Queensrÿche at Sycuan Casino

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Queensrÿche at Sycuan Casino

On September 21st, Queensrÿche performed at Sycan Casino in San Diego, California for their new and long time fans at a near sold out show! Queensrÿche just came off opening on the Scorpions tour. The band never disappoints and this show was no different.

After all these years, the band is tighter than ever. Their sound and their performance is always top notch. At a few points during the show, singer Todd La Torre was belting out the high notes so hard that I saw many people putting their fingers in their ears! Lucky I always have (good) ear plugs with me when I do photography for bands.

Concert 2018I can’t write a review without talking about Queensrÿche fans. The band still has a lot of fans, some even fanatic. They scream, yell, sing-a-long with the songs and go crazy when their favorite plays. Queensrÿche knows this and does a lot to include the fans not only in the show but also give fans opportunities to meet the band with (paid) VIP passes (if you aren’t on the guest list).

I can’t wait for their new music to be released at the beginning of 2019 and hopefully another tour! To purchase photos from the show, please click here.

Rockstar of the Week – Michael “Whip” Wilton

Below is a photo I took of Michael Wilton of Queensryche on November 18th, 2016 at the House of Blues in San Diego. I chose this photo to be the picture of the week since it was liked and re-posted many times by fans and Queensryche. Michael even posted it on Thanksgiving when he wished all of his fans a happy holiday.

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Michael Wilton of Queensryche

 

Sevendust: Headed To The Grammys!

I first saw Sevendust open for Creed in 2002. Ever since I have been a huge fan and the band is my favorite “underrated band”. I am so glad they are nominated for a Grammy this year because I want more hard rock fans out there to love them as much as I do.

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I first meet the band in 2006 when they headlined a sold out show at the House of Blues in San Diego. Unfortunately they have not headlined a show in San Diego since. In 2011 I hung out with the band on the Shiprocked cruise. On this cruise, founding member Vince Hornsby nicked named me “San Diego”. During one of the Sevendust shows on the ship Vince gave me one of Morgan Rose’s drumsticks which I unfortunately lost later that night in the casino.

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During both times I meet the band I learned that not only are they fantastic musicians but really nice, down to earth guys. I even got to meet Lajon Witherspoon’s wife who is super nice too.  There couldn’t be a better group to win at the Grammy’s this Monday. I have my fingers crossed!

Joe Satriani: Live in Paris – I Just Wanna Rock (DVD)

Joe Satriani is my #2 favorite guitarist just right behind Steve Vai. I usually purchase everything he comes out with and go see him every time he comes to San Diego. But when it comes to any concert DVD, I try to rent them first from Netflix before I buy. I am so glad that Netflix had the I Just Wanna Rock DVD. I watched it this past weekend and  I strongly recommend to everyone to not purchase this one!! I had to turn it off after three songs. The complete over use of visual effects, colorization, zooming in and out and MTV like editing (switching views every second or less) caused me to quickly hit the eject button! Most of the time it looked like the video and audio weren’t even in sync! If I had Epilepsy, I would have quickly gone into a seizure.

I have met Joe and know he is a perfectionist (most great guitarists are) and I can’t believe he saw this before it was released!!! Maybe he was too busy with his other bands. So save your $15 and wait for the next one. Sorry Joe.

AC/DC Releases DVD From the Black Ice Tour

Mega rock band AC/DC released today their DVD from the Black Ice tour that spanned 2008 – 2009. I saw the concert twice and it was one of the best AC/DC shows I have ever seen. Brian and Angus were having the time of their lives. Nice to see that after so many years of the band being together. I have not seen the DVD yet but I’m sure it’s great (review to follow). Here the scoop on the DVD:

Shot with 32 cameras entirely in HD in December of 2009, AC/DC Live At River Plate marks AC/DC’s triumphant return to Buenos Aires where nearly 200,000 fans, and 3 sold-out shows, welcomed the band back after a 13 year absence from Argentina. This stunning live footage of AC/DC underscores what Argentina’s Pagina 12 newspaper reported by saying “no one is on the same level when it comes to pure and clear Rock ‘n Roll.”

Additionally the DVD contains a bonus feature titled “The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat,” features interviews with AC/DC, their crew and fans among the excitement of the creation of the concerts and the city of Buenos Aires.

Click here to purchase your copy today!

