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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain View Post
    I wish I would have had easy access to learning like this many years ago.
    I hear ya, man! It's never too late, so they say. I just joined the family at Mikes lessons, but I considered this TS course. Unfortunately, I've never really practiced so, I wouldn't want to spend all that money for nothing. With the Mikes lessons, I'm slowly getting in the habit(30 years too late) of actual practice, and not just playing to songs.

    Hopefully there will be many more of these kinds of things to come.

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    TODD LA TORRE Says SCOTT ROCKENFIELD 'May Not' Ever Come Back To QUEENSRčCHE

    QUEENSRčCHE singer Todd La Torre says that it was "logical" for him to lay down the drum tracks on the band's upcoming album, "The Verdict" after original drummer Scott Rockenfield made himself unavailable.

    "I'm friends with Scott," Todd said during an appearance on "The MetalSucks Podcast" (hear audio below). "I toured with him for five years. I did two records with him. I'm very familiar and very aware of some of the things that he does Ś a lot of the things that he does. So I recorded the drums, and I decided to show more reservation than to overplay. There's a lot of things I would have done more, but I didn't want to try to show off more drumming and do things just because I knew that everyone would hear it, and what will they think of my drumming, so I need to show it off. I wanted to just write drum parts that make sense for the songs, play fills that are appropriate, show the dynamics with some hi-hat work and some of the cymbal work that Scott would do Ś the double china, the alternating between the ride and the hi-hat. Certain things that are just very unique to the sound of QUEENSRčCHE on the drums. And some things I did that I know he would never play, but that was just me having a little fun with a few things. But otherwise, I really tried to maintain the integrity of what I think sounds appropriate for QUEENSRčCHE. And I wanted to create memorable parts that people can learn. I didn't wanna make it complicated. I didn't wanna play a drum fill every time there's a space to fill it with drums. I thought that too many are overplaying these days, and some of my favorite songs don't have a lot of overplaying. I mean, 'Empire' and '[Operation:]Mindcrime', those are very deliberate drum parts. And everything on this record that was played was done with a purpose. And until you peel the layers back to the songs and see where the kick drum is placed in relation to the vocal, in relation to the guitar riff, only then would you really understand and probably appreciate the placement of where the drum parts are the way they are Ś where they went and why. So I'm sure I'll catch a lot of criticism for what I did, but I'll also hopefully catch some promising positive words for what I did. And all I can say is I did double duty on the record, and no one can fault me for putting in the hard work and showing up."

    For the past 22 months, Rockenfield has been taking time off from QUEENSRčCHE's touring activities to spend time with his young son, who was born in early 2017. Filling in for him has been former KAMELOT drummer Casey Grillo.

    Todd, who has played drums since the age of 13, admitted that Rockenfield "may not [ever] come back" to QUEENSRčCHE. "I don't know, 'cause I don't talk to him," he said.


    The singer also addressed disapproval from some fans over the fact that QUEENSRčCHE's current lineup only features guitarist Michael Wilton and bassist Eddie Jackson from the band's original incarnation.

    "Some people go, 'Oh, they're only down to two [original] members right now.' Well, so what?" Todd said. "We wish that Scott would have come back earlier. But ALICE IN CHAINS has two [original] members. ACCEPT has one member. JUDAS PRIEST has two members. FATES WARNING has one member. There's a lot of bands still putting out really great music that are kicking ***. It's not about one person. It's not about me. It's not about Michael or Scott or anybody else; it's about the collective. I think that this record shows that the strength lies in all of us participating and pulling all of our creative elements to share with each other."

    He continued: "If people say, 'Well, what is QUEENSRčCHE gonna sound like without Scott?' 'The Verdict' is exactly what QUEENSRčCHE sounds like without his participation at all. However, Scott is a great songwriter; he's a cool guy; he's a great drummer; he has a lot of great ideas. That being said, this record, in my opinion, is better than some records that had the entire original lineup in the band. This is a way better record Ś in my opinion Ś than '[Operation:]Mindcrime II' or 'Dedicated To Chaos' that had outside writers. So, I think that there's a little too much emphasis placed on having this all-original thing. I mean, yeah, we still have two very important, crucial, original founding members of this band playing in QUEENSRčCHE."

