This gig was one that I had been looking forward to a lot. The split between the band and singer Geoff Tate has been well documented and there’s not need to bring all that up again. But the fact that Tate was an essential member of the band and therefore not easily replaced made this gig interesting, no matter what you think of this version of the group. Just like other singers such as Rob Halford, David Lee Roth and Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate has always been one charismatic frontman which has made the lead singer / frontman position in Queensrÿche pretty big shoes to fill. Neither Ripper Owens or Blaze Bailey were accepted by the Maiden and Priest fans, so I was really curious to see how new guy Todd LaTorre (ex Crimson Glory) would manage to front a band like Queensrÿche.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves now….
Opening act Civil War has a great album out in The Killer Angels and they played a great gig this summer at Väsby Festival, but this was the first time I would catch them live indoors. They were really good this evening as well, although the usually flawless lead singer Nils Patrik Johansson had some problems with the higher notes in some songs. Still, songs like “Brother Judas”, “Rome Is Falling” and “I Will Rule The Universe” went down very well. However, it was a pity to see that the crowd was very small and there couldn’t have been more than something like 50 people there. That also made me a bit worried – would this turn out to be a fiasco for the new Queensrÿche line up?