Gallery: Queensryche Rocks Irving Plaza

Queensryche were in town Tuesday night for part deux of their tour supporting 2015’s Condition Human. I was always a huge Queensryche fan through the Geoff Tate era, and his unceremonious firing back in 2012 no doubt left a void in the band. That void was ultimately filled by former Crimson Glory frontman Todd La Torre, who stepped in to record the band’s self-titled 2013 release and has been on the road and recording with the band ever since.

Naturally, being a Geoff Tate fan, I was skeptical to hear the band live for the first time with a new-ish singer at the helm, especially performing the classics. The new material from Condition Human was obviously recorded with La Torre in mind, while anyone who grew up listening to Queensryche knows the hits such as Jet City WomanEyes of a Stranger, Operation: Mindcrime and Empire (still my favorite Queensryche song) would obviously sound different. How different? Only catching them live could answer that, and the answer is that Queensryche sounds very different, but very good. It’s not Geoff Tate‘s Queensryche, and probably never will be again, but Todd La Torre is awesome and puts his own spin on the hits. He was great in Crimson Glory and so far, so good with Queensryche.

Check out the gallery below.

Parker Lundgren of Queensryche has some fun with the camera while Michael Wilton shreds at Irving Plaza, NYC