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Screaming In Digital 191 (Queensryche Fanzine)
SCREAMING IN DIGITAL
The On-Line Queensryche Digest : Volume 191 - 15May95
"Futuristic 'Rychean discussion." - Michael Wilton
"Quite entertaining to read." - Chris DeGarmo
Produced in cooperation with the Queensryche Campaign fan club.
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Edited by Dan "Shag" Birchall
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Screaming in Digital - Editor's Note
Hi folks! I don't have much to say this week, so I'll be mostly quiet.
More Tour Dates - Hanna
Detroit Show - Jim
Cedar Rapids Show - Dan
Minneapolis Show - Cory
Chicago Show - Jason
Oklahoma City Show - Bo
Denver Show - Brian
Salt Lake City Show - Joshua
Adventure - Dave
Disconnected Single - Tim
The Real Me Cover? - Tim
Disappointed With Show - Jay
Jones Beach Show - Ray
Dallas Show - Dave
Tri-Ryche Origins - Michael
Interview With Scott - Cory
Who Killed Who? - John-Arthur
Who Killed Who? - Richard
Empire Theme - Jim
Empire Theme - Michael
Empire Theme - Richard
Promised Land Theme - Michael
Anybody Listening? Ending - Jared
Anybody Listening? Ending - Caroline
Anybody Listening? Ending - Richard
Someone Else? - Bret
Killing Words Lyrics - Ron
Killing Words Lyrics - Jim
Killing Words Lyrics - Sandi
Tickets for Sale - Peter
Bootlegs Wanted - John
Neue Regel - News & Reviews
More Tour Dates - Hanna (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Three more dates have been confirmed. June 14th at the Zoo
Amphitheater in Oklahoma City, June 17th at the Barton Coliseum in
Little Rock, and June 28th at the Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta.
Detroit Show - Jim (email@example.com)
I was at the Detroit show too, and I also thought that Type O was
quite a surprise. I was actually impressed in some sections of their
show. :) Not a bad opener at all, and I particularly liked the
singer's sense of humor, and the antics of the stage crew at the end
of their set. If you haven't been informed, the little "stage crew
override" is part of the act. I had my doubts too, until I read
several reviews both here and over on AOL, and there's no way they'd
be going through the same thing show after show. :) Besides, a guy
that big would rip a roadie's head off without thinking!
Queensryche, needless to say, put on an awesome display of
showmanship. From start to finish it was a mesmerizing concert, and
definitely wins big points. The word that comes to mind whenever I
think about the new show is "intense." Geoff's really come into his
own, displaying what could be interpreted as a long-hidden desire to
be a Broadway performer. What can one say about the band, except that
they were phenomenal as usual? Scott ruled the day with his precision
drumming, and the guitar antics of Chris and Michael were a joy to
hear live after such a long layoff. And let's not forget Eddie, who
got to show off during Damaged and Disconnected.
All in all, the show's well worth the wait, in my opinion, and if
there's even the slightest chance of seeing them again, then believe
me I would - and in my case, will - do so in a heartbeat. I saw Eric's
photographer brother at the show, first at the box office area and
then up front during Type O's show. He's not too hard to spot in a
crowd, with that mohawk.
The one thing that bugged me was that some of the people in attendance
left before the show was over. I realize some people may have curfews,
and some may not want to wait in traffic, but come on! Why show up in
the first place if you're not going to stay for the entire
performance? That's like going to a movie and leaving ten minutes
before it's over. Why bother?
Cedar Rapids Show - Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Queensryche really are awesome. I'm sorry to say this was the first
time I saw them, but it certainly won't be the last! Since it was
general admission, I pushed up to front center. I was behind one tall
guy for about the first half, but the second half I was just behind a
woman who was shorter than me, so I got an excellent view. When the
nurse was pushing Geoff around in the wheelchair, and he had that
really good psychotic look on his face, he looked straight into my
eyes, and so did Chris after the first strain of the guitar solo of
Silent Lucidity. Now I feel special! :)
Unfortunately, I didn't get any guitar picks or drumsticks - I really
wanted a drumstick - but people right around me did. The presentation
of the show itself was really excellent. Most of their songs were
straight from the albums, but the visual imagery, both projected and
on stage, was spectacular. And for the women - or some of the guys -
Geoff looks really great in a tux! ;)
Minneapolis Show - Cory (email@example.com)
I saw the show at the Target Center on May 6th, from the front row.
