginning in early April, Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release,“Operation: Mindcrime”, performing all fifteen songs from the album along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years.
“I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” says Tate. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”
Tate, who was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in June 2012 after fronting the group for three decades, last year sought to prevent his former bandmates from touring and operating under the QUEENSRŸCHE name without him. While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. “I don’t see any reason that Mr. Tate can’t have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand,” Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13, 2012 court hearing. “I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I’m sure the market can get these things sorted out,” she added.
Last November, Tate released his first solo CD in over a decade titled“Kings & Thieves” (InsideOut Music) and toured with his solo band in support of the CD, which included dates with the legendary ALICE COOPER.
Pictured below: Paul Bostaph and Geoff Tate
Pictured below: Craig Locicero and Paul Bostaph
Pictured below: The new lineup of the Geoff Tate-fronted version ofQUEENSRŸCHE
METALLICA will share the stage with renowned concert pianist Lang Lang during the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26.
Says METALLICA: “We’re honored to be asked back to the Grammys to perform…
“It’s been 22 years since the last time we hit the stage at the annual awards show!
“This performance will be truly special with Lang Lang, who has appeared on stages all over the world including the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a White House state dinner, World Cup ceremonies, and the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm among many other acclaimed appearances.
“We are also very proud that the ‘Through The Never’ soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy for ‘Best Recording Package’ and we’re hoping for another win for our friends from Turner Duckworth, who also designed the ‘Death Magnetic’ art and took home the mini gramophone in 2009.”
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Los Angeles Staples Center and will be broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
METALLICA will head into the studio in early 2014 to begin work on its 10th studio album. The band will emerge next summer for a European tour on which each night’s set list will be chosen online by fans attending the gig.
The band’s traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top voted songs along with a brand new track.
The tour, dubbed the “Metallica by Request” tour, will kick off on May 28 at the Sonisphere festival in Helsinki, Finland and travel across Europe through July 11.
North American metallers ICED EARTH will release their new album, “Plagues Of Babylon”, for a January 2014 via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created and illustrated by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS, GWAR).
Says ICED EARTH vocalist/guitarist Jon Schaffer: “This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover. I’m sure it will go down as a classic in the epic ICED EARTH catalog.”
“Plagues Of Babylon” track listing:
01. Plagues Of Babylon
03. The Culling
04. Among The Living Dead
06. The End?
07. If I Could See You
11. Spirit Of The Times
The official lyric video for the “Plagues Of Babylon” title track can be seen below.
Speaking to Metal4 magazine at the Rockharz open-air festival in Germany in July, Schaffer said about the upcoming CD: “It’s a bit of a different thing for us, because it’s half of a concept and the other half is [standalone] tracks. Musically, I think it’s just another step in the right direction. It’s really heavy, it’s very melodic. It has a really epic feeling. Even though there isn’t, like, a monster, long epic track, the overall feel of the songs is very epic. I mean, there’s no ‘Dante’s Inferno’ or ‘Gettysburg’ or the ‘Something Wicked’ trilogy or something like that on here, but I’m really happy with it.”
ICED EARTH recently parted ways with drummer Brent Smedley for “personal family reasons.” He has since been replaced by Raphael Saini (CHAOSWAVE).
ICED EARTH has been hitting it relentlessly, with the recent studio album, “Dystopia”, being the most toured album in the band’s illustrious history.
One of the many highlights of the “World Dystopia Tour”, a headline show at the historic Kour