Queensrÿche started as The Mob in 1981, by guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield, guitarist Chris DeGarmo and bassist Eddie Jackson. Without a singer, they recruited Geoff Tate to sing for them at a local rock festival. At the time, Tate was in another band called Babylon. After Babylon broke up, Tate performed a few shows with The Mob, but left the group. In 1981, The Mob put together sufficient funds to record a demo tape. Once again they asked Tate, who was in another band Myth (10), to do the vocals and they recorded four songs “Queen of the Reich”, “Nightrider”, “Blinded”, and “The Lady Wore Black”.

As the name “The Mob” was not available, they decided to name the band Queensryche after the first song on their demo tape, “Queen of the Reich”. In 1983, Queensryche released their demo tape as a self-titled EP "Queensryche". After the EP garnered international praise, receiving much airplay and selling an unusual amount of copies for a small independent release, Tate agreed to leave Myth and become Queensrÿche’s permanent lead singer.

With the 1st full-length album "The Warning" in 1984 and their follow-up album "Rage For Order" in 1986, Queensryche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80's. The band received worldwide acclaim after the album "Operation: Mindcrime" in 1988, which is often considered one of the greatest concept albums of all time. The follow-up album in 1990 "Empire" was also very successful and included the hit single "Silent Lucidity". The band has received three Grammy Award nominations for songs off both albums; Rockenfield also received a Grammy nomination outside of Queensrÿche.

In 1997, guitarist and primary songwriter Chris DeGarmo left the band for personal reasons. Over the years, his replacements have been Kelly Gray, Mike Stone (5), and Parker Lundgren, respectively.

In a band meeting on April 12, 2012, which Tate did not attend, the band members discussed outsourcing the fanclub and merchandising, resulting in the firing of Tate’s stepdaughter, Miranda, from running the band’s fan club. Wilton, Rockenfield, and Jackson also fired the band manager, Susan Tate, because of ongoing “arguments and division” over decisions and “feelings that Susan Tate was not working on the behalf of the band as a whole.” On April 14, 2012, before the soundcheck for a show at the HSBC Arena in São Paulo, Brazil, Tate inquired with Wilton, Rockenfield, and Jackson why they had fired his wife and stepdaughter, and the other band members asked Tate questions about the deal with Zoetifex Studios.
Following that São Paulo incident, Tate was fired from the band and replaced with Crimson Glory singer Todd Latorre.

On June 12, Tate and his wife filed a lawsuit in a Seattle court against his former bandmates, claiming that he was illegally fired from the band. They also sought a preliminary injunction to prevent both the plaintiffs and the defendants from using the Queensrÿche name. On July 13, 2012, the Washington state superior court defeated this motion, as well as a motion for a preliminary summary judgment filed by the defendants. The court ruled that both parties may use the brand Queensrÿche until the next court date. As a result of the judge’s preliminary verdict, there were two versions of Queensrÿche for 2 years.

Geoff Tate fronted version of Queensrÿche (2) released their album Frequency Unknown on 23 April 2013.
Queensrÿche, the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre, Michael Wilton, Parker Lundgren, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield released their new self-titled album on 24 June 2013. “Queensryche” album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart.

It was revealed to the public on April 28, 2014 that Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson were given the exclusive rights to the Queensrÿche trademark and that Tate received the rights to Operation: Mindcrime (which has to this date made 2 albums).

Since that court decision two more albums from Queensrÿche have been released, Queensrÿche - Condition Hüman in 2015 and Queensrÿche - The Verdict in 2019.



