Queensrycheis an American heavy metal band which was formed in 1981, in Bellevue, Washington. The band was formed in the early 1980's when Michael Wilton (guitarist) and Scott Rockenfield (drum player) decided to form their own band. The two were members of the band called, Cross+Fire. The band covered songs from Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The two recruited Chris DeGarmo and Bass player, Eddie Jackson, to their group. They then changed the name of their group to The Mob. The group did not have a lead singer so they recruited Geoff Tate to sing for them. Tate performed a few times with the group but did not stay with them for long because he did not like heavy metal music.
In 1981, the band recorded a demo tape. They asked Tate to help them so they recorded 4 songs. The songs were, Queen of the Reich, Nightrider, Blinded, and The Lady Wore Black. They spread their demo out to different recording companies but were rejected by them all. The group then changed their name again as suggested by their new manager, so they changed it to Queensryche. The demo was again circulated and it got a good review in the Kerrang! Magazine. The group released the demo tape as a self titled EP on their own record label called, 206 Records, in 1983. The EP was a success and Tate agreed to join the group on a permanent basis as their lead singer. The band signed a contract with EMI Records label the same year and they re-released their EP called, Queensryche. The EP went to number 81 on the Billboard charts. The group went on tour to promote their EP. After the tour, they traveled to London to record their first album. The group worked with producer, James, Guthrie. The album called, The Warning, was released in 1984 and reached number 61 on the Billboard Album chart in the United States. One single from the album was successful outside of the United States, and it was called, Take Hold of the Flame. The band went on their first full scale tour in the United States, to promote their album, as an opening act for Kiss. Their next album released was, Rage For Order, in 1986. This album was much more polished and had a better sound than the previous album. There was a music video released for the song, from the album, called, Gonna Get Close To You. In 1988 the band released a narrative concept album called, Operation: Mindcrime, and the album was a massive success.
The band went on to release other albums and singles and in the 1990's their music seemed to wane because alternative rock was the music style of the era and heavy metal and hard rock was not as favorable anymore. The group released a total of 18 albums and 29 singles during their career.
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