Revolution Calling is a box set of the complete EMI recordings – and one interactive video game – by Queensrÿche, the thinking-man's metal cum progressive hard rock band from Seattle. The package is slick in that all eight releases – nine discs in all – come in a tight, handsome black box with paper LP-styled covers for each album and a double gatefold version for the two-disc game Promised Land – a further extrapolation on an album of the same name.
Queensryche has partnered with Capitol/EMI for the September 14 release of an expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the band's triple platinum-certified album, Empire. The new 2CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 hit "Silent Lucidity," as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The 2CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring photos from the band's personal archive.After building a fan base with album and EP releases throughout the 1980s, including 1988's Operation: Mindcrime, Queensryche broke into the mainstream across North America and abroad with the 1990 release of Empire. In the U.S., the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and its hit ballad "Silent Lucidity" became a rotation staple at rock radio and on MTV, topping Billboard's Modern Rock singles chart and earning Queensryche the MTV Viewers Choice Award for the song's music video. Empire also made the U.K.'s Top 10, and the band headlined an 18-month "Building Empires" world tour, the band's longest trek to date.
At his heart Joe Bonamassa is a blues player and it was for this evening at Shepherd’s Bush Empire that he elected to put on a display highlighting his true love of the genre. Backed by a full horn section, Bonamassa rolled through blues-tinged stalwarts from his vast collection.
The Borderline, a small club in the heart of London was chosen to stage a revival of Bonamassa’s early career power-trio jam nights. Armed with a Fender Stratocaster – Bonamassa along with a single drummer and bassist launched into a setlist marked with extended takes of songs from his first set of albums including some never before performed live on stage.