The show is incredible. Someone was always right there in front of us.
I was amazed that they only used half of the Center, though. Chris
seemed kind of strange - he absolutely would not make eye contact with
anyone in the front of the audience. Michael was very impressive live,
and his solos were absolutely glowing. I am not sure why everyone says
that Eddie is so shy - he was running around, whispering to the other
guys and checking out the fans. Geoff has a bigger stage presence this
time. Towards the end of the show, Eddie threw me his pick, so my
night was made.
I wonder what other people thought of this "multi-media extravaganza."
To be honest, I did not think that it was better than any Rush show
that I have ever seen visually, and I believe that the Building
Empires tour had more screen slides and lasers. I also felt kind of
let down that they only did three songs off Empire; I guess I expected
more off their best-selling album. The most impressive part of the
show had to be the Mindcrime material, which was even better than last
time. What they did to the orchestra section in Real World and One
More Time was unbelievable. I sure hope that they make it back here
Type O was very good live, to my complete surprise. I was disappointed
that they were not as funny as I'd heard here. They did do a few bars
of Come as You Are, but didn't say anything. The way the roadies
started to disassemble their equipment during the show was hilarious,
and when the bassist wanted his bass back, a roadie tore the strings
Chicago Show - Jason (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I went to the April 26th show at the Rosemont, and I cannot wait to
see Queensryche again. The first hour was so intense that the entire
crowd seemed emotionally drained and exhausted. When Geoff came out,
it was like a lightning bolt stuck the arena. The whole group was
giving 200%, especially Geoff, who wasn't still for a moment and
consistently hit all the highs. The only minor complaint I have is
that the vocals were a little drowned out, so it was hard to hear him
at times. However, why complain about hearing Chris a little louder?
The second hour seemed a little slower, because it was mostly Promised
Land. (they played the entire album). mixed opinions about that
latest album, I agree with some people who say the show really makes
you appreciate Promised Land. It was like seeing two sides of
Queensryche, the hard rocking side, and the ballad-like, theatrical
and deep side. It shows that Queensryche really has a lot more than
people think. The show ended with an awesome encore.
The crowd was really into it, and it was almost sold out. Type O
seemed a little heavy for a Queensryche opener, and I think a lot of
people didn't really care for them, thy just wanted to see the real
rockers. I would have liked to see something off the EP and maybe a
little more treatment of Empire, but no show can be perfect!
Queensryche, though, got about as close as you can get.
Oklahoma City Show - Bo (email@example.com)
In the week before last's digest I mentioned I was worried that the
boys might not make it through Oklahoma City on this tour, but 2 days
after I sent the message, I learned that Queensryche will be playing
here on June 14th! This is one of the 'To Be Scheduled' dates on the
second leg of the tour listed in the last issue. Tickets go on sale
Saturday, May 13th.
Denver Show - Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Well, they've done it again - managed to put together a completely
mind-blowing live show. I saw Page and Plant the night before
Queensryche, and it didn't hold a candle to this show. We had 5th row
seats on the floor, and were just dumbfounded at how good the concert
was. The girl I was with was so overcome with emotion that she started
crying 4 times during the show. Them playing Neue Regel just made my
As a side note, we decided to look around a downtown Denver hotel the
afternoon of the show. As we were walking into the lobby, lo and
behold, there was Geoff. We talked to him for a little bit, and got
our pictures taken with him. He was really friendly, but a little
brief, which can be expected from someone who gets hounded by people
left and right every day. We also talked to Chris for a little, but
didn't see the other 3. They were both really cool, not one trace of
the "get out of my face you worthless fan" mentality. Truly a perfect
Salt Lake City Show - Joshua (email@example.com)
I was at the show in Salt Lake City, and it was easily one of the most
powerful experiences of my life. Besides being my first metal concert,
this concert converted me into a rabid 'Ryche fan for life. :)
Type O opened with five songs, and I have to agree with the general
impressions I am seeing from other people: they are loud, hard, and
humorous. The lead singer introduced one of the songs like this: "This
song got me excommunicated from the Catholic Church in Brooklyn, but
that's OK, 'cause as far as I'm concerned, it's their loss." During
their last song, people came out and started taking down the
equipment, even going so far as to take the guitars and mikes right
out from in front of the band while they were performing. My
impression was that they were in an extreme hurry to get set up for
Queensryche's sound was perfect, to the point that for a while, I
thought they were actually lip syncing to a recording, until Geoff
started to throw some variations into the songs. The showmanship was
excellent; I especially liked it when Nikki walked off the screens and
Geoff came out from behind the screen, dressed the same as Nikki was
in the video.
