QUEENSRYCHE Page 3
By John Thibault
Shockwaves: How do you guys go about writing?
Rockenfield: What we wanted to do with this record was kind of jump back to what we used to do in the beginning--actually try to capture the moment and not be so analytical. Kelly comes from that background, his producing, where he's always trying to capture the vibe. His guitar playing is more of that blues-type, spontaneity thing. We did that with this record. The last record was written mostly at home.
Wilton: Everybody had their digital studios at home. Chris would come to rehearsal with songs that had [all the parts] already on them and say, "Just play this part." It wasn't any fun.
Rockenfield: That's one of the reasons he left the band. He didn't want to work together anymore. We were getting tired of it.
Wilton: It's about me and Kelly getting together with a couple of Marshalls and a Les Paul, and going back and forth and riffing and coming up with ideas. The first song we wrote was "Right Side of My Mind." And then it was just a matter of playing it for the other guys, and then we just started jamming together.
Shockwaves: That was your first single off the new record, and that actually got some play on AOR radio stations.
Rockenfield: You can have all the radio stations in the world. It's just not what it used to be. It's heavily driven by MTV, that's why the Kid Rocks and the Limp Bizkits are so popular. MTV, it's different for us now.
Wilton: We were the icons in '90, '91, now it's all marketing toward mallrats.
Shockwaves: It's all rap hybrids.
Rockenfield: That'll be our next record.
Shockwaves: I heard you guys are putting something out with Shania Twain.
Wilton: Don't get me going.
Shockwaves: Is it sometimes tough to be inspired to play older material live?
Wilton: It's so different now with Kelly. If you listen to the arrangements, we've messed them up a little bit. They're much more fun to play now. You can hear little subtleties and stuff. It's about not being too stiff up there and being loose and creating a good concert vibe. We're not going, "Oh, God... 'Silent Lucidity.'" We play "Silent Lucidity" electric now.
Rockenfield: It's inevitable when any new member comes into a band, he's not going to play anything the same. It's not going to be a mirror image of the guy who just left the band, it's going to be Kelly doing what he wants to do with the old stuff.
Wilton: We don't know what he's going to do every night.
Rockenfield: We shake it up, do cover tunes, different arrangements. We haven't figured out a set to definitively sit with yet.
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