Get Ready to Rumble! Geoff Tate will be taking on competitors in “NASCAR 09” and Michael Wilton will be squaring off against users on “Halo 3.” The Queensrÿche “Game With Fame” will take place on April 13 between 1:00-3:00 PM PT.
QUEENSRYCHE IS XBOX ARTIST OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL
Xbox Live Marketplace Is Exclusive Retailer For “If I Were King” Video
New Album American Soldier Now Available From Atco/Rhino; U.S. Tour To Begin April 16 In Seattle
Queensrÿche has been selected as “Xbox Artist Of The Month” for April to coincide with the release of their new album American Soldier. Starting today, the Xbox LIVE Marketplace will be the exclusive retailer
for the band’s new video “If I Were King.” Xbox LIVE users can now purchase the video for a cost of 160 Microsoft points. Xbox LIVE users can also watch an exclusive free video clip of the recording session of “Sliver”
featuring lead singer Geoff Tate and guest vocalist and soldier A.J. Fratto.
On April 13, just days before the kickoff of the American Soldier Tour, Tate and guitarist Michael Wilton will take part in a Xbox “Game With Fame,” where Xbox LIVE users can play against the band members. Tate will be taking on competitors in “NASCAR 09” and Wilton will be squaring off against users on “Halo 3.” The Queensrÿche “Game With Fame” will take place on April 13 between 1:00-3:00 PM PT. Visit www.xbox.com/gwfqueensryche for more details.
American Soldier features a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Tate, 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 war from the soldier’s perspective.
Queensrÿche will launch an extensive tour of the U.S. on April 16 at the Snoqualmie Casino outside of the band’s hometown of Seattle. The shows will be presented in three suites, with the band performing sets from American Soldier, Rage For Order, and Empire.
I must admit that I am a big Jetboy fan, and I am dying to see these guys play again. It looks like the only way I will get to see them play is if I take a road trip and hit the M3 Festival at the end of May.
I am hoping that they play at Rock Gone Wild but that announcement has not been made yet.
Until then, I will have to settle for the clips below from their December 2007 show.
Health issues and touring commitments have combined to postpone Aerosmith’s next album, according to guitarist Joe Perry.
Perry tells Billboard.com that the record sessions — for the group’s first album since 2004’s “Honkin’ on Bobo” and first of all-original material since 2001’s “Just Push Play,” were delayed when he had to have surgery earlier this year to clear out an infection in his knee replacement.
Then, last month, singer Steven Tyler came down with pneumonia, after which the veteran Boston rockers “realized there wasn’t any chance of getting it finished before we hit the road for the summer. So basically we had to push (the album) back, and when the band gets off the road, that’s when we’ll pick up the Aerosmith record.”
Aerosmith’s tour, the group’s first since 2007, starts in June with ZZ Top. Perry says about 40 dates are set so far for North America, with South America, Europe and Japan also under consideration. The itinerary should be announced soon.
Perry — who was in Cleveland to attend Saturday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and perform the Yard Birds’ “Train Kept A Rollin'” with Metallica, Ron Wood and inductee Jeff Beck — says Aerosmith has “probably two or three (songs) that could be mixed right now, maybe even more. But there’s a long way between two or three and doing the 12 or 14 that you have to have to do a whole project.” He says what’s been done so far at his home studio with producer Brendan O’Brien “sounds like ‘Rocks'” and hews closer to the rougher sound of “Honkin’ on Bobo” than the more polished production of “Just Push Play.” “It’s everybody in the room with a producer cracking the whip,” Perry notes, “laying the tracks down and getting a good take without having to (edit) too much.”
The silver lining in the Aerosmith delay, Perry adds, is that he’s been able to go “full blast” on his next solo album, the follow-up to 2005’s Grammy-nominated “Joe Perry.” He has 10-12 songs ready — three of which, including a cover, he played for Billboard.com — which he’ll record with “an A-list producer I can’t name, but will very soon.” David Hull from the Joe Perry Project is playing on some tracks, along with Ben Tileston, who plays drums with two of Perry’s sons in TAB the Band. He’s also considering using other players and possibly guest vocalists.
“I have a big chunk of time before the tour, so I’m gonna try to get the solo record done as soon as I can,” Perry says. “Chances are you’re gonna be hearing that before you hear an Aerosmith record…’cause I expect the Aerosmith tour, God willing. to continue through the fall.”