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Concert Report: Queensryche
The Joint (Hard Rock Café), Las Vegas, USA
Oct 07, 2015

Report by T. Ray Verteramo.  |  Published: Oct 21, 2015

The dedication of a Metal fan is phenomenon understood by few, embraced by many. There were fans scattered from all over, collected under the single royal roof of The Joint at who have seen the Scorpions / Queensryche bill three times, 10 times, 16 times – and this is their second, fourth, seventh tour following the stinger kings. Anyone outside of the Metal community would most likely not be able to wrap their heads around such investment. However, when those amps rev to 11 and the floors start to thunder under the rolling pedals, the experience cannot be compared to anything on this mortal plane. What sets the great bands from the others is their total understanding of the addiction and they shameless cater to the Metal addict.

What sets The Scorpions apart from other bands is that they not only shamelessly cater, they encourage it. They know how to sell. And they keep pushing and pushing and pushing the highs as they go and grow throughout the years. They know their product and yet, somehow, are able to maintain their identity without becoming a novelty cover act of themselves.

Unfortunately, this could not be said for their opening guests.

Queensryche, though very skilled in penning incredibly memorable, even beautiful, songs were barely more than meat puppets moving to a soundtrack onstage.

The use of PRT’s (pre-recorded tracks) is acceptable, even necessary at times. Some of the most respected and beloved acts in the world use them to ensure production quality and include nuances that cannot be emulated live. However, when the harmonies and rhythm guitars are so flawlessly echoed as if straight from the mastering, and the lead guitars sound like they are suffocating under pillows beneath the perfect productions, suspicions are bound to be aroused. People noticed.

Their presence was generally unmemorable, even for their enormous hits such as "Jet City Woman" and "Eyes of a Stranger," though there’s no question of their skill. Todd La Torre has an absolutely glorious lower register and owned "Silent Lucidity." But, no matter how talented they may truly be, to rob the audience of a genuine connection is inhumane.

Metalheads are tribal. We want to laugh with them, sing with them, feel with them, and scream with them. Leave the plastic pretty perfection for the pop stars. Meat should be bloody.

Queensryche was too pretty to listen to and too tired on the eyes. There was little to connect with. Aside from the hardcore fan-base present, the engagement was appreciative, at best. The night belonged to The Scorpions.

Todd La Torre - Vocals
Michael Wilton - Guitar
Parker Lundgren - Guitar
Eddie Jackson - Bass
Scott Rockenfield - Drums

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