THE EYES OF A SOLDIER
Concept Album Inspired By Veterans’ Stories Examines The Consequences Of War
From The Soldiers’ Perspective
Album Available March 31 From Atco/Rhino; U.S. Tour To Begin April 16 In Seattle
Queensrÿche envisions war through the eyes of a soldier with the band’s twelfth studio release, the epic concept album AMERICAN SOLDIER. The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group’s singer and chief songwriter, who was intent on telling their story using their words.
After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts — from World War II to Iraq — Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of the life of a solider and the consequences of war. AMERICAN SOLDIER will be available from Atco/Rhino on March 31 for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $9.99 (digital).
Tate, Michael Wilton (guitar), Ed Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) recorded the album in 2008 over the course of nine months. The idea for AMERICAN SOLDIER, Tate says, came from hearing stories from fans that are veterans, as well as his own father, who served in both Korea and Vietnam. “My father was a career military man, but until very recently he never spoke about what he went through. I think that reticence is true of a lot of veterans, which means most people never truly understand what it means to be a soldier at war. Hearing what he and some of our fans have endured made me want to share their stories with the world. This is an album about the soldiers, for the soldiers, as told by the soldiers themselves.”
Those stories resonate at the heart of AMERICAN SOLDIER, imbuing each song with vivid details about both the emotional and physical impacts of war, evoking war zone battles (“Middle Of Hell”), sacrifice (“The Killer”), loss (“If I Were King”), the longing for home (“Remember Me”), and adjusting to society after returning from war (“Man Down!”).
Tate recorded many of his interviews with the soldiers, and some dialogue from these discussions is mixed into several of tracks, allowing the soldiers’ own words to help tell their compelling stories. The band also brought a few of the soldiers into the studio with them to record vocals. The verses of the track “Unafraid” feature the voices of Chris Devine, a Vietnam veteran, and Sean Lenahan, a veteran of Somalia, recalling their war experiences while Tate provides the anthemic chorus. Also making a guest vocal appearance is Tate’s 10-year-old daughter Emily on the gripping duet “Home Again,” which examines the emotional toll of war from two perspectives, with Geoff singing from the soldier’s point of view and his daughter singing from the viewpoint of the child left behind.
Making the album, Tate says, was an enlightening process. “I was surprised to learn how little has changed through the generations. I spoke with a Vietnam vet whose experience wasn’t all that different from a soldier who fought in Somalia almost 30 years later. But what surprised me the most was how antiwar most soldiers are. To me, that makes their sacrifices even more moving.”
Soon after the release of AMERICAN SOLDIER, Queensrÿche will launch an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009. The shows will be presented in three suites, with the band performing sets from AMERICAN SOLDIER, RAGE FOR ORDER, and EMPIRE. The first date of the tour will be April 16 at Snoqualmie Casino in the band’s hometown of Seattle.
3. “Hundred Mile Stare”
4. “At 30,000 ft.”
5. “A Dead Man’s Words”
6. “The Killer”
7. “Middle Of Hell”
8. “If I Were King”
9. “Man Down!”
10. “Remember Me”
11. “Home Again”
12. “The Voice”
16 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
17 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
18 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
19 Chico, CA Senator Theatre
22 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
23 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
24 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
25 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
26 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
28 Denver, CO Paramount Theater
29 Kansas City, MO Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s
30 Milwaukee, WI Northern Lights Theater
1 Milwaukee, WI Northern Lights Theater
3 Walker, MN Northern Lights Casino
5 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
6 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
7 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
8 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
9 Mt. Clemens, MI Emerald Theatre
10 Greensburg, PA Palace Theatre
12 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino
13 Stamford, CT The Palace Theater
14 Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom
15 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
16 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
17 N. Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
19 Tampa, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
20 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
21 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
22 Houston, TX House Of Blues
23 San Antonio, TX Hemisfair Park
24 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
29 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditoruim
30 Phoenix, AZ Dodge
4 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
5 Kelseyville, CA Konocti Harbor
Guitar Maestro’s PAUL GILBERT, GEORGE LYNCH and RICHIE KOTZEN
Perform 3 Exclusive Shows
THE GUITAR GENERATION Coming To Southern California
Get prepared for a musical extravaganza. Three big shows, three big nights –
Wed – February 25 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Sat – February 28 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
Mon – March 02 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
These three masters of the electric guitar will bring their unique styles, best songs, and most inspired solos to you LIVE. Each will have their own 45 minute set accompanied by their band, followed by an unforgettable encore jam with all three guitarists onstage at one time! Every show will rock, inspire your imagination, celebrate and remind you all why we are all part of… THE GUITAR GENERATION~
Paul Gilbert burst onto the guitar scene with his band RACER X when he was only 19. His astonishing technical prowess and imaginative use of the Makita power drill instantly gained him a reputation as a Founding Father of Shred Guitar. Paul went on to form “super-group”, MR. BIG and enjoyed No. 1 chart success and massive world tours. Paul has also released over 10 solo CDs, and his legendary instructional DVDs are revered as the best in the business.
