Vocalist Geoff Tate of Seattle progressive rockers QUEENSRŸCHE seemed less than pleased with the crowd reaction his band received at this past weekend’s Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma, judging from a one-and-a-half-minute video clip which has surfaced on YouTube. The footage, which can be seen below, shows Tate and his bandmates finishing up the eighth song of their set, “Walk In The Shadows”, before the singer addresses the audience.
“My God! This is Rocklahoma, huh?!” he can be heard saying. “I think we played here two years ago. I think it, maybe, was a different crowd. You guys suck. I’m serious. C’mon! I know it’s Sunday. You’ve gotta go to work tomorrow. You’re gonna let that stop ya? My God! You only live once, man. This is all there is. There ain’t nothing else. This is your chance. This is it. This is all there is. It doesn’t get any better than this. That’s right. Anyway, nice to be here on a Sunday. [chuckles]”
QUEENSRŸCHE’s latest album, “Dedicated To Chaos”, sold 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 70 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, the epic concept album “American Soldier”, opened with 21,000 units back in April 2009 to enter the chart at No. 25. This was roughly half the first-week tally registered by QUEENSRŸCHE’s “Operation: Mindcrime II” album, which shifted 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in April 2006 to debut at No. 14 on The Billboard 200 chart.
QUEENSRŸCHE’s 2003 effort, “Tribe”, sold 20,000 copies in the first week while 1999’s “Q2K”, opened with sales of 28,000.
QUEENSRŸCHE’s top-selling album by far is 1990’s “Empire”, which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original “Operation: Mindcrime” release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994’s “Promised Land” reached the same plateau in December 1994.