Queensryche Featuring Geoff Tate
Date: May 13, 2014
Venue: House of Blues
Location: Cleveland, OH
Whenever Queensryche comes to town, I’m there.
Generally, I’m forced to go alone because the lack of true fans around my age in the Cleveland area, but I’m completely okay with that because I make friends fast. I’ve been seeing Queensryche since 2006. Pretty impressive for someone who just turned 23. So I have witnessed a couple different lineups.
Queensryche has stopped in Cleveland pretty consistently. I’ve seen them twice at the House of Blues Cleveland during this past year. This year, I showed up alone, made some friends at the HOB Bar, and ended up getting into the show early. Needless to say I snagged a space in the front row as soon as possible and held my bladder all night so some thief couldn’t take my glorious spot.
People keep asking me why I keep going to their shows, my answer recently has been “Because the Geoff Tate version is better”. I suppose that is bias, because I haven’t seen the other version, but from what I’ve seen online, I prefer the Geoff Tate lineup. There wouldn’t be that new son of a bitch if there wasn’t Geoff Tate for him to model himself after.
Anyways, what I’m getting at is, I come to these shows because Queensryche is constantly improving. Not only does the set list improve, but I feel as if the energy of the band has been through the roof lately. Geoff has definitely chosen the right people to play with.
Ozzy is a professional at surrounding himself with phenomenal musicians. This is exactly what Geoff did. He found Rudy Sarzo and a handful of other great musicians to back him. Their energy is far better than the lineup I saw years ago.
Not only has the show and set list improved, the overall crowd reaction has improved. Recently the crowd has been ecstatic and way more into the show than in the past. Screaming the words and on their feet. That’s what you expect at a rock show, and that’s what you’ll get going to see Queensryche.
If I had to grade this past Queensryche show I saw in Cleveland this year, I would give it an A. Much improvement all-around with this band. DO NOT pass up one of their shows.