Known for his extreme virtuoso on-stage playing, passionate musicality, and quick “tongue in cheek” wit, Paul’s live performances have become legendary. In the past year, he toured with “G3” (featuring Joe Satriani and John Petrucci) and also supported Satriani on a sold out UK tour.
Paul had such a remarkable time on the G3 Tour that he was eager to get back to the USA and create a stunning and unique show featuring his two impeccable fellow guitarist friends, George Lynch and Richie Kotzen….and the GUITAR GENERATION TOUR was born!
Inventing, re-inventing and pushing the limits of rock guitar is the lifelong pursuit of guitarist George Lynch. From his work with Exciter, Dokken, Lynch Mob his new band, Souls Of We, George is revered as one of the most influential rock guitarists of all time. George has also designed a new line of guitar products that give guitarists around the world the opportunity and capability to push their own limits.
With a career that spans nearly 30 years, George is one of a long line of guitarists to come from the California hard rock world. But one distinction that separates him from the rest of the pack is that he remains to be musically relevant. For some, success was fleeting but none have left their indelible mark like Lynch has. He has survived the shortcomings of the tangled music business and the changing tides in musical trends.
Much of George Lynch’s success is credited to guitarmanship; however his song writing helped propel five highly successful Dokken albums from 1983 to 1988 to the top of the charts and won him recognition as one of the most influential rock guitarists in modern music. Another distinction that separates him from others of this genre is that his guitar playing earned Dokken a Grammy nomination in 1989 for Best Rock Instrumental for the now legendary, “Mr.Scary.” With the new decade came a different George Lynch in the 1990s. A bolder stylist and more knowledgeable guitarist was found in him as he formed the band Lynch Mob. Recording two albums and going back on the road to support them kept Lynch in the public eye and garnered him rave reviews. But he was yearning for a further approach to the guitar. While still promoting his work with Lynch Mob, he began work on a solo endeavor titled, “Sacred Groove” which demonstrated Lynch’s capacity to display different musical and guitar styles.
Lynch will always be creatively busy while constantly evolving as a musician. As Lynch continues to broaden his musical scope, he will continue to influence fans for years to come as a player and song writer who is always on top of his game!
Richie Kotzen erupted onto the music scene as a guitar virtuoso at age 17. He recorded his first solo album on Shrapnel Records with four more solo albums to follow. By 19 Kotzen was approached by glam metal band Poison in which he wrote the #4 MTV Video and top 20 Billboard hit “STAND” on the Native Tongue album hitting platinum status soon thereafter. After Poison, Kotzen continued recording on various labels including Geffen, Shrapnel and JVC and joined a stint with famed bassist Stanley Clarke. Later that year Kotzen joined Mr. Big best known for their #1 hit song “JUST TO BE WITH YOU” stepping in for shred guitar guru Paul Gilbert.
Known for his soulful singing and captivating stage shows, Kotzen continues to solo on massive world tours. Kotzens popularity has grown to astronomical proportions in over 7 countries, where he regularly tours, landing him the opening slot as the opening act for the legendary Rolling Stones a Bigger Bang Tour in Japan.
Kotzen has released 17 solo albums, 9 collaborative/band albums, an instructional & home DVD landing him to the top of a multi-platinum career.
By invitation, Kotzen joined Paul Gilbert on stage at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip, where they tore down the house separately and collectively for an encore that proved big guitars and virtuoso players still rule the rock stage. In excitement to repeat this amazing synergy Kotzen accepted to join fellow guitarists and friends, Paul Gilbert and George Lynch for THE GUITAR GENERATION!
