Queensryche has a new album, “Dedicated to Chaos,” that it’s ostensibly promoting on its current tour. But since this year also marks the hard rockers’ 30th anniversary, frontman Geoff Tate says the show is as much about its past as its present.
“It’s a celebration,” Tate, 52, explains. “We have kind of a Queensryche retrospective of music and film that we’re performing — songs from all of our different records and visuals that match up to the songs, kind of a look back at where we’ve been and where we are now.”
And, he adds with a laugh, “It’s interesting, like going back and looking at your school yearbook. Fashion is a fickle thing. ...”
Tate says he occasionally feels every one of Queensryche’s 30 years together “in the morning, when I’m getting out of the bunk on the bus.” But his general perspective is nothing but positive.
“It’s been a wonderful ride,” Tate says. “We never expected this thing would continue going this many years later. We just started the band out of high school and found we had a mutual appreciation of music and started the ball rolling. We found out we could write together, and it’s just been a rite of discovery for the last 30 years.
“We’re really fortunate to be able to make a living doing this.”
Queensryche performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $39.50 and $29.50 with an $84 four pack. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.