Forbidden and SpiralArms guitarist Craig Locicero has just posted the following info regarding the upcoming album by Geoff Tate’s version of Queensrÿche. The album now includes contributions from him along with drummer Paul Bostaph, Y&T’s Dave Meniketti and others. Meanwhile the official lineup of the band (photo above) has Tate along with bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Kelly Gray, keyboardist Randy Gane and new additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo and drummer Simon Wright.
“I guess the cat is out of the proverbial bag. Nikki Blakk has announced that Paul Bostaph and I have played most of the music on Geoff Tate’s Queensryche record. It is being mixed by Jason Slater as I type this and it is WAY HEAVIER then most anyone is expecting!
Geoff and Jason have been nothing but awesome to us and it gave Paul and I a chance to contribute together on a metal record once again. I was working on it for a few weeks and play on every song. There are kick ass solo contributions from Dave Meniketti, Ty Tabor, Brad Gillis, KK Downing and Chris Cannella. As well as bass played by Rudy Sarzo and more drums from Simon Write. It’s some great company to be around and it was an honor to be a part of it.
I know what the perception of the Queensryche camp is and I really don’t give a f*ck. QR was one of my favorite bands from the EP through Operation Mindcrime. When I was approached about doing the record I did contemplate all of the turmoil, but I love a challenge. I accepted the challenge and think Geoff has a kick ass record to deliver the fans…in spite of what some may expect. The songs are cool, classy and in some cases stupidly heavy!
So there you have it. I am not IN Queensryche, SpiralArms is still my baby with a killer record to be released very soon. So Geoff has a touring line-up ready to go this Summer. I’m simply stoked to have put some my riff-age in the mix with once of Heavy Metal’s most recognizable and classic voices.”