The Farewell Tour of Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate

Although they were initially grouped with the legions of pop-metal bands that dominated the American heavy metal scene of the '80s, Queensrÿche were one of the most distinctive bands of the era. Where their contemporaries built on the legacy of Van Halen, Aerosmith, and Kiss, Queensrÿche constructed a progressive form of heavy metal that drew equally from the guitar pyrotechnics of post-Van Halen metal and '70s art rock, most notably Pink Floyd and Queen. After releasing a handful of ignored albums, the band began to break into the mainstream with the acclaimed 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime. Its follow-up, Empire, was the group's biggest success, selling over two million copies due to the hit single "Silent Lucidity." Queensrÿche never sustained that widespread popularity -- like most late-'80s metal bands, their audience disappeared after the emergence of grunge. Nevertheless, they retained a large cult following well into the ensuing decades.

The Living Breathing

YouTube is an amazing place! A plethora of videos of all kinds, viral, musical, instructional and people just wanting to express themselves. For these four musicians, it was a place where a connection was made, and a musical chemistry was born.

Brothers Matt & Mason Haley have been writing music together for years. In high school, they cut their teeth playing gigs in bars & clubs with various projects. They moved to Arizona in 2009 and soon began the process of finding someone to jam with.

Steven Natale & Joey Moraga have been writing and performing music together for 16 years. Most of their years were spent with the band Tongue Dried Sun. After that, Steven built his own home studio called Studio 7 Productions and continued to produce and record for various projects. Steven came across a YouTube video of Matt & Mason performing an acoustic song. He in turn called Joey and they became interested in meeting with Matt & Mason. The four got together, played a few songs, and found a common vision for a project. With great support from family and friends, along with countless hours of writing and recording, they were able to put together a six song EP at Steven's studio. The self titled EP was released for free online and at shows. It was used as a promotional tool more than anything.

After the release of their EP, The Living Breathing started practicing so that they could eventually play shows. They started to realize after a few rehearsals that the 4 piece (with Mason on Vocals/Guitar) wasn't as strong as it could be. So, Steven and Joey asked their good friend and former bandmate Wyatt Bills if he wanted to jam with them. He gladly said yes. Mason moved to vocals and Wyatt took over on guitar. They haven't looked back since.

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The Farewell Tour of Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate with The Living Breathing

Saturday, August 24 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Celebrity Theatre