Get your tickets now – you never know who will show up on the stage and join this triple threat in action. For ticket information go to www.hob.com and info on the artists go to www.paulgilbert.com, www.georgelynch.com and www.richiekotzen.com
GUITAR HERO . . . THE SONGS
Another piece of the Guitar Hero puzzle . . . the track listing! In case you’re just tuning in now, the all ‘Tallica Guitar Hero will be hitting the streets on March 29 with some really cool features like different classic venues such as the L.A. Forum, Tushino Airfield, and The Hammersmith Odeon, the ability to play as us or in single instrument mode, and even the Expert+ setting with double bass drum kick pedals.
So without further ado, here are the songs on the game . . . both from us and from some of the bands we admire and even call friends:
All Nightmare Long
Fade To Black
Fight Fire With Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
Master of Puppets
Mercyful Fate (Medley)
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Seek And Destroy
The Memory Remains
The Shortest Straw
The Thing That Should Not Be
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Wherever I May Roam
If you downloaded the “Death Magnetic” album for Xbox and PS3, those ten songs will play in their entirety in the full game mode. PS2 and Wii versions (coming in the Spring, most likely in early May) will include “Broken Beat & Scarred,” “Cyanide” and “My Apocalypse” since they are not compatible with the Death Magnetic downloadable content.
Alice In Chains – No Excuses
Bob Seger – Turn The Page
Corrosion of Conformity – Albatross
Diamond Head – Am I Evil?
Foo Fighters – Stacked Actors
Judas Priest – Hell Bent For Leather
Kyuss – Demon Cleaner
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesdays Gone
Machine Head – Beautiful Mourning
Mastodon – Blood And Thunder
Mercyful Fate – Evil
Michael Schenker Group – Armed and Ready
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
Queen – Stone Cold Crazy
Samhain – Mother of Mercy
Slayer – War Ensemble
Social Distortion – Mommy’s Little Monster
Suicidal Tendencies – War Inside My Head
System of a Down – Toxicity
The Sword – Black River
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town
This Friday (30th Jan) you can hear Shinedown take over the mighty Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maidens Rock show on BBC6 Music. Listen in as the band plays some of their favourite tracks by bands they love, talk about their history and air their new single Sound of Madness and forthcoming single Second Chance. You can listen here and listen back after the show has aired. Make sure you check it out… THIS Friday between 9pm & midnight on BBC6 Music.
When Guitar Hero: Aerosmith was announced early in 2008, I just rolled my eyes and thought “great Aerosmith is jumping on the Guitar Hero bandwagon”. I must admit I wasn’t very excited about this game.
When the opportunity to pick this game up for half price (with wireless guitar) for the Playstation 3, I couldn’t pass it up. Oddly enough, a game that was just an afterthought at one point for me, has quickly become one of my favorite games for the Playstation 3.
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith does a good job of mixing Aerosmith classic songs along with tunes from bands that influenced, or were influenced by Aerosmith. Unlike some of the past Guitar Hero games, the majority of the songs are master recordings by Aerosmith, and the original bands that recorded them. This makes the gaming experience a much more enjoyable one.
There are also a bunch of live interview clips with Aerosmith, talking about their random history. I enjoyed seeing those brief clips in the game.
The songs in this game are a lot of fun to play, and the guitar dual with Joe Perry is a blast. If you are an Aerosmith fan, you are going to love this game. If you have never listened to an Aerosmith song in your life, this game will make you a fan. I highly recommend this extremely fun and addictive video game for the Playstation 3.
Rating: Out of 10
“Draw the Line”
“Livin’ on the Edge”
“Love in an Elevator”
“Bright Light Fright”
“Back in the Saddle”
“Toys in the Attic”
“Train Kept A-Rollin’”
“Sex Type Thing” – Stone Temple Pilots
“Cat Scratch Fever” - Ted Nugent
“Always on the Run” – Lenny Kravitz featuring Slash
“Hard to Handle” – Black Crowes The Black Crowes
“Walk This Way” - Run-D.M.C. featuring Aerosmith
“King of Rock” – Run-D.M.C.
“She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult
“Complete Control” – The Clash
“Personality Crisis” – New York Dolls
“I Hate Myself for Loving You” - Joan Jett
“All Day and All of the Night” – The Kinks
“Dream Police” – Cheap Trick
“All the Young Dudes” - Mott the Hoople