Canton, Ohio DJ Joe Kleon will present a two-hour profile of QUEENSRŸCHE this Sunday, April 23 between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on WRQK 106.9 FM (Rock 107). Included will be an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate, in which Geoff talks in-depth about the band's new release, "Operation: Mindcrime II".
As previously reported, "Operation: Mindcrime II" sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is more than half of the total sales tally registered by the band's last studio album, 2003's "Tribe", which sold 20,000 copies in the first week and has shifted less than 75,000 units so far. Meanwhile, the band's 1999 effort, "Q2K", opened with sales of 28,000 and has sold 150,000 copies to date.
QUEENSRŸCHE's top-selling album by far is 1990's "Empire", which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original "Operation: Mindcrime" release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994's "Promised Land" reached the same plateau in December 1994.