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Old 04-29-2006, 10:05 PM
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Queen of the Ryche -- Newton, NJ -- April 29th, 2006

Holy hot damn. Me, Overkiller, and Div just got back from seeing the Iron Maiden tribute band Sanctuary and the Queensryce tribute band Queen of the Ryche. Not sure if many of you of you remember but a while back I posted a thread about how I was able to contact the bands guitarist/manager and got them to play at a local night club. Well, that was tonight! We got there and the "security" or whatever were a bunch of dicks, but oh well, we got in anyway.

First up is Queen of the Ryche. Kick-fucking-ass. Their vocalist was awesome, and what was cool was they had a back-up woman vocalist who also sang lead on two songs. The guitarist was this old black guy who looked like he belonged in a jazz-fusion band, but he was amazing. During one song he escaped! He ran into the crowd during many songs and during one song he ran right through us and it looked like he was running for the door. Another really cool thing was that their keyboardist was blind, and he kicked major ass. Overall, they put on a great show. Unfortunately, I only have Operation: Mindcrime and Empire, so there were a few songs I didn't know. Their set was:

1. I Remember Now
2. ??
3. ??
4. Walk in the Shadows
5. ?? - The woman sang on this one.
6. Another Rainy Night
7. Jet City Woman
8. The Warning
9. Silent Lucidity
10. Empire - The woman sang on this one.
11. Operation: Mindcrime
12. Eyes of a Stranger
13. ??
14. ??

During Eyes of a Stranger, a woman came up to me and was like "Are you Steve? SirLardsAlot?" and I was like "Yup!" and she called over Mark Garcia, guitarist and manager of Sanctuary. We chatted for a minute, he appologised about the bouncer being an ass and whatnot, which was awesome. Also, during another songs, someone walked by me and I thought to myself "Hey, I know him." So afterward Queen of the Ryche's set was over, I walked over to him, and who was it but 2358 from the IMBB. I was like "WTF MATE?!" and we chatted for a while about the band and whatnot. So that was cool.

Then came Sanctuary. Fuck. Yes. These guys really blew me away. The vocalist was really all about the crowd, he was always hangin with them and handing people the mic. He handed Overkiller the mic during Fear of the Dark to do the "Woooaah, wooooahh, woooah" part. That was cool. When I had talked to Mark Garcia online, he asked if I had any requests, so I requested my favorite Maiden song, Rime of the Ancient Mariner. So before they played the song, the band pointed to me and said "This is for you. Rime of the Ancient Mariner." That really got me pumped. Now, through the entire 13 minutes of that song, there are about 3 line that I can never remember. At one point, the singer came over to me and gave me the mic ... at one of those three lines. I didn't know what to say so I quick made something up, which sounded maybe right, but I dont even remember what it was. I was so embarassed. Another thing, it was really weird, after Wasted Years, they had to pause -- the band just found out the guitarist's wife had been kicked out of the club. We really dont know what happened or how it ended, but after a short break they continued. So, here's their set:

1. Churchill's Speech / Aces High
2. 2 Minute to Midnight
3. Wasted Years
4. Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)
5. The Wicker Man
6. The Evil That Men Do
7. The Prisoner
8. Children of the Damned
9. Fear of the Dark
10. The Trooper
11. Rime of the Ancient Mariner
12. Run to the Hills - Queen of the Ryche's vocalist sang
13. Hallowed Be Thy Name

After the show, the three of us got pictures with the band, which I will post as soon as I get them. I also got a picture with 2358. Here are the pictures I took with my camera phone, crappy quality, I know:

Queen of the Ryche:


If any of you ever get the chance to see either (or both) of these bands, do NOT pass it up.
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