Concert Review: Queensrÿche and Fates Warning at House of Blues Houston, March 21, 2019

with Carox Rox

Queensrÿche hit the road on March 1st for the first leg of The Verdict world tour in the US. Queensrÿche bands members are: Todd LaTorre - Lead Vocals; Michael Wilton - Guitar; Eddie Jackson - Bass; Scott Rockenfield - Drums; Parker Lundgren – Guitar.

Queensrÿche has already released two singles off their upcoming album The Verdict. The Verdict was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zeuss (Rob ZombieIced EarthHatebreed) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA, Planet-Z in Wilbraham, MA and Watershed Studio in Seattle, WA.

Check out the lyric video for "Dark Reverie" here:
And the official video for "Man The Machine" here
Here is the latest video release for Light-years, just released.

This was a great show. I was lucky enough to see Todd LaTorre singing with Queensrÿche way back when in San Antonio, so I can tell you that both his stage performance and voice now own Queensrÿche without a doubt. The new songs went down well and the old songs, like Take Hold of the Flame came with a sturdy accompaniment by the many fans old and new who were milling about all over the venue in band shirt merch.

The setlist at the House of Blues, Houston was : Launder the Conscience, Blood of the Levant   I Am I,  NM 156, Man the Machine, Condition Hüman, Queen of the Reich,  Silent Lucidity, Open Road, Propaganda Fashion   Light-years   Screaming in Digital,   Take Hold of the Flame   Eyes of a Stranger (with Anarchy-X outro)  - Encore: Jet City Woman,  Empire.

Queensrÿche was supported by Fates Warning. Fates Warning consists of Jim Matheos, (guitar) Ray Alder, (vocals) Joey Vera, (bass) Bobby Jarzombek,(drummer) Frank Aresti (guitar). Fates Warning joined the US portion of the tour with Queensrÿche for March and final two dates in the beginning of April. They describe themselves as a “vibrant and well-respected cornerstone for the prog camp within the heavy metal strata”.

Fates Warning began in a very understated, cool performance of their first two or three songs. I put it down to tour lag perhaps, because having seen them several times I was waiting for the magic to happen. Magic did, and the audience responded magically. Ray Alder is a fantastic vocalist and this band never fails to deliver a performance that draws you in, suck you up and almost becomes an experience of its own that you don’t want to end.  This band were just signed up with Metal Blades records and they well deserve it.

To see live video of the show click on the live links to some of these songs.

Queensrÿche -"The Verdict European Tour"- w/ Firewind, Mirrorplain

July 25 - Berlin, DE - SO36  

July 26 - Rottenburt-Seebronn, DE - Rock of Ages *+

July 27 - Szekesfeherva, HU - Fezen Festival+

July 28 - Ljubljana, SL - Kino Siska

July 30 - Munchen, DE - Free & Easy Festival

July 31 - Aschaffenburg, DE - Colos-Saal

August 2 - Wacken, DE - Wacken Open-Air*+

August 3 - Eindhoven, NL - Effenaar

August 4 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain*

August 6 - Pinarella di Cervia, IT - Rock Planet

August 7 - Pratteln, CH - Konzertfabrik z7

August 9 - Kortrijk, BE - Alcatraz Festival+

August 10 - Leeuwarden, NL - Into The Grave Festival*+

August 11 - Walton-on-Trent, UK - Bloodstock Open Air Festival*+

August 13 - Norfolk, UK - Waterfront, Norwich*

August 14 - London, UK - o2 Islington Academy*

August 15 - Saarbrücken, DE - Garage*

August 16 - Dinkelsbuhl, DE - Summer Breeze Festival*+

August 17 - Essen, DE - Turock Festival*+

* FIREWIND do not appear                      

+ MIRRORPLAIN do not appear

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