I've never been a huge QR fan, I've barely touched anything outside of Mindcrime really but I do certainly get where you're coming from. The voice is the most distinctive part of a band, followed by the song writing (imho, some people would define it the other way round). I also think they would be better just giving it a new name at this stage - even though the singer sounds extremely similar and many bands still succeed despite changing singer... there is simply too much bad associated with the QR name at this stage. A new band even consisting of the same members will shed that bad blood, while keeping the more 'hardcore' fans on board (because they'll know who they are) and having people who's first listen was one of the later albums and thought "nah QR arent good" open to another chance.It seems I'm the only one really disappointed. I'd like to see them work it out, get back Chris DeGarmo, and try to make a brilliant record for once. This may seem messed up, but Geoff Tate and Chris DeGarmo were the only people I cared about in the band. I always saw Queensryche as Geoff Tate and Chris DeGarmo. When DeGarmo left, half the band was missing. And now, I just can't see the band as Queensryche anymore.
But I don't know. It just feels wrong to me to have Queensryche without Geoff or DeGarmo. In my mind, the band is totally different now. Whether it's for better or for worse, I don't know yet, but Queensryche is now dead to me. I'd rather just call them Rising West even if is a dumb name.
It's a bit like Velvet Revolver. It has most of the members of the band, but it doesn't have the two main songwriters, the two people who personified the band.
If you mean VR don't have the two main songwriters anymore... Scott Wieland is the only departured member. If you mean VR is GnR minus the 2 main songwriters, whilst Izzy Stradlin contributed a huge amount to GnR's sound, Slash is in VR and was one of the people who more 'personified' the band and did a great deal of the song writing.. so either way I think this statements wrong Again though, it's a new band even if it has some of the same members.. so it can take a different sound entirely, a different approach etc, and should not be compared as the same band.
Likewise I personally love Chinese Democracy but think whilst having the GnR name on it helped its sales, it would've been far better received by press and fans alike had it been under a new name (less comparing to AFD). It would've also reduced the "how has this taken 15 years" comments because people could have just assumed there was a complete hiatus.