Hey all, sorry for the very late check-in, wound up at the Rainbow room after, and you know ho w that goes...
The show was great. Scott and Todd did a great job on the show. They played a clip of Tate's appearance and asked them to respond to him "wanting to sit down in a room with those gentlemen and understand." Scott basically took a lot of the response basically saying that they tried to sit down and talk several times but Geoff never showed up for whatever reason. Brazil was the icing on the cake and that they just felt that a parting of ways was best for everyone. Nothing said was really new, but cool non-the-less.
Todd did answer a question about his feelings towards Geoff, but unfortunately I missed most of his response because they picked me out of the audience to ask Dave Mustaine a question, so I was backstage and couldn't hear that well. What I could make out was Todd being the class act that he is, and stating that Tate was a huge inspiration for him and he and nothing bad to say about him and isn't trying to replace him, but just doing the best that he can being the singer for the new Queensryche. Love this guy.
I did notice that Ed and Parker were joking around and laughing a lot together which was great. They seemed to really get along, with further emphasizes my feelings that Parker is Queensryche.
The best part, however, was during recording breaks the DJ would play music and he played about 2 minutes of two other tracks from the new album. Whip, Ed and Parker were actually sitting right in front me me for a while and I spoke to Whip briefly (who was as nice and awesome as ever) who confirmed the first song played as SPORE. I didn't get to ask him what the second track was but I think it was FALLOUT based on the lyrics I heard ... "After the fall, after the fall."
As for the new tracks, they both had the "feel" of Redemption but sounded much more Mindcrime/Promised Land to me. The two minutes I heard, I loved way more than Redemption (which I really like). Very riffy, very Wilton. Spore was pretty heavy and stomping and the line that I recall was "Prisoner of War." The track that I believe was Fallout was much more Promised Land feeling. Kind of a dark vibe, with a slower section. Maybe the epic Parker track he spoke of. I really, really liked what I heard from these two songs. They sounded very deep and powerful to me.
I tried to absorb the few minutes I heard, but it's really hard. I wanted to remember more of the lyrics, but unfortunately that's all I can recall! Maybe after a good night's sleep I'll remember more!
I had what I thought were 2 killer Stump the Trunk questions about Queensryche, but they didn't pick me.
Sorry for the disjointed rambling, it's 4 in the morning and I've had quite a few bevvies. I'll check in tomorrow and update after said night's sleep.