QUEENSRŸCHE's GEOFF TATE: We Are Feeling Rejuvenated

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate says that the band is feeling "rejuvenated" following an extended break that allowed him to release and tour to promote his self-titled solo debut last year. "It's good to step back and look at what you do in a more objective way so you can appreciate what it is you have," he told Anchorage Daily News last week.

21 years since the band's inception, 20 million records sold (allegedly) and four of five original members still with the group, QUEENSRŸCHE are planning a rebirth by performing their first show in more than a year on New Year's Eve at the Egan Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

"This is a meaningful show for us," Tate said. "It's a launch into what we expect to be a good year for us.

"And it's a symbolic get-together. New Year's shows are always very special. New Year's is something to celebrate."

QUEENSRŸCHE's forthcoming studio CD, tentatively titled "Tribe", is currently being recorded for a February 2003 release through Sanctuary Records. A world tour will follow, with several European festival appearances having already been announced for June.

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