Queensrÿche
Queensrÿche

Queensrÿche

About Queensrÿche

Emerging during the ’80s metal boom, Queensrÿche separated themselves from the pack with their progressive licks and conceptual vision—and they’re still at it, more than 30 years later.

∙ Formed in 1981, the band (originally called The Mob) had no lead singer, until they recruited vocalist Geoff Tate and became Queensrÿche, a variant of their song “Queen of the Reich.”
∙ Building momentum with albums The Warning (1984) and Rage for Order (1986), the group broke through with 1988’s Operation: Mindcrime, a Platinum-selling rock opera.
∙ In 1989, Operation: Mindcrime’s “I Don’t Believe in Love” earned a Grammy Award nomination—the first of three that the band would receive in their career.
∙ Queensrÿche reached their commercial peak with 1990’s Empire, which went to No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart and included the power ballad “Silent Lucidity.”
∙ Seeking to revisit the conceptual world of Operation: Mindcrime, the band released a sequel album in 2006, enlisting metal giant Ronnie James Dio to voice the story’s villain, Dr. X.
∙ After Tate’s departure in 2012—and a brief period when two Queensrÿche lineups were operating simultaneously—the band regrouped with former Crimson Glory frontman Todd La Torre on vocals.

  • ORIGIN
    Bellevue, WA
  • FORMED
    1981

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