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The official lyric video for the song “Alive” from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS, the new progressive metal band formed by lead guitarist Matt Wicklund (GOD FORBID, HIMSA, WARREL DANE), drummer Van Williams (NEVERMORE, ASHES OF ARES, PURE SWEET HELL) and vocalist Adōn Fanion, can be seen below.

The band’s sound features technical and groove metal elements, highlighted by Adōn‘s powerful clean vocals, Van‘s tasteful rhythms and Matt‘s melodic and intricate guitar solos.

GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS has finished writing material for its as-yet-untitled debut full-length album and is currently working with Grammy-winning producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, HALL & OATES, NILE).

In order to get this project off to a great start, GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is reaching out to fans to help fund the album by use of popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter. The campaign has been launched and offers pre-sales of the album, merchandise and many other perks, including one-on-one Skype video lessons, guest performances on your band’s album, being drawn into the band’s album artwork, and more. Pledge here, but hurry, the pledging period ends in 30 days.

Guitarist Christopher Amott (ARMAGEDDON, ex-ARCH ENEMY) last year announced his departure from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS in order to focus entirely on making a new ARMAGEDDON album.

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Some of rock’s biggest names have joined together in an auction to benefit famed music producer George Tutko (OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS, LITA FORD, PAT BENATAR, JOURNEY, ROD STEWART), who was recently diagnosed with cancer. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of rock ‘n’ roll history, and all proceeds will go to the George Tutko cancer fund to aid with his medical bills.

Up for auction is a Schecter Diamond Series guitar signed by:

* Vince Neil (MÖTLEY CRÜE)
* Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD)
* Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD, WHITESNAKE, DIO)
* Rick Springfield
* Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE)
* Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS)
* Micky Dolenz (THE MONKEES)
* Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS)
* Albert Lee (legendary blues guitarist)
* Kerry King (SLAYER)
* Carlos Cavazo (RATT, QUIET RIOT)
* GREAT WHITE (Mark Kendall, Audie Desbrow, Michael Lardie, Scotty Snyder, Terry Ilous)
* QUEENSRŸCHE (Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton, Parker Lundgren, Todd La Torre)

To bid, please go to this location.

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David Garlow of the Syracuse Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with singer Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Syracuse Music Examiner: That was a cool performance of “Lola” [on the March 4 edition of “New Day Northwest” on King 5 TV to promote Tate‘s show “Rock And Vaudeville”]; loved the wig and the dancers, very cool!

Tate: Oh, thank you! It’s going to be a fun show where we try and impersonate our favorite performers. That’s the best Ray Davies that I could do! [Laughs]

Syracuse Music Examiner: You will be here next week on the “25th Anniversary Of ‘Operation: Mindcrime’” tour, can you talk about this tour and what we can expect at the show?

Tate: It’s a real honor and a pleasure to play “Operation: Mindcrime” in its entirety. It’s a fan favorite! I have some really excellent musicians playing it with me. We get to play the whole thing! “Mindcrime” is almost exactly an hour long, so we play it and hopefully the fans appreciate it and asks us out for an encore and we’ll rip into some of their favorite QUEENSRŸCHE songs!

Syracuse Music Examiner: I finally got a chance to listen to “Frequency Unknown”. Great album. Can you talk about it and will you be playing some of this next week?

Tate: Yeah, we’ll probably play some songs off of that. It was a very fun record to make. Over the years, I’ve tried to make each record very different from the previous one. Tried to put the band or the people writing and playing with me in a situation where it is conducive to a creative environment. We had a lot of people joining and collaborating on this one. It was really great hearing all of these great musicians’ interpretation and input on a song. I’m a firm believer in collaboration; I like other people’s input and really to see where a song can go, you know? I really like the record.

Syracuse Music Examiner: You also remade four iconic QUEENSRŸCHE tunes which sound awesome. Can you tell me about the decision to do those and how did you choose from so many?

Tate: Well, that was a record company deal, really. They wanted four specific QUEENSRŸCHE tracks on the record and they wanted them made as close to the original as possible. So, there wasn’t much thought process to it; it was looking back at those songs and trying to recreate them, which was difficult to do on a number of levels. Technically utilizing old recording equipment is getting harder to accomplish as it’s harder to find. [Laughs] And then performance mode as well. I didn’t realize how much I had changed the delivery of certain songs over the years, which you just kind of naturally do — at least I do, and I think probably most singers do. You change your phrasing around, you change your note choice here and there, and you augment the melody over time because typically when you write a song, you spend about a month total between writing and recording and you’re done with it. For me, I don’t typically look back too much I’m just going off memory every time I perform a song, so it just naturally starts changing and evolving. Like “Silent Lucidity”, for example, I changed the phrasing on that all around live. Listening back to the original, I had to put both tracks up and work at creating the same phrasing I did for the record. Over years of performing a song live, you just do different things to it — you know, add notes here, subtract notes there. It’s an interesting evolution that I had never really been cognizant of it before we did that record, and we had to go back and listen to the original tracks again.

