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Old 11-19-2006, 05:58 AM
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Queensr˙che -- Covington, KY -- November 18th, 2006

Last night I attended what I can, with utmost conviction, say is the best show I’ve ever attended to this date. This show was, of course, Queensr˙che’s Covington, KY stop on their “Evening With” tour supporting their newest album Operation: Mindcrime II. A variety of things made this the greatest show I’ve ever seen, so I’d might as well start from the beginning.

The three of us (myself, CoS, and my father) left at 3 PM in order to arrive at 4:30, which we did, and stand in line until the 7 o’clock doors. My other friend who was going met us there a little after we arrived and we let her get in line with us. As soon as the doors opened I dashed to the merch booth to pick up the skeleton Mary shirt that es156 posted earlier, then to the rail where we nabbed three spots directly lined up with Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson. We kept these spots all night.

The pre-show music really set the ball a-rolling for what was going to be a great night. They were playing Peter Gabriel nonstop. The twenty I slipped them must have worked Here was Peter Gabriel’s “setlist”. It’s the closest I may get to seeing Peter live, so sadly this setlist means the world to me

1. I Grieve
2. In Your Eyes
3. The Drop
4. Steam
5. Downside Up
6. Signal to Noise

After singing Peter Gabriel songs all by myself, the lights went down and Queensr˙che’s intro music began to play over the PA. The nurse spoke the famous words, the band launched into “Anarchy-X”, and the crowd went wild. Over the course of the next hour or so, the band played their way through an even better performance of their classic Operation: Mindcrime than last year’s. As the final notes of “Eyes of a Stranger” rang out I was reminded why this is my favorite album of all time. Nothing is comparable.

After a fifteen minute intermission, “Freiheit Ouverture” was playing over the PA and the band came out to finish it. Set two had begun. I was very impressed by this set, and couldn’t believe how well the Mindcrime II stuff goes live. Mike Stone is a monster with some of those leads, and any respect I may have lost for him for changing DeGarmo’s parts was regained with his performance last night. “Hostage” and “Fear City Slide”, already my favorites from the album, were the highlights, but “If I Could Change It All” and “All the Promises” were tear-jerking and showed a side of Queensr˙che that the first Mindcrime doesn’t quite display. Not to mention the incredible acting...the Mindcrime money and blood effect from the shooting of Dr. X were some of the best things I’ve seen done in a show. If I went into every detail this review would become a book, so I’ll leave it at this: if you didn’t see this tour, you missed out big time.

I sang every word of the entire show and made eye contact with either Michael, Eddie, Scott, or Geoff the entire time (Mike is kind of a prick based on his stage persona, I never made eye contact because he was looking straight up). The security guard was very nice and anything that went off stage he would pick up and hand to you. I got $1 in Mindcrime money (which is pretty damn cool).
They encored with two songs from Empire, the title track and “Jet City Woman”. Before “Empire” began the band came out to talk and do some introductions, and I was screaming at the top of my lungs, looking straight into Michael’s eyes: “WHIP IS THE MAN!” He smiled, threw the horns to me (one of the many times he did ) and threw his pick right to me. That was a nice cap on the evening. Once the band left the stage, Peter Gabriel encored with “Sledgehammer” to truly end the night right

Queensr˙che’s setlist, for those who are going to skip the entire review and read it, was as follows:

1. I Remember Now
2. Anarchy-X
3. Revolution Calling
4. Operation: Mindcrime
5. Speak
6. Spreading the Disease
7. The Mission
8. Suite Sister Mary
9. The Needle Lies
10. Electric Requiem
11. Breaking the Silence
12. I Don’t Believe in Love
13. Waiting for 22
14. My Empty Room
15. Eyes of a Stranger
16. Freiheit Ouverture
17. Convict
18. I’m American
19. One Foot in Hell
20. Hostage
21. The Hands
22. Speed of Light
23. Signs Say Go
24. Re-Arrange You
25. The Chase
26. Murderer?
27. Circles
28. If I Could Change It All
29. An Intentional Confrontation
30. A Junkie’s Blues
31. Fear City Slide
32. All the Promises
33. Empire
34. Jet City Woman

Basically, this further solidified the fact that Queensr˙che are my favorite band, that Operation: Mindcrime is my favorite album, and that Operation: Mindcrime II is my favorite album of 2006. I can’t rate this any lower than a 100 out of 10. Pure nirvana.

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