Friday, August 12th
Metal: a solid, typically shiny material with good electrical conductivity. Heavy metal: highly distorted, callous sounding rock music with amplifier volume knobs twisted past eleven. How do the two relate? Characteristics of each definition surface in 20 plus year prog-metal veterans Queensryche, who blast ear-pulsating heavy metal with stellar conduction to hundreds of screaming fans nightly. Despite surviving in the cut-mic music business for two decades, Queensryche lead vocalist Geoff Tate still recognizes the difficulty in fostering creativity and inspiration out of the same band members he’s worked with throughout his career. In regards to playing in the band for the span of his musical livelihood, the singer says on the group’s website that “the problem when you’re in a creative environment is keeping things fresh and invigorating, and after working with the same people for 20 years, it gets very difficult—you walk into the room, and everybody knows what everybody is going to do.” All creative burdens aside, Queensryche’s 20 million album sales worldwide, 11 studio albums, and incessant concert tours quantify their success as metal musicians. Catch Queensryche’s performance at the Molson Canal Concert Series this Friday (Aug 12). —brett perla
5:30 to 11pm. Molson Canal Concert Series, Ulrich City Courtyard, 80 Main St., Lockport (canalconcerts.com). Free.