Queensryche is a progressive metal band formed in the
Seattle, Washington suburb of Bellevue in 1981. The band has released
nine studio albums and continues to tour and record.
Queensryche's latest album, Operation: Mindcrime II,
was released internationally in March 2006. The album is the
long-awaited continuation of their popular 1988 album Operation:
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Queensryche released their debut album, Queen of the Reich, in 1983 to positive reviews. It wasn't until 1988, however, that Queensryche's potential was realized with the release of their narrarative concept album, Operation: Mindcrime, that proved a massive critical and commercial success. The album's story revolved around a junkie who is drugged into performing assassinations for an underground movement. The junkie, Nikki, is torn over his misplaced loyalty to the cause and his love of a reformed hooker-turned-nun, Mary, who gets in the way. Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime has often been mentioned by critics alongside other notable concept albums like Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Who's Tommy. Queensryche toured through much of 1988 and 1989 with several bands, including Metallica.
The release of Empire in 1990 brought Queensryche to the height of their commercial popularity. It peaked at #7 and sold more than three million copies in the U.S., more than their previous four releases combined (it was also certified silver in the UK). The power ballad "Silent Lucidity" became the band's first Top 10 single.
After the release of a greatest hits collection in 2000, Queensryche embarked on another tour, this time in support of the newly reunited Iron Maiden. This enabled the band to play Madison Square Garden for the first time. In 2006, Queensryche released the follow-up album, Operation: Mindcrime II, to their 1988 album. The Operation: Mindcrime II tour began in spring 2006 and sees the band perform both Operation: Mindcrime albums in their entirety.