The following is a press release on the QUEENSRŸCHE website.

QUEENSRŸCHE is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its twelfth studio album, “American Soldier”. The concept effort, due this spring from Rhino/Atco, finds the band once again tackling some heavy subject matter, this time focusing on telling the story of war from a firsthand perspective. Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate has spent the last few years conducting extensive interviews with veterans and has crafted their thoughts into this epic tale. “American Soldier” examines American wars from World War II through Iraq from the viewpoint of those in the trenches and on the frontlines. Following the album’s release, QUEENSRŸCHE plans to present tracks from the album live on an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009. The first date of the tour will be a hometown gig at Seattle’s Snoqualmie Casino on April 16.

“QUEENSRŸCHE has always had incredible support from members of the Armed Services,” says Tate. “It seems like after every show, I’d end up speaking with a fan that was or had been involved with the military. The more and more I began to hear their accounts and feelings, the more I really felt a conviction to tell their story. Over the last two years, I’ve conducted dozens of one-on-one interviews with veterans of many different American wars. I listened to their amazing and moving recounts and did my best to examine war through their eyes.”

Sweet. My favourite QUEENSRŸCHE stuff is when they’re working to a theme, such as the Promised Land album, not to mention the classic Operation:MINDcrime pair of albums.

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