Speak - Comments & Questions
Adventure - Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My friend Brian and I are about to leave on a most excellent
adventure. We'll be leaving Houston on Sunday morning, and going to
see the shows in Tucson, Phoenix and Albuquerque. We'll see 3 shows in
4 days on a 7-day road trip of over 3300 miles. Anyhow, we'll be out
there and if any of you are going to these shows, e-mail me and we can
catch up and celebrate the return of Queensryche. We'll be going to
the shows in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and New Orleans as well.
Disconnected Single - Tim (email@example.com)
I saw another ad for the Disconnected CD single, and the ad says it
has three unreleased tracks. Does anyone know what these tracks are?
I've only seen the promotional single, but it includes a live
acoustic version of Silent Lucidity, Dirty Lil' Secret, and the
full band version of Someone Else?. -sh
The Real Me Cover? - Tim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I saw an ad in the May 26 Goldmine from a record store in Maryland
which listed a promo CD of Queensryche doing the Who song The Real Me.
I called out to the store and they said someone already bought it.
Does anyone know what this is? Is it new or old? If someone out there
has it, please e-mail me because I'd love to hear it. Trade perhaps?
Disappointed With Show - Jay (email@example.com)
I was just curious if I'm the only one out here who feels like the
latest Queensryche CD is a little less than spectacular. I really
don't see why everyone thinks it's so great. The only song which has
any edge to it is I Am I - the songs just kind of sit there. I
recently went to the Kansas City concert in hopes that it would spark
my interest in the new stuff. I heard approximately 11 old songs that
were superb and then found myself at what felt like a Pink Floyd
wanna-be concert as they finished out all the songs on Promised Land.
Queensryche is an absoluteley superb band and Geoff Tate has one of
the best voices in the business; I don't know why they put out an
album which doesn't showcase their ability. The first half of the
concert was great and then it slowly went down hill. It was one of the
most anti-climactic concerts I've been to. The videos and media were
cool, but the Promised Land music really overshadowed how good the
concert could have been. This is only my personal opinion - I just try
to call them as I see them, and this concert and CD seem far below
average for such a great band.
Roads to Madness - Tours & Shows
Jones Beach Show - Ray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I was just wondering if anyone on here is going to the Queensryche
show at Jones Beach. I am definitely going to buy a ticket as soon a a
get enough money. I was wondering what the Golden Circle seats mean
and how much they would cost. Also, why are the concert tickets so
expensive? their shows?
Dallas Show - Dave (email@example.com)
I've just heard the announcement of the Dallas show. I've also heard
that tickets are going on sale Friday at 4:00 pm. Any idea why? I work
and will probably have to buy from scalpers - whom I detest - because
of this unusual time.
Spreading the Disease - Info & Resources
Tri-Ryche Origins - Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Has anyone ever tried to figure out the origin of the tri-ryche
symbol? A couple of Sundays ago, I had several friends over to watch
basketball and some movies when I stumbled on a couple of ideas about
the origin of the tri-ryche. The first movie we watched was Heavy
Metal. In one of the vignettes, there is a warrior woman from a race
called the Terrachians She has a tattoo on her neck of a dagger with
arced wings protruding just below the hilt. I was struck by the
Later in the afternoon, we dug into some videos from the original Star
Trek series. In the episode Mirror, Mirror the crew is sent to a
parallel dimension where things are nearly, but not quite the same as
in our dimension. Anyway, on the doors of this other Enterprise there
is a symbol, apparently the crest of the ship. It has a dagger plunged
into the earth. Put the two together, and presto, you have the cover
of Rage for Order. Does anyone else have any (more serious) ideas
about the tri-ryche's origin?
