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Screaming In Digital 180 (Queensryche Fanzine)
SCREAMING IN DIGITAL
The On-Line Queensryche Digest : Volume 180 - 27Feb95
"Futuristic 'Rychean discussion." - Michael Wilton
"Quite entertaining to read." - Chris DeGarmo
Produced in cooperation with the Queensryche Campaign fan club.
Hosted by Internet Online Services, a division of IDT.
Edited by Dan "Shag" Birchall
FTP : ios.com, /pub/users/qryche
WWW : http://www.ios.com/~qryche/
Screaming in Digital - Editor's Note
Hi again, everybody! Here's the last issue for February.
Exclusive! - Rafael
Singles - Stephen
I Am I Single - Dan
Bridge Single - Tim
Canadian Dates? - George
Scandinavian Tour - Petri
Singles - Jesselyn
Why We're Fans - Andy
US Tour Dates? - Rob
Last Time in Paris - David
New Bootleg - Till
Drums in Plexiglass - Chuck
Who Killed Mary? - Joe
Mary's Death - Scott
Lost my Shirt - Jared
Tape Trading - David
Bootlegs in DC - Joel
Totem to Trade - Christopher
Neue Regel - News & Reviews
Exclusive! - Rafael (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I went to the concert in Newport, Wales on Feb 17th. I'm not going to
spoil the show, I'll just tell you that they played 26 songs and
according to some guys who have followed the previous 6 shows in
Britain, they change the songs and the order of the show. The
"exclusive" part is that I managed to sneak in before soundcheck and
had the chance to talk a little bit to the guys, who were really
accessible. Michael was especially willing to talk to me. Here's what
they told me about some topics that I thought might be interesting for
all of us.
Eddie was a little moody, he said that he didn't want his comments
about his own interpretation of the album to end up in the Internet.
He said, "We know what we write about, and there is a specific topic
but, I think it should be there for people to find out by themselves."
His message to the readers of this list is, "Ryche and roll." Scott
was in a very good mood, and had to run to have lunch, but said,
"Shag? Never met him, but I've heard a lot about him!" Geoff didn't
have time to talk before the show, but told me that he "owed" me the
interview. After the show, he was very nice and polite. His message
for the readers of this list is, "Read Mondo." Chris laughed all the
time, and although he was busy, he also had a message for those of us
on the Internet, "Seize the day."
Michael said, "Internet? Cool!" and told me to wait. He came back to
talk for a few minutes after lunch. I asked him about his impressions
on vampirism, and he said, "There are similarities; we know people who
are into vampirism and claim to be vampires." I asked him if they were
vampires, and he said, "I used to think that I was a vampire, but not
any more." According to him, Promised Land is about "finding oneself
in this industry, inside the four walls that we are in. The nail in
the head means the suppression of subconscious energies that we all
About the upcoming CD-ROM, he told me, "It's going to be very
interactive and long, it'll take you inside the recording sessions of
Promised Land and you'll have to solve each one of the worlds that
the members of the band are creating, probably it'll take you six
months to finish it, but it will be worth it, because at the end
you'll find an all new and exclusive bonus track which will be like
the prize." He also said that he doesn't have e-mail in his house yet,
but that he would like to sometime soon. His message to us all is,
"Expect the unexpected."
Singles - Stephen (email@example.com)
I picked up the I Am I import CD single last night from Tower Records
in Hollywood. They had two versions of it. I got the Limited Edition
Gold Disc Envelope Pack - it was only $7.99! - the other one was just
a regular CD single. The songs are I Am I, Real World, Dirty Lil'
Secret, and the full band Someone Else. The package includes the CD
in a nice dust-free smooth paper square pouch, beautiful pictures of
the band members which can be viewed normally or with 3-D glasses, a
picture of the totem pole which can be viewed with 3-D glasses, and a
pair of 3-D glasses. This is a must to get, folks. Be sure to look in
the imports section, or you'll only get the regular edition which is
not as nice. I like the hard and heavy version of Someone Else much
more than the version that is on the album, since I get to hear the
whole band in on it. The version on the album is good, but this one is
even better. Dirty Lil' Secret is totally unlike any Queensryche song
I've ever heard, sort of a bluesy rock shuffle. It's got a good beat
and good drum parts. It's not classic Queensryche, but it's not too
The next CD single will be Bridge, which is supposed to have Bridge,
as well as live tracks from the London Astoria show!
I Am I Single - Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I thought it would be difficult to get the I Am I single. I was wrong!
It was at the local Best Buys. Unfortunately, it wasn't the deluxe
version with the 3-D image.
The full-band version of Someone Else? is very good. After hearing the
album version, though, the instrumentation seemed like an
afterthought. It was mentioned here that there were a few extra
lyrics. A better way to put it would be that it has alternate lyrics.
There are more than a few new lines, and several lines of the album
lyrics are not present. It helps to flesh out more of the ideas first
presented in the original, without duplicating it.
Someone said that Dirty Lil' Secret is kind of funky. I see it more as
a swing-tempo piece, rather than funk. It even has a swing-tempo
high-hat cymbal. The lyrics seem to be about the difference between
surface appearances and what lies below, the skeletons in the closet.
There are references to the neighbors next door, and how everyone has
their own dirty little secrets. The song is better as a b-side than as
an album track, though - it's about average, and the lyrics are trite.
