QUEENSRŸCHE has been selected as "Xbox Artist Of The Month" for April to coincide with the release of their new album "American Soldier". Starting today, the Xbox LIVE Marketplace will be the exclusive retailer for the band's new video "If I Were King". Xbox LIVE users can now purchase the video for a cost of 160 Microsoft points. Xbox LIVE users can also watch an exclusive free video clip of the recording session of "Sliver", featuring lead singer Geoff Tate and guest vocalist and soldier A.J. Fratto.
On April 13, just days before the kick-off of the "American Soldier" tour, Tate and guitarist Michael Wilton will take part in a Xbox "Game With Fame", where Xbox LIVE users can play against the band members. Tate will be taking on competitors in "NASCAR 09" and Wilton will be squaring off against users on "Halo 3". The QUEENSRŸCHE "Game With Fame" will take place on April 13 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. PT. Visit www.xbox.com/gwfqueensryche for more details.
"American Soldier" features a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Tate, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts — from World War II to Iraq — Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of war from the soldier's perspective.
QUEENSRŸCHE will launch an extensive tour of the U.S. on April 16 at the Snoqualmie Casino outside of the band's hometown of Seattle. The shows will be presented in three suites, with the band performing sets from "American Soldier", "Rage For Order", and "Empire".