Read the entire interview at Syracuse Music Examiner.

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On September 24, Honduras rock journalist Alvaro Villatoro (a.k.a. Lemmy Simmons) of Hard Heavy conducted an interview with conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts from the chat follow.

On the next QUEENSRŸCHE video:

Scott: “A couple of weeks ago, we finished two brand new music videos for the new record. We went down to Los Angeles and shot the next two videos.

“The next single, I believe, is going to be ‘Spore’. And then the follow-up single after that is going to be ‘A World Without’.

“So what we did is we shot a 10-minute movie of the two songs put together, and it’s really great. It’s a full scripted storyline, there were actors in the videos, and it’s very conceptual. And we do appear in the video as well. But it was really fun and really different, because it’s like a movie.”

On parting ways with original singer Geoff Tate and replacing him with Todd La Torre:

Scott: “I’ve gotta be honest. We just didn’t know what to expect when we made the decision to move on last year. And Todd has been perfect; I mean, it’s absolutely just perfect. He sings so great our old, great songs. Listen, we hadn’t done ‘Queen Of The Reich’ in years, and Todd stepped in and he just sings it — he just does it — and it’s just perfect. I can’t even tell you how excited we are about what’s going on for us right now having him in the band.”

On whether the band felt any pressure to release a new studio album as quickly as possible to compete with the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE:

Scott: “To be honest, we actually didn’t — we never felt any pressure to get a record out as fast as possible or to do anything to sacrifice the quality that we always had wanted to keep ourselves at. This record was a great example of that. Our focus was on just writing great songs and getting them to where we felt it was at the top of our game, so to speak, and we wanted to keep our level very high and challenge ourselves. And so we were gonna get the record done when the record was gonna be done.

“We were lucky, because the chemistry amongst the five of us now is so great that we just felt that we didn’t have any pressures — we knew we were gonna have a great record and feel really good about it. And I think the response is kind of the proof. The fans and the media have embraced the new record in such a high way; I mean, we’re getting almost 10-star reviews on this record all around the world. So for what that’s worth, I think that’s just the proof that we’ve done what our fans really had wanted us to be doing for a long time. I think they’re very happy that we’re back doing what we feel good about.

“We’ve been around for 30 years as a band, and we’ve made a lot of records, and some really great ones that I’m very proud of. I think this new record is a record that I’m proud of… It’s probably a record that I’m most proud for probably the last 20 years. So, for me, it’s really special and I feel really great about it. And we’re having a great time. We haven’t had a great time for a long time, to be honest; it hasn’t been very fun. I think this is now a turning point for us and we just feel really good. We’re energized and the fans are energized.”

On whether “Queensrÿche” signals a return to the band’s classic sound:

Scott: “I think so. I really do.

“In the last year that we started playing all these shows with Todd, our setlist is a lot of just our first five records — it’s all that great QUEENSRŸCHE classic stuff that we hadn’t played for a long time. And in doing that, I think that started to put us in kind of that mindset, that energy that we had back then, and the chemistry we had together. And so I think when we started making this new record, it was almost natural that we were kind of revisiting that feel for us. And I think this record does.

“I think, to me, if somebody asked me where I would place this record in our catalog in terms of time frame, I think this record fits right back in the days of, like, ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ and ‘Empire’ and ‘Promised Land’ — kind of like in the early Nineties when we were making those records. And I think this record feels like it’s very much a part of that era. And I’m proud of that. And a lot of our fans are telling us that as well.

“So I think that we did — we grabbed a lot of the great, old chemistry, and we made a record with that energy.”

Photos below from video shoot for “Spore” and “A World Without”.

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On November 7 at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California, the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE will acoustically perform the entire setlist that was played by the original band during their 1992 “MTV Unplugged” show. They will also perform other QUEENSRŸCHE hits and favorites.

“MTV Unplugged” setlist was as follows:

01. I Will Remember
02. The Killing Words
03. Della Brown
04. Silent Lucidity
05. Scarborough Fair/Canticle (SIMON & GARFUNKEL cover)
06. The Lady Wore Black
07. Anybody Listening?
08. Rockin’ In The Free World (NEIL YOUNG cover)

For more information, go to this location.

