Queensryche -- Toledo, OH -- October 2nd, 2005
TOUR: Queensryche / An Evening With Queensryche
VENUE: Stranahan Theater -- Toledo, OH
DATE: October 2, 2005
REVIEWED: October 3, 2005
Last night I witnessed my third Queensryche concert of the year, and it was, in a word: good. With Toledo being their 5th consecutive night, I figured they'd trim a song or two off the set, but nope, they kept it strong with 10 songs, and a very, very, good rendition of "The Lady Wore Black". I really like the way they play it live now verse the original EP version.
The band's performance was excellent. Tate's pipes were in great form. "Walk in the Shadows" (for all you vampires) was a million times better last night then in the summer. I like the little bass intro they add on to it.
This was basically the same show I saw in January, but there were a few differences. As far as the set, it's two songs longer, and "Open" and "When the Rain Comes..." are absent. They are also still playing the shorter summer version of "Empire", where in January they did the full thing. And Ed, you'll be happy to know Geoff didn't ask who was a parent before "Silent Lucidity". Instead, he mentioned that recently the band has had a lot of friends that have moved on. He then dedicated the song to Michael Kamen, the guy who did the orchestrations on "Silent Lucidity" and Operation: Mindcrime. I thought that was a nice touch.
Anyways, the Mindcrime set was stellar as always. Pamela does seem to have more of a role now, and this time I could actually hear her.
The audience was really into the show as well. It was really cool to hear them do the shouting parts (“It lies”, etc.) because a lot of people were participating. The sound was pretty good too. We were down in the second row of the pit, on the left, directly in front of the PAs. The show had a great mix, but I can’t hear a damn thing today. I didn’t think it’d be nearly as loud as it was, so I didn’t bring plugs. Oh well…
Not a whole lot to add, except Queensryche played like the consummate professionals they are. For those curious, they played for 2 hours 5 minutes, and had a 25 minute intermission in between sets.
1. The Whisper
3. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
4. Walk in the Shadows
5. Take Hold of the Flame
6. Sign of the Times
7. The Lady Wore Black
8. Jet City Woman
9. Last Time in Paris
10. Silent Lucidity
11. I Remember Now
12. Anarchy X
13. Revolution Calling
14. Operation Mindcrime
16. Spreading the Disease
17. The Mission
18. Suite Sister Mary
19. The Needle Lies
20. Electric Requiem
21. Breaking the Silence
22. I Don't Believe in Love
23. Waiting for 22
24. My Empty Room
25. Eyes of a Stranger
At the end "Hostage" was played over the PA as usual.
By the way, their is one uncertainty about the set list, I'm not sure where "The Lady Wore Black" fits. The set I have posted is widely regarded as the accepted one, but I could've sworn Lady was after "Sign of the Times". Not that it's a huge deal, just thought I'd note there is no confirmation one way or the other... I'll probably ask my friends that were they what they remember. The rest of the order is correct though.
Awesome man, glad it rocked, and I envy you for getting Lady Wore Black.
Geoff was in top form for me as well.
Enjoy Cleveland! :party:
[QUOTE=DethMaiden]Awesome man, glad it rocked, and I envy you for getting Lady Wore Black.
Geoff was in top form for me as well.
Enjoy Cleveland! :party:[/QUOTE]
It was really sweet. It sort of makes up for the fact that in January we only got an 8 song greatest hits set :D
Yep, that fucker is impressive.
Thanks. I will, I am super pumped for it now :party:
Oh, and I was right about the set, TLWB was earlier then I originally posted. Fixed now.
:party: seems like you had a great time down there
But could someone tell me about the "shorter" version of Empire?Which parts are they skipping?
[QUOTE=Voodoomaster]:party: seems like you had a great time down there
But could someone tell me about the "shorter" version of Empire?Which parts are they skipping?[/QUOTE]
You know the breakdown with the clean guitar and the spoken part about federal spending? They just cut that out and instead go right into the solo.
You know the breakdown with the clean guitar and the spoken part about federal spending? They just cut that out and instead go right into the solo.[/QUOTE]
Seriously? I have seen Queensryche 14 times and I have never heard them change Empire like that. Still sounds like an excellent show. I think that I am one of the few who actually likes Last Time In Paris. It is quite different from most of their material, but I think that it is kind of cool.
[QUOTE=es156]Seriously? I have seen Queensryche 14 times and I have never heard them change Empire like that. Still sounds like an excellent show. I think that I am one of the few who actually likes Last Time In Paris. It is quite different from most of their material, but I think that it is kind of cool.
Yeah. They played it without the guitar breakdown this summer before Priest too, and apparently they just kept it that way for this tour too.
They said on Sunday they played the longest ending so far on "Last Time in Paris" - it was actually cool, normally I don't care for the song, but they had a good groove going on this time. :horns:
Last Time In Paris is OK but not one of my favorites. Empire solo is :drool:
[QUOTE=Fe Maiden]Empire solo is :drool:[/QUOTE]
I agree :D
One of the few solos I have learned note for note (because it's just too awesome to play any other way ;) )
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