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AVANTASIA's TOBIAS SAMMET Praises 'Focused' And 'Breathtaking' GEOFF TATE: 'He Sounds Like 1988'

AVANTASIA vocalist Tobias Sammet recently spoke with writer Clay Marshall in conjunction with an OC Weekly story about the group's upcoming performance in Anaheim, California. Some select "outtakes" follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how he would describe AVANTASIA to the uninitiated: Tobias: "It's an interesting question. I always say it's more song-oriented, less polished ...

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TOBIAS SAMMET Says 'So-Called Business Experts' Doubted That AVANTASIA Would Succeed In America

AVANTASIA vocalist Tobias Sammet recently spoke with writer Clay Marshall in conjunction with an OC Weekly story about the group's upcoming performance in Anaheim, California. Some select "outtakes" follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the ongoing "Moonglow" world tour: Tobias: "It's a triumphant march. So many sold-out places. Here in Europe, [we're playing] the biggest ...

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GEOFF TATE Recalls Recording HEAR 'N AID Charity Single With RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'It Was A Petrifying Moment'

Former QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Geoff Tate recently spoke with the "Australian Rock Show" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On touring with AVANTASIA: Geoff: "It sounds like people are enjoying the show, which I think it's hard not to. It's a really good show, and very ...

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MICHAEL WILTON Says QUEENSRŸCHE Lost Its Chemistry With GEOFF TATE: We 'Have Moved On Happily Without Him'

QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton says that "countless fans" have thanked him for revamping and revitalizing the band since the departure of original singer Geoff Tate. The current QUEENSRŸCHE lineup features Wilton and fellow original member, bassist Eddie Jackson, along with guitarist Parker Lundgren and vocalist Todd La Torre. Although QUEENSRŸCHE's final effort with Tate, 2011's ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's MICHAEL WILTON Looks Back On 'Silent Lucidity''s Crossover Success: 'That Song Hit So Many People'

Michael Wilton says that QUEENSRŸCHE's touching ballad "Silent Lucidity" helped the band cross over from a primarily hard rock audience to the mainstream. After building a devoted fan base with album and EP releases throughout the 1980s, including 1988's critically acclaimed "Operation: Mindcrime", QUEENSRŸCHE achieved multi-platinum success across North America and abroad with the 1990 ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's MICHAEL WILTON Rules Out Another 'Operation: Mindcrime' Sequel: 'There's Many Reasons Why Not To Do It'

Michael Wilton says that there are no plans for QUEENSRŸCHE to release another sequel to the band's 1988 masterpiece "Operation: Mindcrime". The original "Operation: Mindcrime" album weaved themes of religion, drug abuse and underground, radical politics and was certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) in August 1991. By contrast, 2006's "Operation: ...

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Video Premiere: QUEENSRŸCHE's 'Light-Years'

The official music video for the new QUEENSRŸCHE song "Light-Years" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "The Verdict", which was released on March 1 via Century Media Records. The disc was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, ICED EARTH, HATEBREED) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, ...

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Ex-QUEENSRŸCHE Singer GEOFF TATE: 'I Believe In Socialism'

Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has described himself as a "libertarian" who believes in socialism. The Seattle-based singer, who has pursued a solo career since exiting QUEENSRŸCHE seven years ago, discussed his political persuasion during a new interview with Greece's "TV War". He said: "Some people, like I'll do an interview, and they'll ask me ...

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The Verdict - QUEENSRŸCHE

Think back to 2011. It was pretty hard to imagine anyone beyond Geoff Tate's immediate friends and family feeling particularly excited about the prospect of a new QUEENSRŸCHE album, and while "Dedicated to Chaos" was full of interesting ideas and strong melodies, even the band's most devoted fans must surely have been stifling a bemused ...

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Video Premiere: QUEENSRŸCHE's 'Blood Of The Levant'

The official music video for the new QUEENSRŸCHE song "Blood Of The Levant" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "The Verdict", which will be released on March 1 via Century Media Records. The disc was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, ICED EARTH, HATEBREED) ...

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