Video footage of the original “MTV Unplugged” performance of “Della Brown” can be seen below.

Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE now features Tate along with guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane and the band’s latest additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET).

“Frequency Unknown”, the new album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, sold around 5,500 copies in its first week of release in the United States to land at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on April 23, the CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California.

“Frequency Unknown” is packaged with bonus tracks — four QUEENSRŸCHE classics, newly recorded, including the smash hit single “Silent Lucidity”. Guest musicians on the CD include K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Ty Tabor (KING’S X), Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS), Lita Ford, Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN).

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On October 17, Rock Against MS returns to the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California with yet another amazing all-star lineup. On the heels of a spectacular sold-out show last March 27, the rock stars return in support of longtime friend and publicist Nancy B. Sayle. This rock-fueled concert is to help raise awareness and funding for Sayle and her new foundation benefiting those living with MS. This show will also be in loving memory of Penny (Maglieri) Tuttle who passed from complication from MS just days prior to the first Rock Against MS concert. Penny is the daughter of Sunset Strip’s legendary rock and roll giant Mario Maglieri, owner of the Whisky A Go Go and the Rainbow Bar & Grill.

Penny‘s passing affected Sayle profoundly, as she herself is challenged with primary progressive MS.

“Being just diagnosed in 2009, I first ignored the disease and now with it progressing, I move forward doing all I can to cheat it and be positive,” explains Sayle.

Penny‘s death, just within days of a concert at her family’s venue that they so graciously donated to us really shook me. The Maglieri family are great longtime friends and I want to honor Penny and many others that have lost their lives due to this disease. We also thank the Maglieri family for all they have done for us.

“I really need all to know about MS. It is important that we fight and not lose hope.”

Scheduled performers at Rock Against MS on October 17:

* Steve Lukather (TOTO)
* Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES)
* Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE)
* Marky Ramone (RAMONES)
* Jorgen Carlsson (GOV’T MULE)
* CJ Vanston (SPINAL TAP)
* Erik Eldenius (BILLY IDOL)
* Brian Tichy (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE)
* Robert Sarzo (QUEENSRŸCHE)
* Jimmy D’Anda (BULLETBOYS)
* Nick Menza (MEGADETH)
* Gretchen Bonaduce
* Chas West (MOBY DICKS, BONHAM)

They are showing support for not only Sayle, but for so many others living with MS in our own community and around the world.

Many more artists will be announced in the coming weeks and a huge surprise guest is in anticipation.

In its finishing stages, the Rock Against MS Foundation will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis to live an independent and full life. There will also be an educational grant for kids with MS as well as kids that have parent with MS that are challenged with funding for college. These grants will support the physical and emotional needs of MS patients and their families — as well as creating awareness of multiple sclerosis to the general public.

When: Thursday October 17, 2013

Where: VIP Pre-Party
Rainbow Bar & Grill 4-6 p.m.

Concert / VIP Meet-And-Greet
Whisky A Go Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

VIP Meet-And-Greet: 6:00 p.m.
Doors: 7:30 p.m.
Show Starts at 8 p.m.

Buy tickets at Ticketfly.com.

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James Anaya of “The Hellion Rocks” on Bleach Bangs Radio recently conducted an interview with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Asked about his current gig as the touring bassist for the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, Sarzo told Frankie DiVita, radio personality at Southern California’s 96.7 KCAL Rocks: “[The reception from the fans has been] incredible. I mean, going out there and just watching the audience react to what we’re doing. We’re actually performing the whole ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ record — every single song — and it’s just such an iconic album; it’s a timeless piece of music.”

Regarding how performing with QUEENSRŸCHE is different to what he has done with his previous bands, Sarzo said: “I have not in the past ever toured doing a concept album. Once you do a concept record, you perform it live, you’re telling the story for an hour-plus rather than telling vignettes, which is separate songs. So it’s a whole different mindset, because there’s much more to grab onto as a performer. Rarely do you ever get to perform a whole album, even if it’s the band or the album that you recorded… unless it’s the first tour, like [with QUIET RIOT‘s] ‘Metal Health’, yes, we did the whole album, because that’s all we knew. And we started headlining, so we had to, like, find rejects — songs that did not make the album — and start including them in the set. But as far as a concept album, that there’s a storyline to it, it’s a very unique situation, to go on stage like that.”

On the topic of what it’s like to perform with Geoff Tate, Sarzo said: “Oh my God! He’s unbelievable. Just to be on stage next to him — the power and his passion, it’s contagious.”

