QUEENSRŸCHE recently played a private concert for the students of the Paul Green School of Rock. The played three songs on acoustic equipment and were then joined by the school's house band (local all stars) for three additional tracks.As the Paul Green School of Rock enters its second decade, Green's dream has become a national phenomenon — a vision that has since produced an explosion of schools nationwide and a number of future rock stars, many of whom have traveled quite far along the trail he blazed when he took music instruction out of the classroom and onto the live rock stage by founding the original and premier performance-based rock music school in the country for kids 8-17 in 1998. QUEENSRŸCHE's twelfth studio LP, the epic concept album "American Soldier", sold 21,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. QUEENSRŸCHE's previous album, "Operation: Mindcrime II", sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in April 2006 to debut at No. 14 on The Billboard 200 chart. This was more than half of the total sales tally registered by 2003's "Tribe", which shifted 20,000 copies in the first week. Meanwhile, the band's 1999 effort, "Q2K", opened with sales of 28,000. "American Soldier" was made available from Atco/Rhino on March 31 for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $9.99 (digital). The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group's singer and chief songwriter, 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 the life of a soldier and the consequences of war.
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