Behind-The-Scenes at the Rising West Weekend

I've been a huge fan of Queensryche since 1982, so I was thrilled to be welcomed as one of the official photographers for an historic weekend in the history of a band that has seen better times, and is now determined to once again reclaim metal glory. After ousting original singer Geoff Tate following a turbulent string of events, the band temporarily adopts the name "Rising West" and over the course of two sold-out nights (June 8-9, 2012) introduces incredible new vocalist Todd La Torre (also of Crimson Glory).

Seattle photographer (and all-around great guy) Mike Savoia captured this image of me during soundcheck, squatting on the floor with camera in hand.

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Before the first of two shows on this weekend, Savoia and I scouted locations for the official promo photo of Rising West, taken by Savoia.

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New Rising West/Queensryche vocalist Todd La Torre (left) and guitarist Michael Wilton, just prior to their first show together.

New Rising West/Queensryche vocalist Todd La Torre (left) and guitarist Michael Wilton, just prior to their first show together.

Todd La Torre, Seattle photographer Mike Savoia, and Michael Wilton.

Todd La Torre, Seattle photographer Mike Savoia, and Michael Wilton.