The production quality of the CD is below that of the album, about
what you might have expected from a CD 8-10 years ago. I still
recommend it, if only for the alternate version of Someone Else?
Bridge Single - Tim (email@example.com)
I saw an import CD single for Bridge, but the b-sides were identical
to those for the import CD single for I Am I - Real World, Dirty Lil'
Secret, and the full band version of Someone Else. What's the deal?
What happened to the live tracks from the London show?
Speak - Comments & Questions
Canadian Dates? - George (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I was wondering if it's known whether or not Queensryche will do any
dates in Canada any time soon. I'm hoping they find time to hit
Toronto before the end of the tour. Anyone?
I'm sure they'll hit Canada, but they won't be back in North
America until later this Spring. -sh
Scandinavian Tour - Petri (email@example.com)
Lately, I have learned that Queensryche's tour will not reach Finland.
Could anyone out there explain why? Could it be because Finnish
Metallica fans spat on them when they opened for Metallica back in
1989, an incident that was widely reported in, for example, Metal
Hammer magazine? I assure you that there are still devoted fans of
Queensryche and progressive metal in Finland, and they would be very
eager to see the band performing live here. We would not want to miss
the show of a lifetime, and it will be a while before they tour again.
They've released a number of videos, but they will never replace the
atmosphere experienced during a live concert.
Singles - Jesselyn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I was wondering if I was the only one in the United States who
couldn't get the singles. I live in the "backwoods," and was starting
to doubt the professionalism of our local record stores. Does anyone
know when, or even if, the singles will be released in the States? I'm
also wondering about the possibility of a video collection of the
videos from Promised Land. I always seem to miss them.
Why We're Fans - Andy (email@example.com)
I would like to thank Tim for contributing the interview with Geoff to
the last issue. I think that interview proves why I love Queensryche.
Geoff showed just how intelligent he was not only with the context of
his answers, but also they way he answered the questions. I think this
shows why Queensryche is the thinking man's rock band and as long as
they keep thinking along that line - the one shown by Geoff in the
interview - Queensryche will be successful in my mind, regardless of
how many albums they sell.
US Tour Dates? - Rob (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Have tour dates been announced for the US tour yet? Also, it seems
like Queensryche does not always have a good opening band. I could not
believe that Suicidal Tendencies opened for them - at that show, half
the crowd left after Suicidal Tendencies performed.
Spreading the Disease - Info & Resources
Last Time in Paris - David (email@example.com)
The song Last Time in Paris can be found on the Real World single.
New Bootleg - Till (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I just bought a new bootleg. As far as I know, it's the first one to
feature songs off Promised Land. It's called Welcome to the Promised
Land and was recorded at the one-off show on October 21, 1994 in
The songs are Anarchy X, Revolution Calling, Damaged, Promised Land,
Disconnected, The Killing Words, Della Brown, Bridge, Silent
Lucidity, The Lady Wore Black, Real World, I Don't Believe in Love,
Waiting for 22, Eyes of a Stranger, and Take Hold of the Flame. The
sound is quite good.
The Whisper - Discussion
Drums in Plexiglass - Chuck (email@example.com)
In Henry's review of the Wolverhampton show, he said the drum kit was
encased in perspex (plexiglass), and wondered why this was. Unless
they were doing something totally different, it's common to surround
the drum kit with a "wall" of plexiglass. This does several things. It
keeps the drum sound from going out directly to the audience, allowing
total control of the sound through the mixer. It keeps stage mics from
picking up drum sounds, and keeps drum mics from picking up other
sounds on the stage. It can also dampen vibrations from other
instruments which might cause the snare drum to rattle. I'm not sure
to what extent the plexiglass helps for each case, but it must help
out enough to make it worthwhile.
The Killing Words - Interpretation
Who Killed Mary? - Joe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mary committed suicide. In fact, I remember one of the members of
Queensryche saying that Mary did it. Do you remember the Operation:
Livecrime booklet? It said something to the effect of "She hated men.
She hated life." After Nikki left the convent, she began to feel that
he was never coming back. So, somehow, she got a gun and shot herself
- which, as anyone raised Catholic knows, is a mortal sin. Of course,
she was a prostitute so that probably didn't mean much to her.
Mary's Death - Scott (email@example.com)
In the Operation: Livecrime book, it says that Nikki killed the
priest, then took Mary on the alter. This sent Mary into a suicidal
state, because Father William used to do the same thing, and she
Not to put a damper on discussion, but Mary's death is the most
flagellated deceased equine I've ever seen, so I'm not going to
include more than two contributions on the topic in the same
issue in the future. -sh
Anybody Listening? - Advertisements
Lost my Shirt - Jared (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Help! I lost my favorite shirt, the Empire one with the red, white and
blue letters and stars. Does anyone know where I can find another one?
Tape Trading - David (email@example.com)
Does anyone out there trade tapes? I have tons of Zeppelin to trade,
for I am just starting to get into Queensryche. Send me your list and
I will send you mine.
Bootlegs in DC - Joel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I will be traveling to the Washington, DC area in the next few weeks.
I would like to know if any Queensryche fans in the area could tell me
if there are any good places where I could find some imports, CD
singles, or bootlegs.
Totem to Trade - Christopher (email@example.com)
I have one of the rather enormous, cardboard totem pole store
displays, and would be interested in trading for any other imports or
collectibles from Queensryche, Savatage, or Dream Theatre.
That's all for this week. See you all again next month.
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