Queensryche is a progressive heavy metal band that has been around since the 1980’s. Since then, they have released fifteen studio albums with the newest one The Verdict released on March 1st. Queensryche have been touring non-stop since their formation and have delivered many classic albums and songs to rock and metal fanatics. They announced a tour with Fates Warning which was sure to be a great package. The Los Angeles stop was at the Fonda Theatre which had a nice turnout of fans even before Fates Warning came out on stage.
Fates Warning is a progressive metal band that has also been around since the 1980’s. In 2016, they released their twelfth studio album titled Theories of Flight. Fates Warning came out and started the show with the first track from the new album, From the Rooftops. Fates Warning was full of energy and delivered classic heavy metal to the audience. The next track was Life in Still Water from their 1991 Parallels album. Vocalist Ray Alder made note on how he’s had people telling him all tour that they’ve never heard of Fates Warning, so he had to introduce the band to the audience for good measure. Fates Warning continued to play classics and new tracks such as A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part III, Seven Stars, Pieces of Me and The Eleventh Hour. After a crushing set, Fates Warning finished up their show with Point of View then left the stage properly warming up the audience for the headlining act of the night.
The lights went out and the audience cheered as Queensryche made their way to the stage and started the show with the first track from the new album, Blood of the Levant. Fans were ecstatic to have Queensryche return for a headlining tour. The next song was I Am I followed by NM 156. Queensryche have been enjoying success with their current singer Todd La Torre since 2012. Before then, Queensryche was fronted by Geoff Tate who had an infamous altercation with the band which resulted in his termination. Queensryche has now released three albums with La Torre and show no signs of slowing down. The show continued as Queensryche played classics like Queen of the Reich, Silent Lucidity and Take Hold of the Flame. Fans seemed to enjoy Queensryche as they raised their horns and sang along. Queensryche ended their show with one of their popular hits Eyes of a Stranger from their critically-acclaimed concept album, Operation: Mindcrime. Queensryche left the stage and all seemed quiet for a bit. Fans cheered as thy clearly weren’t ready to go home on this Friday night. After a quick break, Queensryche came back out for some encores. The first encore was Light-years. Now, it was time for Queensryche to bring out the big hits as they next played one of their most popular hits, Jet City Woman. Fans cheered some more and sang along to the chorus. The grand finale of the night was another one of their popular hits, Empire. This night was ruled by two amazing metal bands and lots of happy faces and smiles were seen once Queensryche left the stage.