Queensrÿche, as expected, put on a stellar performance last Friday night in The Showroom at Turning Stone Casino. Queensrÿche, currently consisting of lead singer Todd La Torre, guitarists Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield, played a 14 song set consisting primarily of Geoff Tate-era songs while incorporating a few songs off their latest album Condition Hüman to give fans a sampling of where they’re at now, musically speaking.
Todd La Torre’s vocal abilities are impeccable. Although his voice and former Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate’s voices are extremely similar- almost interchangeable, he makes a clear effort to differentiate himself from Geoff while on stage and by no means is attempting to directly mimic his predecessor. Todd’s uniqueness as both a vocalist and member of the band is really revealed through his rare, but noted incorporation of guttural growls. Scott Rockenfield is one of the, if not the, most animated drummers I have ever seen perform. From the get-go Scott was fun to watch and very interactive with the crowd all while performing flawlessly which as a drummer is not always an easy task. Guitar solos done by both Parker and Michael were exemplary, while all bass obligations were handled with excellence by original bassist Eddie Jackson.
The setlist consisted of classic Queensrÿche hits such as “Take Hold of the Flame”, “Jet City Woman”, “Silent Lucidity” and “Queen of the Reich”- which was a definite crowd favorite. As mentioned earlier, Condition Hüman was sampled to the crowd with performances of “Guardian” and “Hellfire”. The setlist was short and sweet, however I wish the band would have played for just a little bit longer. The crowd was engaged and I’m sure we all could have gone for a couple more songs- but again, the 14 song set that was performed blew us all away. Ultimately, a Queensrÿche show is definitely not one to miss.