KB 495 Queensrÿche - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Ronnie Dio* / Queensryche* Ronnie Dio* / Queensryche* - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting KB 495 US 1983 Sell This Version
1C 064 24 0220 1, 064 24 0220 1 Queensrÿche - The Warning album art Queensrÿche The Warning (Album) EMI America 1C 064 24 0220 1, 064 24 0220 1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
AML 3105 Queensrÿche - Rage For Order album art Queensrÿche Rage For Order (Album) EMI America AML 3105 UK 1986 Sell This Version
E4-48640 Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime album art Queensrÿche Operation: Mindcrime (Album) EMI-Manhattan Records E4-48640 US 1988 Sell This Version
795069-4 Queensrÿche - Empire album art Queensrÿche Empire (Album) EMI USA 795069-4 Chile 1990 Sell This Version
TOLW-3165 Queensrÿche - Operation: Livecrime album art Queensrÿche Operation: Livecrime (Album) EMI Records USA TOLW-3165 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
068 830711 1 Queensrÿche - Promised Land album art Queensrÿche Promised Land (Album) EMI Records USA 068 830711 1 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 56141 4 9 Queensrÿche - Hear In The Now Frontier album art Queensrÿche Hear In The Now Frontier (Album, Comp) EMI, EMI 7243 8 56141 4 9 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
7567-83225-4 Queensrÿche - Q2k album art Queensrÿche Q2k (Album) Atlantic 7567-83225-4 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
634 Queensrÿche - In The Studio album art Queensrÿche In The Studio(CDr, Promo, Transcription) The Album Network 634 USA & Canada 2000 Sell This Version
06076-84523-2 Queensrÿche - Live Evolution album art Queensrÿche Live Evolution (Album) Sanctuary Records 06076-84523-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
06076-84578-2 Queensrÿche - Tribe album art Queensrÿche Tribe (Album) Sanctuary Records 06076-84578-2 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
BCD-0077 Queensrÿche - Queensrÿche Digital Remaster 2003 Special Interview CD album art Queensrÿche Queensrÿche Digital Remaster 2003 Special Interview CD(CD, Promo, Cop) Toshiba EMI BCD-0077 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
06076-84694-2 Queensrÿche - The Art Of Live album art Queensrÿche The Art Of Live (Album) Sanctuary Records 06076-84694-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
8122733062 Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime II album art Queensrÿche Operation: Mindcrime II (Album) Rhino Records (2) 8122733062 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
72435-81068-2-4 Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime album art Queensrÿche Operation: Mindcrime(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Capitol Records, EMI 72435-81068-2-4 US 2006 Sell This Version
8122799599 Queensrÿche - Take Cover album art Queensrÿche Take Cover (Album) Rhino Records (2) 8122799599 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
R2 74838 Queensrÿche - Mindcrime At The Moore album art Queensrÿche Mindcrime At The Moore (Album) Rhino Records (2) R2 74838 US 2007 Sell This Version
8122-79872-6 Queensrÿche - American Soldier album art Queensrÿche American Soldier (Album) Rhino Records (2), ATCO Records 8122-79872-6 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
1686-17734-2 Queensrÿche - Dedicated To Chaos album art Queensryche* Dedicated To Chaos (Album) Roadrunner Records 1686-17734-2 Argentina 2011 Sell This Version
9983441 Queensrÿche - Queensrÿche album art Queensrÿche Queensrÿche (Album) Century Media 9983441 US 2013 Sell This Version
9985471 Queensrÿche - Condition Hüman album art Queensrÿche Condition Hüman (Album) Century Media 9985471 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
19075920691 Queensrÿche - The Verdict album art Queensrÿche The Verdict (Album) Century Media 19075920691 Europe 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

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SPRO-9040 Queensrÿche - Queen Of The Reich album art Queensrÿche Queen Of The Reich (Single) EMI America SPRO-9040 US 1983 Sell This Version

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January 9, 2018
edited over 5 years ago
There was once a time when Queensryche was a PERFECT BALANCE of talents. Geoff Tate and his HISTORICAL voice; Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton as masters of twins guitars and MUSICAL compositions; Rockenfield and Jackson (also Wilton) who's give BALLS and GOD TASTE to the overall music.
Queensryche whithout ANY of his talents is an absolutely forgettable bunch of musicians.


April 14, 2017
edited over 5 years ago
Their HM days were up to Empire only, these last releases (anything without Tate doesn't count in my world since he is the Q sound) are in the line of a heavier U2

Gin and Tonic needs both G & T which in this case means Geoff Tate which I always since the first EP considered metals #1 singer

Hoping for a reunion also with DeGarmo since he was the one behind the best songs with GT which one of the good songs on Dedicated to Chaos might describe "Big Noize"
the last song on that album and the hitherto last Q song, a band with an original lineup surviving for many years... Well all - DeGarmo, might again be + DeGarmo&Tate once more


November 2, 2015
edited over 7 years ago
Missing digital singles of "Welcome to the Machine" and "Get Started", both available on iTunes.
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