I've seen some chatter on social media sites questioning why QR's set is only 90 minutes (thereabouts).
I'm wondering what folks think about it.
My opinion is 90 minutes is fine for the band for a number of reasons:
First -- I don't believe Todd is a true tenor. As some vocal examiners have noted, he's more of a high baritone. Meaning he has to work his voice harder then a natural tenor would to sing these songs in the original key. Back in his prime, Tate was a natural tenor and it was easier to go up into the stratosphere for notes. High baritones (think Ray Alder of Fates Warning or Corey Glover of Living Colour) can have that high range, but it takes more work to get there.
The fact the band has experimented with longer sets (Halfway Jam), I think they are trying to find the right length and mix of material. Todd is one hell of a singer, but you're at the mercy of what you are. He can hit all the notes with ease, but it takes a lot more effort if your natural speaking voice is in a lower key.
Second -- Look at the f'in set list. There really are no breaks in there. The only vocal breaks come when the Empire stuff is done at the end. Todd is wailing from the get-go. If you're going to do that type of set, it naturally should be shorter.
People forget -- Queensryche, back in 1987, with the EP, Warning and Rage to draw from, only played 80, 85 minute headline sets. They didn't play two hours. They did on the Mindcrime album headline shows (or got close, 110 minutes), but as people have keenly noticed...Geoff was struggling to hit many of the notes he hit with ease just two years earlier.
Will the set lengthen? I don't think it NEEDS to, as 90 minutes is perfectly acceptable these days, but it may, particularly if they start incorporating some more Empire and PL tunes, which will give Todd's voice a bit of a rest. Not to mention some new tunes as they get the album done and are ready to play them live.
What are your thoughts? Obviously, we're all greedy music lovers. I'd love to see QR go out and do 2 hour sets every night. But unlike a certain other singer that talks his way through songs and doesn't even bother stretching his voice to hit notes, Todd is wailing away night after night. Do you want 90 minutes of that, or 125 minutes of talking?
I know what I'd pick...