Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February 23

Happy Birthday to Michael Wilton; as far as I'm concerned, he's the reason there's still a Queensryche. Geoff Tate may be the voice, and Chris DeGarmo may have the guitar geeks' attention, but founding member Wilton has kept the band alive for almost 30 years. When DeGarmo left the band after '97's "Hear In The Now Frontier" album (and all the misfortune that followed,) that should have finished the band off. Instead, co-guitarist Wilton learned all DeGarmo's solos and became the band guitarist. In return, we got Mindcrime II and American Soldier.
The band members seem to have micro-brewing on their minds (Wilton's developed an Ale, while Tate's launched some wines) but they tour later in the summer; then, more, please?
I'm hopeful that the band's best work is yet to come; meanwhile, here's some 'Ryche:

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