I really like the Strawberry Fields one you didOh hell, hey guys, I just realized, I did this kinda stuff way back on my deviant art. I abandoned it because I kept getting likes from Yiffies and Neo-Nazis, which made me question what subconcious vibes I was sending out to the world. I have a couple more than the examples I'll post.
IMO Queensryche never topped The Warning, an eternal classic US power metal release. Stripped of their singer, perhaps they'll recruit Warrell Dane (of Sanctuary and more famously of Nevermore) as vocalist. Or maybe Paul Davidson of Heir Apparent (they'd be as important to prog metal as Fates Warning had they not broke up)? Or Ted Pilot of Fifth Angel? Or even one of the singers from Portland's Glacier (seriously underrated USPM)? I won't pretend to be an expert in the 80s USPM/American metal scene in the PNW or anywhere (though my father laughs how he saw Fates Warning with John Arch ages ago in Springfield MA back in the 80s which I can never see) but there was some serious potential in the records PNW USPM bands released which fans of 80s US metal recognise as classic releases.Strictly for the 80's Metal folk here.
Following the tragic death of band leader Ozzy Osbourne (in the crash of a light aircraft joyriding incident on March 19th, 1982), guitarist Randy Rhoads reunites with his original bandmates Bob Daisley (Bass) and Lee Kerslake (Drums). With producer Max Norman at the console they start tracking new material and begin the search for a lead vocalist, with a view towards "continuing the Ozzy legacy".
This (given what happened a short while ago...Sharon firing the guys from Uriah Heep) sends Sharon off the deep end, her meal ticket has just checked out after all.
After a brief series of brutal negotiations (Ozzy and Sharon had not married at the time of his death) Jet Records agrees to an amendment of the extant arrangement, placing the direction of this "new" band under the direction of Sharon's father Don Arden.
Sharon fades into oblivion...
After dozens of auditions Don Arden meets a vocalist with an amazing range from Washington State, who is in an unsigned band called "The Mob".
Seeing this as a fast track to a record deal, Geoff Tate agrees to join in July of 1982.
The rest is history.
My challenge to you?
Write this history...the possibilities are rather mind boggling.
The tough thing is that Chris De Garmo was the primary writer for much of the classic QR music, and due to Randy's untimely demise (and abbreviated recording history) we are not left with a vast collection of unrecorded RR material.
One thing is for certain. The guy (Randy:natch) could punch out catchy riffage all day long.
The two Blizzard of Ozz albums (recorded virtually "back to back" with a brief UK tour between them) are a testament to how prolific a writing team Randy (riffs) and Lee (vocal melodies and lyrics) were.
Throw Tate's ideas (Ozzy had little to contribute...he was a total mess at the time) in there and that's where this little chicken grows wings.
Butterflies also have wings.
I'm interested in the butterflies...this would be an epic band imo.
I'm a little more lenient in my interpretation of the historical QR Discography. I (now) think that some of the work on Rage for Order is groundbreaking in it's time. Were it not for the laughable effort of their label dressing them up like bad circus clowns, they would have gotten a lot more respect. I lived this era (natch!) and saw them supporting AC/DC (of all bands! LOL) on the 23 of August, 1986 in Edmonton.IMO Queensryche never topped The Warning, an eternal classic US power metal release. Stripped of their singer, perhaps they'll recruit Warrell Dane (of Sanctuary and more famously of Nevermore) as vocalist. Or maybe Paul Davidson of Heir Apparent (they'd be as important to prog metal as Fates Warning had they not broke up)? Or Ted Pilot of Fifth Angel? Or even one of the singers from Portland's Glacier (seriously underrated USPM)? I won't pretend to be an expert in the 80s USPM/American metal scene in the PNW or anywhere (though my father laughs how he saw Fates Warning with John Arch ages ago in Springfield MA back in the 80s which I can never see) but there was some serious potential in the records PNW USPM bands released which fans of 80s US metal recognise as classic releases.
So while Randy Rhoads and Geoff Tate create an 80s metal legacy (they will), back in Seattle Chris DeGarmo nabs him a new singer and puts out some alternate version of The Warning. TTL's Queensryche might be readily called the "West Coast Fates Warning" (or Fates Warning the "East Coast Queensryche"). Now Seattle and the PNW was ground zero for grunge which throws a wrench into things. Empire and onwards Queensryche put out some decent songs among endless filler and utter garbage (Hear in the Now Frontier and Q2K are just dumb and Tribe hilariously so). Maybe without Geoff Tate this alt-Queensryche would develop a different sound, like perhaps what Fates Warning or Savatage did in the 90s. So Operation Mindcrime with a different singer will still be famous but maybe on the level of Savatage's Streets so a bit more of a cult classic. Same with their hypothetical Empire album. I'd certainly hope TTL's Queensryche never made an equivalent to any album after Empire since those were utter garbage. But maybe they balance their prog sound with other influences and make something like Savatage's Edge of Thorns or Fates Warning's Parallels or Inside Out. An album like Fates Warning's A Perfect Shade of Gray might be possible, since Jim Matheos intended it to go in the opposite direction of the previous two albums (so basically the opposite direction 90s Queensryche went with the grunge influence). Like APSOG it will be a prog metal classic.
Randy Rhoads has Geoff Tate singing in his band which will be legendary TTL, even if they'll no doubt make a few mediocre/garbage albums in the 90s going with the grunge/nu metal trend.. Perhaps Helloween TTL will become more famous since even OTL Michael Kiske was compared to Geoff Tate (at least "I Want Out" might chart higher). Although like Geoff Tate, Kiske had no passion for metal and sang on albums like Chameleon or his solo stuff, although Kiske's output the last few decades is pretty solid hard rock (far better than Tate's output--the Queensryche lawsuit was hilariously dumb).