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Old 11-04-2006, 02:24 PM
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Queensryche -- Philadelphia, PA -- November 3rd, 2006

Alright, time to write another review... Last night marks the fourth time I've seen Queensryche since the beginning of 2005. I must say that all 4 shows have been excellent.
Now, I was very very optimistic about this show, being that I found Operation : Mindcrime II to be a whole lot forgetable money-grabbing "meh" material. We'll get to my opinion at the end of the review.

So, my 2 friends and myself left around 11 AM, and were down in the area by about quarter after 12. Scott Rockenfield and Mike Wilton were doing a free meet and greet at the Sam Ash music store outside the King of Prussia Mall. We took a few detours, but got there around quarter of 1. (Meet and Greet started at 1). There were 10-15 people in front of us in line, and by the time it started, about 10 more people showed up. The guys were awesome. Two of the nicest "famous" people I've ever met actually. I brought the booklets for all my Ryche CDs (everything up to Empire) and the little insert from my original Video Mindcrime VHS. The band actually seemed like we were dissapointed that we didn't bring more stuff to get signed. Very nice guys, we all got pictures with them.
We were out of there by like 1:30, and then went down to South Street in Philly where we picked up some CDs and such, ate, and met up with my sister (goes to college in Philly). The 4 of us then left for the Electric Factory around quarter after 4.
We got down to the Electric Factory and parked by around 4:30. Doors didn't open until 7:30. Yes, this means that we stood outside in line for 3 hours solid. It was also DAMN cold out. Towards the end, we started trading off and having 2 people go to the car and 2 people hold our place in line. By the way, there were only 2 people in front of us.
Doors opened around 7:30, and our long wait in frigid cold payed off. The 4 of us were front row, dead center. Best spots in the house. Finally.
Show started fairly promptly around 8:30. Most people probably already know the whole deal of Mindcrime live. The album is a classic and a masterpiece, they have actors and videos to enhance the story. Sister Mary never fails to get sluttier every time... but frankly, who cares.
-30 minute intermission-
Now, as I said, I am not a fan of O:M II, so seeing the whole thing live didn't seem very appetizing to me. I must admit, I like a few songs a good bit more than I did prior to the show, but don't get me wrong, I disliked a bunch of songs even more. The stage show though, was downright awesome. Better than the one for the original Mindcrime. There were all sorts of great things going on... like the throwing of fake money during I'm America. I got $71 in Mindcrime money! Also, there's great props and shit for songs, such as Hostage. And lastly, during Murder?, Nikki kills Doctor X, and when the gun goes off, fake blood shoots out of it. My friends and myself got a bit on us, which was really fucking cool. However, I do not change my opinion on the fact that after that song, the album goes downhill, fast.
Anyway, the band then came back for their encore. The played Empire first, so I can't complain, I've always loved that song, and it never fails to be a great live track. After that, Tate asked the audience what we wanted to hear, and my friends and I started a big chant for Take Hold of the Flame, and we actually had a whole lot of people going "TAKE HOLD!"...The band actually gathered around, like they were changing what they were gonna play, and Tate said: "Alright, you got!"... but no. They played Jet City Woman. Not a bad song, but it's not the kind of song I want to hear with this little slots in the set, let alone as a closer. Neverthless, twas good.

So overall, great show, but at this point I expect this from the band. Every show has been great in it's own way and this was no exception.

Queensryche set list:
Operation : Mindcrime
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Operation : Mindcrime II
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Empire
Jet City Woman

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Old 11-04-2006, 02:30 PM
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Sweet deal

Only a little over a week and I get to see 'em again. Don't feel bad though, we got "Last Time In Paris" as our final encore (but we did get "Walk in the Shadows" as the first one, which makes up for it )
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You were supposed to be converted to loving O:M II

Glad you enjoyed it as much as you did though. Two more weeks!
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You were supposed to be converted to loving O:M II

Glad you enjoyed it as much as you did though. Two more weeks!
Somehow I figured you'd still bitch about that. Just remember. For two more week, I will have seen your favorite band 3 times more than you.

... oh... and met 2 of the members.
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I actually went away from the show liking OM:2 even more than before. Did you at least enjoy the guitar solos?
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I actually went away from the show liking OM:2 even more than before. Did you at least enjoy the guitar solos?
I have to admit, Stone is a lot better when he's playing his own guitar solos. A lot of his solos on the new album are very good. I'm just a very very big DeGarmo fan, so being that he plays his solos very well, it's still just not the same for me... I don't think he fits the band.

But the thing is... I'm not really gonna change my complete opinion on thealbum after seeing it live. If I like something, I might like it even more... but if I don't like something, there's a very very slim chance I'll like it just cause I saw it live. I probably like it slightly more, but I'm still not crazy about.
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I have to admit, Stone is a lot better when he's playing his own guitar solos. A lot of his solos on the new album are very good. I'm just a very very big DeGarmo fan, so being that he plays his solos very well, it's still just not the same for me... I don't think he fits the band.

But the thing is... I'm not really gonna change my complete opinion on thealbum after seeing it live. If I like something, I might like it even more... but if I don't like something, there's a very very slim chance I'll like it just cause I saw it live. I probably like it slightly more, but I'm still not crazy about.
I agree. Stone has a different style than DeGarmo and does not play his solos the same. I miss that but I don't really miss DeGarmo. He was drifting into strange musical territory by the time he left QR. I think Stone did a great job on OM:2 and the solos were awesome live. And it goes without saying that he does a better job on DeGarmo's solos than Kelly Grey ever did.
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I thought Stone did a great job on the classic 'ryche stuff too.
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I agree. Stone has a different style than DeGarmo and does not play his solos the same. I miss that but I don't really miss DeGarmo. He was drifting into strange musical territory by the time he left QR. I think Stone did a great job on OM:2 and the solos were awesome live. And it goes without saying that he does a better job on DeGarmo's solos than Kelly Grey ever did.
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I saw Kelly Gray play with Slave to the System.

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