That Star Trek episode was mentioned long ago in the digest,
but the Heavy Metal reference is a new one to me. The
tri-ryche's real origins are actually humble, almost amusing.
Scott Rockenfield's brother Todd sketched the logo, and the
band thought it looked cool, so it stuck. -sh
Interview With Scott - Cory (email@example.com)
The Onion, a weekly satirical paper from University of Wisconsin's
Madison campus, interviewed Scott for their "Justify Your Existence"
feature. Here's a transcription of the brief interview:
Onion: Why would anyone want to buy your record?
Scott: [Without really missing a beat] Because it has a totem pole on
O: How does that make it more worthwhile than, say, another record
that has, like, something else on the cover?
S: Because there are just none that have a totem pole. [laughs]
O: I bet if I looked through the racks at my local record store, I
would find two other records with totem poles on the cover. I can't
think of any offhand, but I'll bet you that I could -
S: You probably could, yeah.
O: So why should I buy your record over somebody else's record that
has a totem pole on the cover?
S: Yeah, boy, huh. I'm trying to think of a witty comeback. [laughs
again] Well, it's the most unique totem pole. our totem pole has
something to say.
O: Really. What is that?
S: Well, it has to do with the album. The totem pole is a metaphor for
what we're doing with Promised Land, the totem pole being part of
Native American tradition, and their culture, which is based on the
icons that are on the totem pole, have to do with the legacy of the
family, so to speak. And I'm generalizing, but that's the gist of what
a totem pole is. So we picked the totem pole because the various icons
on it have to do with what our band is about. We picked ones that kind
of represent a person's search for who they are. One of the items on
the totem pole was Soul Catcher. Another was the Raven, which is a
part of Native American culture about searching for your soul. They're
kind of based in the metaphysical side of things. And I think that's
kind of what makes our totem pole unique. And I can guarantee that
none of the other totem poles on any of the other records will look as
cool as ours.
The Whisper - Discussion
Who Killed Who? - John-Arthur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In response to the person who reasoned that Mary must have been killed
because there was no suicide note or anything - perhaps there was such
a note and it was kept from Nikki, by Dr. X.
Who Killed Who? - Richard (email@example.com)
I really think Mary committed suicide. If you take the words, "She
must have lied 'cause she never said goodbye," it seems that Mary did
have a chance to say goodbye and just didn't. If she didn't have the
chance, Nikki would not say she lied. Without the chance for her to
say goodbye, he could never have used that line.
Empire Theme - Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I'll have to disagree with the thought that Empire is an album about
one man's journey towards suicide. The opening comments about the gun
are a set up to the song Best I Can, which is a great commentary about
the power of positive thought. The character's suffered a crippling
gun-related injury, but he's not letting it dampen his dreams of a
In my opinion, the end of the Empire album is a Floyd-like return to
the beginning, in this case the time leading up to the fateful
gunshot, thus starting the entire process over again. All this is just
in my opinion obviously, and shouldn't detract from the ideas of
others, which are just as valid.
Empire Theme - Michael (email@example.com)
Having seen the video of Best I Can on the Building Empires video, I
think that the gun reference at the start of the song is entirely self
contained within that song. It suggests a child having an accident
with his father's gun and how he struggles through life after it. The
video is Queensryche's own interpretation of the song so it must be
fairly accurate. The bang at the end of Anybody Listening? sounds more
like a paper bag than a gun!
Empire Theme - Richard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I can see the point that Jet City Woman and Another Rainy Night are
negatively toned, but there are many songs between them and Anybody
Listening? which do not fit a downhill theme. Resistance, Silent
Lucidity, Hand on Heart and One And Only are examples. There are too
many different themes in those songs for them to fit one larger plot.
