Seattle progressive rock giants QUEENSRŸCHE have issued the following update:
"Two big new rumors to pass along today. The first is that the band has already begun work on their new album, and get this, it's nearly done being written. No word on a direction, theme or possible release date, but nonetheless, all those details are being worked on as we speak.
"But as we wait for more information on the new album, rumors of a spring/summer tour are starting to heat up. What we can tell you is that due to the success of the two cabaret shows in Seattle, the band has decided to take it on the road. No dates to announce just yet; look for those soon. In the meantime, [this video] might help get y'all excited."
QUEENSRŸCHE was interviewed on January 22 by "The Men's Room" on the Seattle station KISW 99.9 FM. The chat is now available for streaming in two parts using the audio player below.
QUEENSRŸCHE played two "cabaret shows" on February 4-5, 2010 at the Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Washington. The concerts featured Geoff Tate, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Parker Lundgren performing with a bunch of their friends. The Queensrÿche Cabaret was art, lust, dancing and naughty fun with the band performing their hits and never-heard-before selections accompanied by go-go dancers, burlesque dancers, drag queens, a juggler, ballet dancer, aerial artist, contortionist and much more.
Video footage of QUEENSRŸCHE's cabaret performances can be viewed below.
QUEENSRŸCHE's twelfth studio LP, the epic concept album "American Soldier", was made available from Atco/Rhino in March 2009 for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $9.99 (digital). 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.
QUEENSRŸCHE interviewed on "The Men's Room" (click on player below to launch audio):