Queensr˙che Salutes The Troops With AMERICAN SOLDIER
Posted by Michael Mueller on January 27, 2009 at 12:02 PM
Queensrÿche envisions war through the eyes of a soldier with the band's twelfth studio release, the epic concept album American Soldier, due out on Atco/Rhino March 31. The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group's singer and chief songwriter, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts -- from World War II to Iraq -- Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the front lines into an unflinching musical examination of the life of a solider and the consequences of war.
Tate, Michael Wilton (guitar), Ed Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) recorded the album in 2008 over the course of nine months. The idea for American Soldier, Tate says, came from hearing stories from fans that are veterans, as well as his own father, who served in both Korea and Vietnam. "My father was a career military man, but until very recently he never spoke about what he went through. I think that reticence is true of a lot of veterans, which means most people never truly understand what it means to be a soldier at war. Hearing what he and some of our fans have endured made me want to share their stories with the world. This is an album about the soldiers, for the soldiers, as told by the soldiers themselves."
Soon after the release of American Soldier, Queensrÿche will launch an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009. The shows will be presented in three suites, with the band performing sets from American Soldier, Rage For Order, and Empire.
American Soldier track listing:
- "Hundred Mile Stare"
- "At 30,000 ft."
- "A Dead Man's Words"
- "The Killer"
- "Middle Of Hell"
- "If I Were King"
- "Man Down!"
- "Remember Me"
- "Home Again"
- "The Voice"