I don't think there is a theme. Promised Land is a different story,
Promised Land Theme - Michael (email@example.com)
I find it hard to believe that Promised Land is a continuation of
Nikki's theme from Mindcrime. Sure, it's conceptual, but interviews in
various British rock magazines show it is more the story of the band,
seen especially through Geoff and Chris's eyes. It talks about how
they perceived their life beginning (9.28 AM and I Am I), how
difficult their childhood was (Damaged), and what it was like growing
up in a broken home (Bridge). There are a number of songs which tackle
the problems of society as they see it, how those who are seen as
abnormal get locked away in homes (Out Of Mind) and how technology is
affecting everyday values (My Global Mind). The album also talks about
what has become of the great American dream (Promised Land).
The second half of the album refers more to how the band members have
coped with their various scars from childhood (Disconnected) and how
they are seeking absolution and another chance to live their lives
(One More Time). The final track (Someone Else?) more or less sums
up how their lives have come full circle. The only song I couldn't
work out is Lady Jane. There was no explanation mentioned in any of
the articles I read and I was a bit confused about the lyrical
content. I would hazard a guess that it falls into the life story as
the point at which the song persona (Geoff, Chris or whoever) had his
first sexual encounter. That is how I have interpreted Promised Land.
I would like to hear from anyone who has their own interpretation. Or
if someone gets to talk talk to the band in an in-store or on radio
perhaps they could ask them to explain Promised Land.
The Killing Words - Interpretation
Anybody Listening? Ending - Jared (firstname.lastname@example.org)
After listening to the end of Anybody Listening?, I have determined
that the sound is a definitely a door slamming, Not a gunshot. As much
as I would like the song to be part of a theme, somehow related to
Best I Can, I must conclude that the song was written out of Geoff
Tate's frustration of trying to change the world with his music.
Notice that Queensryche has gotten away from their "campaign" attitude
of order and a political revolution. The words, "I've seen the news,
and there's not much I can do," just show that he is frustrated and is
offering one last word of advice, "Think for yourself and feel the
walls become sand beneath your feet."
Anybody Listening? Ending - Caroline (email@example.com)
I seem to recall reading in Kerrang! at the time Empire came out that
it's not a gunshot at the end of Anybody Listening, it's a door
Anybody Listening? Ending - Richard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some guy is talking at the end of Anybody Listening? who, like some
have said, could be the producer or something. However, I don't really
think that is a gunshot at the end. It sounds much more like a door
closing or slamming. I think if Queensryche wanted us to think it was
a gunshot, they would have made sure it sounded like one and not a
Someone Else? - Bret (email@example.com)
My girlfriend enlightened me to Queensryche. She's a true fan, and
went to the Building Empires tour before I met her. We both love
Promised Land. What is meant by the reference to the "baptism of
stains" in the song Someone Else?
Killing Words Lyrics - Ron (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I think the lyrics are, "The bells in my head keep ringing, The
distance of our lives eeps spreading, The pounding of your heart, I'm
not listening, Your voice from far away is screaming, It's over."
Killing Words Lyrics - Jim (email@example.com)
We've talked about the Killing Word lyrics before, so my guess is once
again, "Now the wireless in my hand is ringing, The distance of our
lives keeps spreading, The pounding I hear in my heart, I'm not
listening, Your voice from far away is screaming, It's over."
Killing Words Lyrics - Sandi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As near as I can figure, the last lines in The Killing Words are, "The
pulse in my hand is ringing, The distance of our lives keeps
spreading, The pounding in my heart, I'm not listening. Your voice
from far away keeps screaming, It's over."
Anybody Listening? - Advertisements
Tickets for Sale - Peter (email@example.com)
I've got two tickets to the May 26th show at the Gorge. They're on row
8, center. They cost me fifty a piece; make me an offer. I'm still
going, but I got stuck with two tickets my friends asked me to put on
my credit card, but later decided they didn't want.
Bootlegs Wanted - John (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I'm looking to trade video tapes of the current tour. I filmed the
April 15th show in Saginaw, Michigan, and I'm looking for other shows.
If you filmed a show and would like to trade, let me know!
That's all for this time, see you next week!
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