It’s been a turbulent few years in the Queensrÿche camp. With the well-publicised split with original vocalist Geoff Tate and the bitter fallout that followed now behind them, the Seattle band are entering a new chapter in their three-decade career. Supporting the release of acclaimed new album ‘Condition Hüman’ – their second with vocalist Todd La Torre – the five-piece have hit the road in the USA with The Scorpions for a run of sold-out dates in some of the country’s biggest arenas. We caught up with bassist Eddie Jackson in Rosemont, Illinois to discuss the new album, the highs and lows of Queensrÿche history, and the band’s plans for 2016. Walking the thin line: Eamon O’Neill.
Tonight’s bill proves, if nothing else, that Camden was made for live music. Three fantastic bands all finding a resurgence in their careers and clearly loving every sweat soaked metal minute of it.
Well the songwriting is progressing quite well, we have fifteen ideas right now and we are still writing. We are looking to get into the studio sometime in the fall here, and hopefully have a new Queensryche album probably April or May. First quarter of 2015
I mean this is what we love to do and it just works better when you have the communication open between everybody and that decisions aren’t being made behind your back”
At this point in my life, I would really like to work with people that I admire and people that are great players. And people that I share a creative bond with. And that’s very, very important to me. I spent 30 years with a group of people that didn’t share that. And so, it’s really a pleasure to play with enthusiastic, happy people who are really good players.
For all the pressures and hype and expectations, we’ve got the start of something really good here. If you’re like me you are definitely wanting more, which says they have done the job they set out to.