Queensryche spent the 1980s and ’90s establishing itself as one of the pre-eminent bands in the musical region where progressive rock and heavy metal meet and mingle. But these days, Queensryche fans – and there are many of them, for this Seattle-born band has sold some 30 million records throughout its career – are being pulled in seemingly opposite directions.
The remaining original band members have fallen out in a major way with founding member and vocalist Geoff Tate, to the point where there currently are two touring ensembles performing beneath the Queensryche banner.
There’s the Tate-fronted Queensryche, touring a show based on the band’s platinum-selling “Operation: Mindcrime” album. Then there’s the version of Queensryche fronted by Tate’s replacement, singer Todd LaTorre, with founding members Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson, as well as second guitarist Parker Lundgren. Confused yet?
It’s the latter version of Queensryche poised to perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). The band is in the midst of its “Return To History” tour, and will be performing pieces from throughout its storied career, including last year’s eponymous release, its first with new vocalist LaTorre. Ticket are $39 (box office, www.rivieratheatre.org). Hair Nation will open.
– Jeff Miers