RISING WEST Performs Live For First Time; Video Available

RISING WEST, the new band featuring Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren of QUEENSRŸCHE, along with powerhouse vocalist Todd La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY, made its live debut last night (Friday, June 8) at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle, Washington. The band performed rare and classic hits from the first five QUEENSRŸCHE albums — from the 1983 EP through 1990’s “Empire” — as well as a cover version of the IRON MAIDEN staple “Wrathchild”.

RISING WEST‘s setlist was as follows:

01. Queen Of The Reich
02. Speak
03. Walk In The Shadows
04. En Force
05. Child Of Fire
06. The Whisper
07. Warning
08. The Needle Lies
09. Take Hold Of The Flame
10. Prophecy
11. My Empty Room
12. Eyes Of A Stranger


13. Wrathchild (IRON MAIDEN cover)
14. Roads To Madness

RISING WEST, will play another show at Seattle’s Hard Rock Café tonight (Saturday, June 9).

Speaking to “The Men’s Room” radio show, which airs on the Seattle station KISW 99.9 FM, Wilton stated about the formation of RISING WEST and the status of QUEENSRŸCHE, “We have some time off this year, so we put a project and this kind of turned into this monumental, epic band. And we’re doing that as kind of a side thing away from QUEENSRŸCHE.” He added, “We still very much are QUEENSRŸCHE, and QUEENSRŸCHE will be continuing on. We want to just have some fun, play some old ‘RŸCHE, bring back some memories and just kick it.”

Regarding his involvement with RISING WEST, Todd said, “For me to be able to come in and be asked to perform these songs is an honor. It’s a lot of fun. I have personal attachment to some of these songs. When my grandmother passed away, I remember riding in my car and listening to the [QUEENSRŸCHE] song ‘Roads To Madness’. I mean, these songs resonate with me in a different way. So when I sing it, it comes from my heart.”

He added, “We’re playing all the old [QUEENSRŸCHE] classics and I can belt it out just like the record.”






Photos below courtesy of Savoia Digital Concert Photography and RISING WEST‘s Facebook page









(Thanks: The Breakdown Room)