    Todd added: "The music will speak for itself, and if people give the music a chance without their biases, I think that they'll be happy. If you didn't know that Scott didn't play on the record and he said that he played on it, people would hear those drums totally different. They would say, 'Man, this kicks ***.' They would never question it Ś because they [would] know it's Scott. They would never question it."

    "The Verdict" will arrive on March 1 via Century Media Records. The disc was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, ICED EARTH, HATEBREED) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, Washington; Planet-Z in Wilbraham, Massachusetts; and Watershed Studio in Seattle, Washington.

    QUEENSRčCHE's spring U.S. headline tour with special guests FATES WARNING will kick off on March 2 in Orlando, making stops in major markets such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and will wrap on April 3 in Seattle. THE CRINGE will join both bands on select dates.
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    Wow. Todd just vented and dropped the mic!
    Way Too Much Crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by JY Kelly View Post
    Wow. Todd just vented and dropped the mic!
    This is the first time I have ever seen him speak in a somewhat pointed way (going back to his Crimson Glory days). He's always come across as very humble and unassuming.

    On a different note, they misspelled the name of the city where the album was mixed. It's Lynnwood, with 2 "n"s. I know this & thought I'd bring it up, because that is where I live, at least it's what my mailing address is. I've heard Sanctuary was originally from here but have never been able to confirm or disprove that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Foreman View Post
    This is the first time I have ever seen him speak in a somewhat pointed way (going back to his Crimson Glory days). He's always come across as very humble and unassuming.

    On a different note, they misspelled the name of the city where the album was mixed. It's Lynnwood, with 2 "n"s. I know this & thought I'd bring it up, because that is where I live, at least it's what my mailing address is. I've heard Sanctuary was originally from here but have never been able to confirm or disprove that one.
    Well you get to work on that research Mike.
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    He and all of these other players in bands who have one or two members may just be putting out good music, but it’s not these classic bands they are supposedly representing. These guys need to have some balls and call their new project what it is, a new band that needs a new name. That’s asking too much from these guys.

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    So they're friends but they don't talk to each other?

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    Every once in a while I'm reminded Mindcrime is one of the greatest albums of all time.
    "Why is that mirror sneezing?"



    "Ah, look, it's just an old, creaky mirror, y'know, sometimes it sounds a little like it's sneezing, or coughing, or talking softly."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheElectricCompany View Post
    Every once in a while I'm reminded Mindcrime is one of the greatest albums of all time.
    Definitely a top 5 of mine from the 80’s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWH View Post
    Definitely a top 5 of mine from the 80’s.
    It tells a story that was eerily prescient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheElectricCompany View Post
    Every once in a while I'm reminded Mindcrime is one of the greatest albums of all time.
    It is. Probably my favorite album ever.
    Quote Originally Posted by JY Kelly View Post
    Wow. Todd just vented and dropped the mic!
    Yeah. He's been tapdancing around this issue in interviews for a while now. I'm sure he gets hounded with it all the time. He's kept it really positive mostly, and even now. They have been using Kamelot's drummer for touring in Scott's absence, and I appreciate them not wanting to use him for the album because they expected Scott to come back.
    Todd has said in interviews that he tries to play in Scott's style so that when he comes back he shouldn't have to adjust to playing differently. I mean, Todd has said that there is a Queensryche style of playing to fit the song that he tries to honor that. I guess now that he is going to get credit for the drumming he is thinking he could have played differently because Scott might not be coming back.
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    The Wildhearts (who Thrush & I have mentioned in recent months), back to their classic line up, have just released the first song from their upcoming album. Those riffs, bass, and drums - what a return to form!


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