QUEENSRŸCHE was forced to cancel his concert Friday night (March 10) at the Scout Bar in Houston, Texas a few minutes before the band was scheduled to take the stage, reportedly as a singer Todd LaTower was ill and could not perform. The following night’s show at the House Of Blues in Dallas, Texas was also scrapped, apparently for the same reason.
QUEENSRŸCHE has yet to issue an official statement explaining the cancellations.
Last year, Tower was asked in an interview with Sonic Perspectives if he wanted to QUEENSRŸCHE fans had completely embraced him after he’d been in the band for a decade. He replied: “Look, there’s always an asshole who doesn’t like what I do. But I think after 10 years, I’ve proven myself as an asset to the band. I think I’ve been able to contribute in a lot of ways, whether it’s helping with art, helping with… I mean, just the whole creative process I’m fully involved in with the guys. But I think the majority of the people who support the band or supported the band dig what we And we’ve had a lot of good opportunities that the band hadn’t had in a while. So I think we’re doing things in the right direction.”
He continued: “But yeah, there’s always going to be someone who’s going to say something negative. But I don’t care about them. I care about people who… And after 10 years of this and a few years of CRIMSON GLORY dealing with it too, I have heard it all; I’ve seen it all. No one will come up with anything that will hurt my feelings or make me feel… What they say is not original; people said that 11 years ago. At least come up with something original. But yeah, people seem to really dig what we’re doing. And no complaints in general.”
Tower was lead singer for CRIMSON GLORY from late 2010 until he resigned from the band in early 2013. IN 2012, Todd became a household name in the metal world when he officially became the new lead singer for QUEENSRŸCHE. The band immediately began touring globally and began writing new material for the 2013 self-titled album “Queensrÿche”. To date, QUEENSRŸCHE has released four studio albums with Tower: “Queensrÿche”, “Condition Hüman” (2015),“The Judgment” (2019) and “Digital Noise Alliance” (2022).
last June, Todd told the “Metal From The Inside” podcast about the criticism he and his bandmates have faced in the decade since he joined the group as a replacement for Tate: “First of all, people have to remember: I was a big fan of this band, too. So I get it. People are like, ‘Oh, no (Chris) DeGarmo (original QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist). Oh no Geoff. And now Scott‘s (Rockenfieldoriginal QUEENSRŸCHE drummer) don’t play with them,’ and blah blah blah. I understand the purist mentality. At the same time, if people don’t get along, or if people just don’t want to do it anymore for whatever reason… Some people say, ‘Oh, they should have just stopped the name and continued under RISING WEST,” he said, referring to the name he and the other members of QUEENSRŸCHE card executed under before Tate was officially fired from the band. “You say, wait a minute – you still have Michael Wilton (guitar) and Eddie Jackson (bass), which is a lot, they are founding members of this band. they’re supposed to just throw away their legacy and the name they’ve spent their whole lives building because a percentage of the original guys aren’t in the band anymore? Like, fuck you! They have every right (to continue as QUEENSRŸCHE). They own the name. It’s their band.
“Obviously when I came in I felt, ‘Oh my God. This is a lot to live up to’.” Tower admitted. “But I’ve already been through that when I was inside CRIMSON GLORY. From day one there were people saying how terrible I sound, how I don’t have the stage presence, how I don’t have the richness in my voice or whatever. And it’s been 13 years since I’ve had (people making hateful comments about me).
“I’ve read the most horrible comments you can imagine. When my dad died – he committed suicide back in 2014 – I remember someone saying, ‘I’d shoot myself if my kid sang like that too.'” But you know what? It’s not a reflection of me, how I am as a singer, it’s just a pure reflection of them. Maybe they’re musicians who didn’t get that opportunity. Or whatever the case is – maybe it’s envy; maybe is it jealousy People take things so personally, that they’re like, ‘That’s it mine bond.’ I mean, you’re watching ‘Dimebag’ Darrell thing” – referring to the late PANTHER guitarist who was shot dead on stage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that members of PANTHER stole his thoughts—”where it’s like,” it’s not PANTHER.’ And whatever the case, something cute. And there have been instances where I’ve had death threats against me: ‘You’re going to eat an effin’ bullet if you’re at the next show,’ where we’ve had to notify all authorities and security with photographs of people and say : ‘This person, they must not enter.’ Blah blah blah. I mean, there’s crazy stuff out there. And at the end of the day, we’re just like, ‘Wow. This is just music. We just play songs. What the hell is your problem?’ People are so fanatically, obsessively fixated on certain things, and it’s scary.”
Todd went on to say, “I knew I would be exposed (to that kind of online hate) again, even more so because QUEENSRŸCHE was a much bigger band than CRIMSON GLORYand (Geoff) was always the original singer, so it’s like, “Who is this guy?” So I just said, ‘I don’t care. I just want to sing to the best of my ability on this day.’ It doesn’t matter, I have my dad’s sinus problems or I’ve been talking and my throat is tired and I’ve been on planes and I’m not used to heights. Like, whatever. And they want this exact, perfect repetition of what they heard on the record that they didn’t get before anyway. It’s not realistic.
“There is people who have come up to me at shows and said, ‘Hey, I owe you an apology.’ And I say, ‘I don’t even know you. What are you talking about?’ And they’ll say, ‘For years I was like, ‘No Geoff Tateno QUEENSRŸCHE. No, this. No that.’ And I didn’t like you. But I figured I’d come out and see it, and I’ll be damned. You won me over. And everything I said I take back and I’m sorry I ever said it.’ And of course I wouldn’t know they said that, but they feel compelled to say to me, ‘Wow! The band sounds great. You are doing a great job. You have the similarities to what we expect to hear, but it’s not this perfect clone. You are still who you are, but you have the nuances and subtleties that the songs need.’
“I think there are a lot more people who appreciate what the band does and have accepted me in the band than there are the opposite.” Tower said. “But when I hear… Like, there was something the other day. I forgot we put a little teaser, a 15-second teaser, of something on the new record, and it was out. And all the trolls came out , and they’re like, ‘This doesn’t sound like anything QUEENSRŸCHE.’ It’s like you literally heard 15 seconds. And it totally sounds like it QUEENSRŸCHE.
“I think people, they just don’t have reservations anymore. And everyone is so quick to just react and say whatever they want online. Those people would never say that crap to my face. And now I don’t care. I mean, I’m still human. I have really thick skin when it comes to this sort of thing. But there are times when it’s like, ‘Wow. That sort of thing hurt a bit’. And it lasts about three seconds. And then I say, ‘It’s just another sad individual.’ If you were given the opportunity I was given, you would take it. You’d have to be an idiot not to take it. If I never accepted this gig and there was another one, I would always think to myself, “Maybe I’m better than that guy.” Maybe I think I could have done a better job. Or, ‘Damn, that guy’s doing great, but it could have been me.’
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⚠️ Exposed: @queensryche at House of Blues Dallas is being rescheduled. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date once announced. More information will be sent directly to ticket holders. pic.twitter.com/vf4EUQTNif
— House of Blues Dallas (@HOBDallas) 11 March 2023
So @queensryche in Dallas was postponed tonight rather late in the afternoon. Does anyone have any idea what happened? Read a rumor about it @ToddLaTorre was sick but I haven’t seen anything official. @HOBDallas
— 𝖆𝖆𝖑𝖆𝖍𝖐𝖐𝖆𝖓𝖆𝖆 (@sabbathfans) March 12, 2023
@queensryche very disappointed that the Dallas show was cancelled. It would be great if the band announced on social media. Gas, tolls, parking, everything for nothing
— The 1 Metallian (@The1Metallian) March 12, 2023