The Queensrÿche intent on pummeling the Marquee is not your father's Queensrÿche. The 30-year-old band recently underwent a major overhaul, with only founder and principal singer/songwriter Geoff Tate remaining. "After working with the same people for 30 years, it gets very difficult," Tate said in a September blog post on the band's website. "There's no spark, the chemistry is very tried and true, and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself." Looking for new inspiration, Tate restocked the progressive metal band behind such albums as Operation: Mindcrime, Rage for Order, and Empire with a stable of metal veterans from unexpected (but once popular) places. Topping the new lineup is Quiet Riot founder and former Whitesnake, Dio, and Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo. He's joined by founding Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, ex-Candlebox keyboardist Randy Gane, and former Dokken guitarist Kelly Gray. An unusual bunch — on paper, anyway. Tate promises that such diverse musical backgrounds will allow Queensrÿche to open up and take its sound to new levels of intensity. "Everyone has ideas you haven't heard before, and everyone is throwing them against the wall and suddenly . . . the music has a whole new life." Guess we'll find out.
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