This summer Seattle rockers Queensryche return with the release of Tribe, the band’s first studio album on Sanctuary Records. Tribe, which will be released on July 22, 2003, follows Queensryche’s Sanctuary debut, Live Evolution, a career-spanning live collection, released in 2001.
Lead singer Geoff Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfeld have collaborated to produce quite possibly the band’s most ambitions and most insightful project to date. In addition, founding guitarist Chris DeGarmo guests on the album as well. Tate, looking at the themes of Tribe, says “This album isn’t about any one song to me. I see albums as complete bodies of work. I love the idea of putting on a CD, closing my eyes and going on a journey with a band. I very much see this record in the same way.”
Queensryche has always delivered music devoted to observation and analysis of the human condition that challenges listeners and contemplate the larger picture. Tribe continues this tradition as the songs examine America, freedom and life in a truly global community. “This album is about coming to terms with being an American in 2003, and being a citizen of the world at the same time,” says Tate. “Sometimes these tribal allegiances contradict each other.”
Tribe is self-produced by Queensryche with Scott Olsen engineering and Adam Casper mixing.
In addition to the release of Tribe, Queensryche returns to the road this summer for a major tour. Dynamic live performances have been a trademark of the band since their beginning and the upcoming tour will be no exception. Lead singer Tate promises “We want to create a complete audio/visual experience for the fans and this show delivers that!”
With over 80 songs to draw from in Queensryche’s extensive catalog, Tate guarantees “There will be something for everyone on this tour, for old and new fans alike. We’ve pulled out some old hits, so no one will be disappointed.” Due to prior commitments, Chris DeGarmo will not be able to tour with Queensryche this summer. Guitarist Mike Stone, who also guests on Tribe, will take over guitar duties for this tour.
Joining Queensryche on tour this summer will be co-headliner Dream Theater. “I’m very much looking forward to sharing the stage with Dream Theater. They’ve made some great records, and I know the fans have wanted this tour,” says Tate. “It’s going to be like watching a ‘Battle of the Bands’ every night!” The tour kicks off on June 23 in Houston, TX at the Verizon Theater and closes with a hometown show for Queensryche in Seattle at the Paramount Theater on August 2.
June 23 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless
June 24 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
June 25 Grand Prairie, TX TX Nextstage
June 27 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
June 28 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
June 29 Tampa Bay, FL Tampa Bay P.A.C.
June 30 Atlanta, Georgia The Tabernacle
July 02 Columbus, OH Promo West Pavillion
July 03 Pittsburgh, PA Amphitheater at Station Square