The Ryche Last Night at Club Red

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Queensryche wasn't in town last night, but for their fans, what went down at Club Red had to be the very definition of "next best thing." Following an introduction by Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, in town to pimp his Insania Wine, the Ryche took the stage.

Arguably the premier Queensryche tribute band in the country, the crowd treated them so; shouting, cheering and singing along. The band possessed the magnetism of a group in love with what they're doing, rocking the room full of big hair, embellished shirts and leather pants. It was almost like the real thing, except, y'know, it wasn't. Not quite.   


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The symbiotic relationship between Tate and the band was the most interesting aspect of the performance. Both entities seemed to feed off the presence of the other; the hope was, of course, that Tate would join the band onstage for a number or two.

Tate never materialized onstage, but the band played extra hard for his benefit, flanked by video screens and Club Red's light system. Singer Norm Saavedra put it best: "Geoff Tate has been my idol for 30 years."

In my article about the band in this week's paper, I wrote about how impressive the band's dedication to their source material was. Watching them live, I was impressed by how dedicated the crowd was to them.

The fans reacted to songs like "The Mission," "Revolution Calling" and the title track of Queensryche's most famous album Operation Mindcrime with an energetic response, as if the fact that somewhere the man himself was waiting in the wings was electrifying the crowd.

Personally, it seems like such a strange idea for something like a "tribute scene" to exist. 

I have a difficult time imagining what it will feel like 15 or 20 years from now, when Last Night, a tribute to The Strokes, or Mr. Brightside, a tribute to The Killers, is packing some local club with nostalgic 30- to-40-somethings.

In a lot of ways, I feel like my generation's too jaded for that, but I could be wrong. Last night, after fumbling with the sound-man for bit, the band performed Queensryche's acoustic power-ballad, "Silent Lucidity," and the crowd sang along to every word, even hoisting lighters in the air. They probably never imagined that one day tribute bands would consume their Saturday nights when they were rocking out to their Queensryche LPs and slamming beers in their twenties.  

It's easy to laugh at the idea of people taking this all so seriously, but I can't help but wonder if part of the appeal is that, for a few minutes anyway, you get to go back in time. That you don't have to take things so seriously. Maybe you'll never look as fresh as your glory days, but you can still sound that way.

Critic's Notebook

Last night:
The Ryche at Club Red.

The crowd: Big hair, big boobs, lots of those shirts that look like Ed Hardy designs but aren't. Everyone was into the scene, slamming drinks and hi-fiving. It sort of felt like The Gas Works scene in Wayne's World.

Overheard in the Crowd: "I can't cheat on my wife, she's right over there."

Personal Bias: I'm not the world's biggest prog-rock/opera-metal dude, which isn't to say that I wasn't impressed with what the band did, it's just that after a couple hours of it, I was ready to listen to something less histrionic and epic.

Random Notebook Dump: "You wouldn't expect Norm's voice to last as long as it does." 


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27 comments
Cowboysfan2728
Cowboysfan2728

Queensrÿche  Geoff Tate Unplugged at the The Musical Instrument Museum sunday and you can go cheap only 300 seats there and its not sold out . go to http://themim.org/ cant belive there are still seats

Williamcarver
Williamcarver

The Ryche was amazing as was AZDZ! Not to fond of the motley Crüe tribute, they were all over the place with their playing and singing and thought they were the real band, which they don't even come close too!

Kelly
Kelly

Most likely a big no-no with recording contracts (they get the artists by the short hairs...) for a rock star to do a guest sit-in on a song or two, so I was not surprised! Great show anyway, and I was there at 4 oclock for the signing and meeting of Geoff, very descrete and intimate, I asked if there would be any Pinot Grigio or Niors in the future! *Good times*

Jjonesjj76
Jjonesjj76

Amazing show last night! Motley Crue tribute Live Wire was Amazing and the Ryche kicked some serious ass!

William Campbell
William Campbell

No wonder the original music scene is dying here....THIS is where Phoenix rock music fans are spending their entertainment dollars....

Kissrules
Kissrules

Great night.....this was definitely a showcase of the best tribute bands in Arizona...Redline Rocks!

Plugolith32
Plugolith32

Yeah great night! Since I'm a huge Crue fan I was blown away by the Crue tribute band that played...the guitarist was AMAZING!!! Can't wait for those guys to come through town again!

Hall5150
Hall5150

A great night at Club Red...The Ryche, AZ/DC, Livewire Rocked very hard....The other bands were just there...

Chefjanice2008
Chefjanice2008

What a great night of music! Hope to see more of Live Wire Motley (totally cool costumes!) and the Maiden tribute band - all those guys rocked!!!!

Murdock's Trinity Records
Murdock's Trinity Records

Murdock's Trinity Records counted it as a huge event and the main thing is the support that was out there. The Ryche has been doing this for over 22 years and Norm's Voice still is top notch and the interaction with the crowd was unparalleled and with crowd retention. another note is a all the other bands that opened up and played their hearts out and all "brought it to the table". A well done event and Arizona was out supporting for sure. KUDOS to Geoff Tate who is an all around great guy and one artists that really cares about his fans, always - Todd Murdock and Gina Love - Murdock's Trinity Records

Jmsm357
Jmsm357

Yeah once the Crue band adjusted their sound...things were Rollin..

Hosanna
Hosanna

Yeah I liked the Maiden band too

Martir352005
Martir352005

The Ryche was cool but the Motley Crue tribute band Live Wire stole the entire night. Mick Mars was incredible and the singer was better than Vince.

Bridgettekeens
Bridgettekeens

We saw the Crüe band and were laughing our ass off at the singer.....

Rockinazgirl
Rockinazgirl

I disagree! Liked the costumes but they lack seriously as musicians.

SSalughter
SSalughter

This was posted by Live Wire themselves....actually by thier Bass plaer!

Classychic
Classychic

The Ryche put on an amazing show and proved they are #1 the motley Crüe singer sounded horrible. Very dissapointed!

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