Niagara Gazette

April 17, 2014

JENNINGS: One of two Queensrÿche's in town this weekend

By Thom Jennings
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The summer concert scene is filling in its final pieces, North Tonawanda’s Niagara River Rocks series should be announcing details of their series soon, and Artpark has announced they will reveal the rest of what is already the best lineup in Western New York, on April 28. Tickets for their remaining shows going on sale May 3.

In the meantime, Artpark announced one more show, 3 Doors Down, who recently put on a great acoustic show at the Seneca Events Center, will be part of the Coors Light Wednesday series. That show takes place on July 23.

This weekend has a few interesting shows on tap, including Queensrÿche, who will be at The Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda on Friday night.

If you have not been following the Queensrÿche saga over the last few years, it is an interesting story to say the least.

Currently there are two unique lineups of the progressive heavy metal band touring under the Queensrÿche moniker until a judge can settle who owns the rights to the band’s name. The band’s major problems began in 2012 when the band fired lead singer Geoff Tate’s wife Susan, who had been the group’s manager since 2005, and his stepdaughter Miranda Tate, who was managing the band’s fan club. (Miranda Tate’s ex-husband is Queensrÿche guitarist Parker Lundgren.)

Needless to say, this caused a bit of friction between Geoff and the other members of the band, and after some highly publicized squabbling and backstage fighting, the band fired Geoff Tate and replaced him with Todd LaTorre.’

Tate eventually formed his own Queensrÿche, and the remaining members with LaTorre — the version that will be at the Riviera Theatre — continued to tour under the Queensrÿche name as well. Both lineups have released albums within the last year.

This is hardly the first time that two bands have toured with the same name, Asia, Bad Company, Great White and L.A Guns all had two different lineups until issues were sorted out in court.

Tickets for the Todd La Torre Queensrÿche lineup are $34 in advance, and $39 day of show. Call the Riviera Box office at 692-2413 for ticket availability.

On Saturday, Paul Anka will be at the Seneca Niagara Events Center for a sold-out show. Anka is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and actor. My favorite Anka song is the timeless classic “Put Your Head on My Shoulder.” He also wrote the theme to “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson” and the lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

For the show on a tank of gas, save the gas and the cover charge and head over to the Hard Rock in Niagara Falls on Friday night and catch Bruce Wojick and the Struggle, who are appearing as part of the free music Friday’s at The Hard Rock. Ask Bruce to play your favorite Quill song!

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.