Well, that’s one way of putting it, I suppose…

Geoff Tate, on Kelly Gray’s style of guitar playing:

…every time he picks up a guitar he picks a fight with it — it’s just this chunky, kind of forceful style…

That’s one way of putting it, I suppose. A better way of putting it would be that he fat-fingers the shit out of everything he touches to the point it’s barely recognizable. He confronts the song and he’s like, “ERMAHGERD, GERTER SERLER” and proceeds to maul it. If he is picking a fight with the guitar, he’s losing. BADLY.

Don’t believe me? Check out this clip of “Jet City Woman,” from the other night in Detroit:

Compare that to this from Queensryche at the Halfway Jam this summer:

After 30 years Michael Wilton can still nail it. So I don’t know what Kelly Gray’s excuse is.

Of course there’s a silver lining to the cloud of seeing that and all the other classic Queensryche songs getting mauled by Tater and his scabs. KG is also going to be touring with Tater and his scabs when they go out as “Queensryche.” The word will get out. And people are going to ask themselves, “do I want to watch this lineup with a guitar player who can’t play the songs right to save his life (in addition to a singer who can’t, well, sing), or do I want to watch the guys who have been playing these songs for 30 years and can actually play them the way they were meant to be played?”



3 Responses to “Well, that’s one way of putting it, I suppose…”

  1. That Guy Says:

    That first video was painful to listen to. Sounded like a highschool garage band.

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      Yeah, it was. I don’t know how anyone could deem that an acceptable performance, and that goes not only for Kelly Gray but also the rest of the band — including Geoff Tate. He has just let his voice go to utter shit over the last few years, and it hurts to hear it.

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      And seriously, as solos in the band’s songs go, that shouldn’t be a hard solo to play! I shudder to think of how bad the solo on “NM 156” would have sounded.

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