Many bands have split or broken up over time, but perhaps none more ‘hotly’ contested and more watched than the turmoil in the Queensryche camp over the past few years.

The legal battle for the right to the legendary name that brought us amazing records such as Empire and Operation: Mindcrime drizzled through the courts while the fan base was split among the two factions both vying for the name.

This tumultuous battle finally came to an end this past week in what seems to be a winning solution for the respective parties, and more importantly, the life long fans who have been waiting for this day with great anticipation.

With singer Todd La Torre firmly entrenched as the new front man of the band along with Parker Lundren filling in on guitar duties, Queensryche has breathed a new life into its soul. Founding members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, and Michael Wilton have never looked more alive on stage in the past decade than they do now.

Their self-titled 2013 release was critically acclaimed as a triumphant return to the core roots of the band. We took time to speak with founding guitarist Michael Wilton over the phone today in Seattle, where he was spending time to clear his mind, rejuvenate, and focus on the writing process of the highly anticipated album due out from the band in summer 2015 while preparing to tour throughout the rest of the year.

Michael Wilton Interview:

Upcoming 2014 tour dates:
May 23 KLPX Desert Rocks Beach Bash Tucson, AZ
May 24 Speaking Rock Casino / Entertainment Center El Paso, TX
Jun 04 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden
Jun 06 Soaring Eagle Casino Mt Pleasant, MI
Jun 07 Harley Davidson of Salt Lake City w/ Royal Bliss Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 13 JJ Resort Rothbury, MI
Jun 21 “Rock the Falls” w/ Lynam Idaho Falls, ID
Jul 19 Waukesha County Fair Waukesha, WI
Aug 08 Rockin’ The Rivers Three Forks, MT
Aug 31 Farm Rock 2014 Wauconda, IL
Oct 11 Eastside Cannery Casino Las Vegas, NV

Queensryche online:

Images by Mick McDonald from Saginaw, MI – 2013


About The Author

Hailing from Boston and now residing in the Metro Detroit area, Mick has spent several years photographing concerts and interviewing musicians in the music industry. After spending a few years shooting and writing for, he founded and started the National Rock Review in the fall of 2013. Recruiting staffers from around the world, he has led the National Rock Review team in to a respected and established publication in the online music news/press industry in a short period of time.

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