Todd La Torre-Led Queensryche Showcase New + Classic Songs in Los Angeles
The Todd La Torre-led version of Queensryche got their turn to shine Wednesday night in Los Angeles as the group packed into the sweaty Viper Room to both show off their new self-titled album and to play a performance for those in attendance.
First up, the band previewed their entire self-titled album, which is due June 25 via Century Media. The disc showed the re-energized rockers kicking things off some impressive drumming from Scott Rockenfield that helped build the tension of the opening track ‘X2.’ ‘Where Dreams Go to Die’ offered up a bluesier guitar squall from Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren. ‘Spore’ and ‘In This Light’ are also standouts and ‘A World Without’ bolsters the latter portion of the disc.
‘Redemption,’ the album’s first single, is a powerful cut and the band used the occasion to debut the track live for the first time. It was met with cheers from the crowd and fit well within the band’s post-listening session set. The song is a perfect choice for the lead single as it shows off a lot of what the band does well and offers up a positive first step for the new lineup.
Speaking of the performance, Todd La Torre showed himself more than capable of handling former frontman Geoff Tate‘s vocals, truly shining on renditions of such tracks as ‘The Needle Lies,’ ‘Eyes of a Stranger’ and ‘Walk in the Shadows,’ all of which were greeted warmly by the audience.