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Meeting Queensryche 1989

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So there we were, some former friends from high school I heading to Tracks at Ward’s Corner in Norfolk, VA to do the free meet and greet with Queensryche.  It was a nice warm afternoon in March.  Kirshon brought something to get signed but I don’t remember what exactly.  One of my friends brought his copy of their first EP and I had nothing.  I couldn’t find my Warning cassette so when we were getting out of Kirshon’s truck, I just grabbed a piece of notebook paper.

It was a remarkably small crowd if memory serves me correctly and the line moved quickly. I snapped a few photos and had them sign my sheet of paper, of which each one of them joked on.  When they got to my friend’s EP, Tate said, “Where have you been keeping this, in your back pocket?” He laughed and replied with, “Pretty much.”  They were all really nice guys and some of the nicest I’ve met in situations like this.  They were having fun with the people there and were constantly talking trash to each other.

Queensryche was touring with Metallica on their …And Justice For All/Operation Mindcrime tours, respectively.  By this time I was already done with Metallica.  I thought AJFA was a shitty album (still do!) and didn’t even really care for Mindcrime (still don’t!), but I figured I’d get to hear enough stuff from the previous 2 albums and the EP to satisfy me.  They did several from Mindcrime but it was fine.  They kicked ass and made Metallica look like amateurs.  Even Metallica’s older songs sounded like they came from AJFA. Blech!

My girlfriend’s little brother Ryan came with us to the show and I think he may have been 14 at the time.  He loved Queensryche so we took him.  We were all 4 on the barricade for Queensryche but during Metallica we moved back towards the sound board area and a big mosh pit broke out in front of us.  Ryan got sucked in and I could see the look of fear in his eyes so I ran into the pit and extracted him as quickly as I could.  To this day he still says, “thanks for saving my life that night!”  hahaha

Enjoy the photos.

DeGarmo and Rockenfield (click to enlarge)

Queensryche (click to enlarge)

Queensryche autographs...on notebook paper! (click to enlarge)

Written by The Metal Files

September 10, 2010 at 9:23 am