is an American heavy metal / progressive metal band formed in 1981 in Bellevue, Washington. The band has released ten studio albums and an EP and continues to tour and record.
Queensr˙che has sold over 20 million albums worldwide including over 11 million albums and videos in the United States
The foundations for Queensr˙che began in the early 1980s. Guitarist Michael Wilton and drummer Scott Rockenfield were members of a band called Cross+Fire, who covered songs from popular heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Before long Cross+Fire added guitarist Chris DeGarmo and bassist Eddie Jackson to their lineup, and changed their name to The Mob. The Mob, who were without a singer, recruited Geoff Tate
to sing for them at a local rock festival. At the time, Tate was
already in a band called Babylon. After Babylon broke up Tate performed
a few shows with The Mob, but left because he was not interested in
performing heavy metal.
In 1981, The Mob put together sufficient funds to record a demo
tape. Once again, Tate was enlisted to help. The group recorded four
songs - "Queen of the Reich," "Nightrider," "Blinded" and "The Lady
Wore Black." The group brought their demo to various labels and were
rejected by all of them. Tate also was still committed to staying in
his then-current band, Myth.
At the urging of their new manager, The Mob changed their name to
Queensr˙che (reportedly inspired by the first song on their demo). They
were the third band (preceded by Blue Öyster Cult and Motörhead) to apply the heavy metal umlaut to their name. As Tate later joked: "The umlaut over the 'y' has haunted us for years. We spent eleven years trying to explain how to pronounce it."
The demo tape was widely circulated and received a glowing review in Kerrang! Magazine. On the strength of the growing buzz surrounding them, Queensr˙che released the demo tape as a self-titled EP
on their own 206 Records label in 1983. Based on the success of the EP,
Tate agreed to leave Myth and become Queensr˙che's permanent lead
That same year, the band signed to EMI who re-released the EP, Queensr˙che
, to moderate success, peaking at #81 on the Billboard
charts. They had never played together live before the band was signed.
When this EP was eventually released on CD several years later, a 5th
track, titled "Prophecy", was added to the tracklist; this was a song
performed live by the band circa 1983 (and was included on the 1984 "Live in Tokyo"
home video), and in 2003 was included on the remastered edition of The
Warning as a bonus track. The track appearing on the CD release of the
EP was recorded during the "Rage For Order" sessions (and is not the
same version of the song which appears on the soundtrack for the movie,
"The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years").