The Breakers Water Park may not be a traditional concert venue, but on May 23 the Marana area water park will host progressive metallers Queensrÿche and hair metal mavens Warrant.
Queensrÿche may best be known for their early 90s output, most notably the Grammy-nominated Empire album and the hit single “Silent Lucidity”.
The band has been touring for more than 30 years, with a large following in Southern Arizona. The group plays several Tucson dates each year.
Although the band has not produced a radio hit since 1994’s “Promised Land”, they have released eight studio albums, a few live albums and a number of greatest hits compilations.
However, they made their biggest headlines in 20 years when they fired lead singer Geoff Tate in 2012, in large part because of Tate’s desire to venture further from the band’s heavy metal roots.
The firing led to lawsuits, and for a time, two versions of the band, one fronted by Tate, and one with the four remaining members, three of which were founding members. Those four added new singer Todd LaTorre, whose voice is nearly identical to Tate’s, and began touring on the strength of the band’s first five records.
They also recorded an album of new material, which was well regarded by reviewers and charted as high at No. 23 on the Billboard albums’ chart.
In late April, the two sides settled, and the LaTorre fronted version of the band got to keep the name allowing them to return to the road, which includes the upcoming show at Breakers Water Park
“The Queensrÿche internal dynamic has certainly changed in terms of musicianship. It’s more of a cohesive team and the chemistry we have now is making what we can do creatively limitless,” said founding member Michael Wilton in a statement.
The band will mostly perform songs from their early albums, including songs off of the critically acclaimed concept record “Operation Mindcrime” and “Empire.” They will also sprinkle in newer songs off of last year’s self titled record.
Warrant came to popularity during the height of the hair band era of the late 1980s and had two hit records, but like most of the hair bands of the era, saw their popularity decline with the rise of grunge and alternative music in the early 90s.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets start at $32, although there are multiple V.I.P. packages, including chances to meet the band.