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In the four-and-a-half-minute clip below, legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT) and his guitarist brother, Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE), share how the JTV-89 guitar and Relay G50 digital wireless system help them recreate the iconic concept album “Operation: Mindcrime” on tour with the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE.

The current touring lineup of Geoff Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE also features drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET), guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001) and keyboardist Randy Gane.

Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records released “Frequency Unknown”, the new album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, on April 23. The CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California.

“Frequency Unknown” is packaged with bonus tracks — four QUEENSRŸCHE classics, newly recorded, including the smash hit single “Silent Lucidity”. Guest musicians on the CD include K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Ty Tabor (KING’S X), Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS), Lita Ford, Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN).

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Greg Prato of Songfacts recently conducted an interview with Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, JON OLIVA’S PAIN). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Songfacts: Would you agree that SAVATAGE was one of the first-ever true prog metal bands?

Jon: Absolutely. No doubt about it. I think that really started with “Hall Of The Mountain King”, but then definitely from “Gutter Ballet” on, we definitely expanded. We had done three or four records that were basically the same, except for “Fight For The Rock”, which we don’t count. That’s like the red-headed stepchild. But yeah, we started going that route, definitely with “Gutter” and “Streets”. I had never heard of the term prog rock until a few years ago. I didn’t know what it was. Back in 1987 I don’t remember that term being around. Was it?

Songfacts: The only other band that may have been described that way is maybe QUEENSRŸCHE, but I really don’t remember them being described like that around the time that also SAVATAGE was around, back in ’87.

Jon: Yeah, it’s weird. I’m wondering when that prog base first started popping up as a new genre. I’ve got to check that out. That’s going to bother me all day now. I want to know when the first time someone said “prog rock.”

Songfacts: I think DREAM THEATER may have been the first band to be called prog metal.

Jon: If you really think about it, the first prog-type band was probably ELP. But I see what you’re saying. DREAM THEATER to me, I like that band a lot. I think the drummer is amazing, just too many solos for me. I can’t help it, man. They’re great players. You can’t take away the talent. These guys are unbelievably talented. Some of those solo sections are just like, “Okaaaay,” but great band. People like ‘em, so people like 20-minute guitar solos.

Songfacts: Why do you think that TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA has reached such a huge audience, but SAVATAGE in the ’80s didn’t? Do you think it was just a matter of timing or just listeners’ tastes at the time?

Jon: Well, I think what happened with that mainly is that the name SAVATAGE, we ran the course with it. And because of some bad mistakes that we made business-wise in our younger days before Paul O’Neill, we never could quite recover from that and get into the bigger level. I mean, we did well. We did really good in Europe. But we never got SAVATAGE to that level, and after 20-some odd years and then losing Criss [Oliva, guitar] in the middle of that, we just weren’t ready to continue. The fatal thing that happened was with the song “12/24″ off of the “Dead Winter Dead” album [1995]. We sent the song out around Christmastime, and a station down in Florida started playing it, and it became a hit down here. Atlantic Records sent that CD to every radio station in America and nobody would play it. They said, “Why didn’t you play the song?” It’s like, “Well, SAVATAGE, that’s a heavy metal band from the ’80s. We don’t play that shit.” They never even listened to it. You know how we know? Because the next year we sent the exact same song and put a Christmas tree on the cover and an angel and called it “TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA,” and it was #1 on 500 radio stations. So that just goes to show you that what was holding SAVATAGE back was SAVATAGE. It wasn’t the songwriting. It was the same, Paul and I, and before that, Criss, Paul, and I. You know, the proof was in the pudding. “12/24″, which is technically a SAVATAGE song from the album “Dead Winter Dead”, has sold millions of records. I’ve got them hanging on my wall. But when it was released as SAVATAGE, it sold 30,000. So what does that tell you? It tells you that the name’s turning people off for some reason, and that’s what it was. Now look at what’s happened. TSO is one of the biggest bands in the world, it’s unbelievable. It’s funny to me, because it’s SAVATAGE. [laughs] I get a kick out of this. I’m like, “It’s SAVATAGE with tuxedos and a bunch of other people from all around the world.” We bring in people from all around the world, which makes us kind of international, which I think is cool. But the thing that sells it is the music, Paul‘s stories, and Paul‘s poetry and the lyrics, and the way that Paul and I work together when we write. There’s a chemistry there.

Read the entire interview at Songfacts.

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Drummer Scott Rockenfield talks pressure band faced during “Queensryche” recording.

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