QUEENSRŸCHE Members Perform Acoustic Set At KISW's 'Holiday Hangover Ball'; Video Available

QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate performed a rare all-acoustic set along with two guests (Jason Aimes on vocals and Parker Lundgren on guitar; members of Tate's solo band from the fall 2008 tour) at KISW's annual Holiday Hangover Ball, held this past Friday (December 12) at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, Washington. They were the last-minute replacement for original headliners SALIVA who were forced to cancel due to an unexpected health scare of lead singer Josey Scott.

The setlist was as follows:

01. The Hands
02. Sign of the Times
03. The Lady Wore Black
04. Real World
05. Eyes of a Stranger
06. Wish You Were Here (PINK FLOYD cover)

Watch low-quality fan-filmed video footage the performance below.

QUEENSRŸCHE is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its twelfth studio album, "American Soldier". The concept effort, due this spring from Rhino/Atco, finds the band once again tackling some heavy subject matter, this time focusing on telling the story of war from a firsthand perspective. Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate has spent the last few years conducting extensive interviews with veterans and has crafted their thoughts into this epic tale. "American Soldier" examines American wars from World War II through Iraq from the viewpoint of those in the trenches and on the frontlines. Following the album's release, QUEENSRŸCHE plans to present tracks from the album live on an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009. The first date of the tour will be a hometown gig at Seattle's Snoqualmie Casino on April 16.

"QUEENSRŸCHE has always had incredible support from members of the Armed Services," says Tate. "It seems like after every show, I'd end up speaking with a fan that was or had been involved with the military. The more and more I began to hear their accounts and feelings, the more I really felt a conviction to tell their story. Over the last two years, I've conducted dozens of one-on-one interviews with veterans of many different American wars. I listened to their amazing and moving recounts and did my best to examine war through their eyes."

Also on the horizon for release early next year is Geoff Tate's red wine signature blend called Insania, which has already garnered the attention of Wine Spectator magazine.

(Thanks: www.AnybodyListening.net)

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