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Queensrÿche Book ‘Roads To Madness’ Set For March Release

The book is over 450 pages and includes verified setlists, tour history essays, and more.

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Queensrÿche - Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images
Queensrÿche - Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

A new book on Queensrÿche, titled Roads To Madness: The Touring History Of Queensrÿche (1981-1997), will be published in March.

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The book covers the band’s beginnings in the 1980s as an opening act for giants such as Dio and Metallica to Queensrÿche’s run as one of the biggest acts in music. The book is a deep dive into all the concert dates that feature Queensrÿche’s original lineup of Chris DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Geoff Tate, and Michael Wilton.

The book is over 450 pages and includes verified setlists, tour history essays, fan commentary on shows, stage banter, live photos, show memorabilia imagery, and more.

Three versions of the book are available: A full-color, limited hardcover edition, signed by the authors, featuring a glossy dust jacket and an 11×17 poster of the front cover. Only 200 copies of this edition are available This book comes with a $74.95 pre-order price. There is also a full-color, standard paperback edition that costs $49.95. Additionally, the full-color, electronic edition as a high resolution .pdf will cost $14.95.

Roads To Madness was written by Queensrÿche biographer and historian Brian J. Heaton and Pacific Northwest metal music archivist Brian L. Naron. The duo previously collaborated with James R. Beach to write Building An Empire: The Story Of Queensrÿche, which was published in October 2021.

Last we heard from the heavy metal giants was in September, when they shared the official music video for their cover of Billy Idol’s iconic hit “Rebel Yell.” The metal outfit put their personal spin on the 1983 single, originally recorded as a bonus track on the band’s latest release, their 2022 album Digital Noise Alliance. The video was directed by Thomas Crane of killDevil Films and shows the group performing the track live.

In October 2022, Queensrÿche guitarist Michael Wilton spoke to the Heavy Demons radio show about the band’s decision to cover the Billy Idol track. He explained, “With the record company, we have to have 10 or 11 songs [per album]; that’s what you’re contracted for. And then they like extra songs, bonus tracks or whatever. So this time instead of giving a bonus track that’s a live recording of one of our songs, we said, ‘Let’s do something different.’

Pre-order Roads To Madness: The Touring History Of Queensrÿche (1981-1997).

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