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Fans Help Queensryche Mine Catalog For Tour

Of the Oakland Press

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That Queensryche would promote its new album, “American Soldier,” on tour this year is not a surprise.

But the Seattle group threw fans a bit of a twist as well.

Queensryche polled its faithful before the tour to see what they’d like to hear from the group’s 26-year catalog. And its honoring their wishes, playing what frontman

Geoff Tate

calls “suites of songs” from two other albums, 1986’s album “Rage For Order” and 1990’s “Empire.” (The “Operation: Mindcrime” albums, which Queensryche performed in their entirety in 2006-2007, were exempt.)

“It’s been a real fun experience,” says Tate, 50, whose “American Soldier” chronicles the military experience through the eyes of those who have served, with lyrics culled from interviews with more than 300 veterans — including his own father.

To play the older material, however, Tate says Queensryche “had to go back and re-familiarize ourselves with the music, some of which we haven’t played since those albums first came out. We get to look back at our past and question, ‘What the heck were we thinking here?!’ so we’ve modified some things.”

“American Soldier” is still getting its due, however — right up to the singer’s 10-year-old daughter, Emily, joining the tour to recreate her vocals on the track “Home Again.”

“We’ve been doing some homeschooling on the road, which, for busy parents, is quite a handful, but we’re making it work,” says Tate, who has four other daughters with his wife, Queensryche manager Susan Tate.

“The other day, Emily had a whole math section on fractions. I’m terrible at math. Her mom is a whiz but she was doing business calls, so I asked Scott (Rockenfield), our drummer, if he knew anything about fractions. He said, ‘Yeah, I get that completely,’ so he helped tutor her through fractions.”

Queensryche performs Saturday (May 9) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mt. Clemens. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheatre.com.

Web Site: www.emeraldtheatre.com

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