The High Cost of Seeing Your Favorite Bands from the Past

The summer concert season is just about here and I’ve been looking at who I’d like to see this year. It looks like I won’t be seeing any bands listed below. I can’t believe how much they and the venue wants for a show. I’ve always wanted to see U2, but $250 for good seats? You have got to be kidding! Most of the bands below have not had a hit song for 20+ years and they want up to $865 for a show. It’s almost laughable to me.

Many of the bands below don’t even have most of their original members left. Grand Funk Railroad is missing their lead singer/ song writer Mark Farner, only the original drummer and bass player. Journey has a very high energy Philippine singer that they found on YouTube. Sure, he sings almost like Steve Perry, but when I saw them a number of years ago I couldn’t stop laughing when he hit the stage. I swear lead guitarist Neal Schon at one point was laughing at him too or maybe he was laughing that we actually paid to see them!

  • BB King at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $93
  • Doobie Brothers at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $145
  • Grand Funk Railroad at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $106
  • Jethro Tull at the Greek Theater = $99
  • Journey, Foreigner & Night Ranger at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater = $216 – $751
  • Michael McDonald (formally in the Doobie Brothers) at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $83
  • REO Speedwagon at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $106
  • Rush at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater = $120- $865
  • Steely Dan at the Greek Theater = $145
  • The Moody Blues at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $99
  • U2 at Anaheim Stadium = $250
  • Weird Al Yankovic at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $106
  • Yes and Styx at the Greek Theater = $116
  • Yes at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $83

Foreigner does not have any original members except for the guitarist? Really? How can they be called Foreigner without Lou Gramm? I guess the Doobie Brothers and Michael McDonald can’t mend their differences since they tour separately. The only bands with all original members are Rush and U2. And still they want this kind of money? Some bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon should really be called tribute bands since most original members are gone.

I believe the venues like the Greek Theater and Cricket Wireless Amphitheater are at fault too for gouging consumers. What is the deal with tickets up to $865 per seat? For that price I better get the best meal of my life and they better include a nude stripper giving me lap dances the entire time! The recession is NOT OVER! I don’t know how anybody can afford these prices.

Most of these prices do not include parking that can be $20+. Also don’t forget the high price of beer that can be up to $12 for a small cup and concert shirts (etc.) that can range from $40 on up. If you pay for these shows I’d like to know if it was worth it. I’ll just wait for the DVD’s. I’ll just stick to the smaller, more intimate venues around San Diego like the Belly Up and the House of Blues where I can see great bands for a lot cheaper.

Queensryche Signs Multi-Album Record Deal

New York, NY: Four-time Grammy nominees Queensryche have signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. The band’s label debut –their twelfth studio album overall- is tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. Singer and founder Geoff Tate remains the creative nucleus of the band, which continues to make relevant, against-the-grain hard rock that entices fans, both new and diehard.

Queensryche have been – and unquestionably remain- one of the most respected and innovative names in forward-thinking hard rock throughout the course of their nearly 30-year history. Since their inception over 25 years ago, Queensryche have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have performed in over 22 countries.

“We are very happy to be signing with Road Runner/Loud and Proud. This is the rock label and a place where they are as excited about our music as we and our fans are,” Tate said.

“We are excited to welcome Queensryche to the label” stated Loud & Proud President Tom Lipsky. “They have earned global acclaim for their distinctive approach to music and we are confident of a successful partnership with them.”

Queenryche’s 1988-issued album Operation: Mindcrime is universally respected as a classic concept release about rock, revenge and redemption. The album elicited comparisons to The Who’s Tommy and Pink Floyd’s The Wall and is ultimately regarded as one of the most important and essential hard rock records in the genre’s expansive canon. 1990’s follow-up, Empire, yielded a #1 single, the Grammy-nominated ballad “Silent Lucidity,” which the band performed at the 1992 Grammy Awards accompanied by a supporting orchestra.

In 2006, the band released Operation: Mindcrime II, a scorching sequel to their original. The band then hit the road performing both albums Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II back-to-back in their entirety in an incredible theatrical presentation throughout the year. The final performance was recorded at The Moore Theatre in Seattle that October and the Mindcrime at the Moore double CD/DVD release debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Music DVD Chart and eventually reached Gold status.

Visit http://www.queensryche.com/ for more information.