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
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 PRTs (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 theres 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
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