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Queensrÿche is currently a name that's against some debate, due to the split in the group and a pending lawsuit. This artist is accordingly linked to URLs relating to both sides' versions of the band.

Annotation last modified on 2012-12-23 05:24 UTC.


Queensrÿche /ˈkwnzrk/ is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington out of the local band The Mob. The band has released 14 studio albums, one EP and several DVDs, and continues to tour and record. The original lineup consisted of vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarists Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield.

Queensrÿche has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million albums in the United States. The band received worldwide acclaim after the release of their 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime, which is often considered one of the greatest concept albums of all time. Their follow-up release, Empire, released in 1990, was also very successful and included the hit single "Silent Lucidity". The band has received three Grammy Award nominations for songs off both albums. In the late 90s, drummer Rockenfield also received a Grammy nomination outside of Queensrÿche.

In 1997, guitarist and primary songwriter DeGarmo left the band for personal reasons. Over the years, his replacements have been Kelly Gray, Mike Stone, and Parker Lundgren, respectively. Following a highly publicized backstage altercation before a show in São Paulo, Brazil in April 2012, Tate was fired from the band and replaced with then-Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre. In response to his dismissal, Tate and his wife Susan (who served as the band's manager from 2005–2012) filed a lawsuit in a Washington court, claiming that he was wrongfully terminated. The ruling in the preliminary injunction was that both parties were allowed to use the name Queensrÿche until a court ruling or a settlement decides who gets to use the name. A settlement was reached on April 17, 2014, in which founding members Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson were awarded the rights to the band trademark, continuing to play with the lineup that additionally includes singer La Torre and guitarist Lundgren.

During the time both parties could use the name Queensrÿche, Tate created his own lineup featuring former guitarist Gray and musicians from bands including Blue Öyster Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio, AC/DC and Quiet Riot. This version of Queensrÿche with Geoff Tate released the album Frequency Unknown on 23 April 2013, while Queensrÿche (with La Torre replacing Tate) released their eponymous album on 24 and 25 June 2013 (European and American release date, respectively). Both bands toured in 2013 and 2014.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 The Warning Queensrÿche 3.5 6
1986 Rage for Order Queensrÿche 4 5
1988 Operation: Mindcrime Queensrÿche 4.4 11
1990 Empire Queensrÿche 4.5 8
1994 Promised Land Queensrÿche 5
1997 Hear in the Now Frontier Queensrÿche 5
1999 Q2K Queensrÿche 5
2003 Tribe Queensrÿche 2
2006 Operation: Mindcrime II Queensrÿche 4 4
2007 Take Cover Queensrÿche 1
2009 American Soldier Queensrÿche 4 2
2011 Dedicated to Chaos Queensrÿche 3 5
2013 Frequency Unknown Queensrÿche 3
2013 Queensrÿche Queensrÿche 5
2015 Condition Hüman Queensrÿche 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Greatest Hits Queensrÿche 1
2002 Building Empires Queensrÿche 1
2003 Classic Masters Queensrÿche 1
2006 The Essential Queensrÿche 1
2007 Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensrÿche Queensrÿche 2
2008 The Collection Queensrÿche 1
2011 10 Great Songs Queensrÿche 1
Greatest Hits Queensrÿche 1
Revolution Calling Queensrÿche 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Live In Tokyo Queensrÿche 1
1991 Operation: LIVEcrime Queensrÿche 2
2001 Live Evolution Queensrÿche 3.5 3
2004 The Art of Live Queensrÿche 3
2007 Mindcrime at the Moore Queensrÿche 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Take Hold of the Flame Queensrÿche 1
1988 Eyes of a Stranger Queensrÿche 3
1989 I Don’t Believe in Love Queensrÿche 1
1990 Empire Queensrÿche 4
1990 Silent Lucidity Queensrÿche 4
1991 Another Rainy Night (Without You) Queensrÿche 1
1991 Best I Can Queensrÿche 1
1991 Jet City Woman Queensrÿche 2
1992 Anybody Listening? Queensrÿche 1
1994 Bridge Queensrÿche 3
1994 Dis Con Nec Ted Queensrÿche 1
1994 I Am I Queensrÿche 1
1997 Sign of the Times Queensrÿche 2
2006 I'm American Queensrÿche 2
2009 If I Were King Queensrÿche 1
2011 Get Started Queensrÿche 1
2013 Cold Queensrÿche 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Queensrÿche Queensrÿche 4 6
2013 Silent Lucidity: Greatest Hits Queensrÿche 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Face to Face Queensrÿche & Geoff Tate 1
The Days Before the Empire Queensrÿche 1

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