According to a posting on QUEENSRŸCHE's official web site, the band's current record label, Rhino Records, has purchased the rights to the group's 1999 effort, "Q2K", from Atlantic and plans on re-releasing it soon. Limited-edition signed copies and a free "Q2K" cap will be included in the new package. More information will be made available soon.
In other news, QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate will be a guest on VH1 Classic's "Metal Mania" airing on April 22 and April 24 at 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE's latest CD, "Operation: Mindcrime II" sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan (it has sold 58,000 copies in the first two weeks). This is more than half of the total sales tally registered by the band's last studio album, 2003's "Tribe", which sold 20,000 copies in the first week and has shifted less than 75,000 units so far. Meanwhile, "Q2K" opened with sales of 28,000 and has sold 150,000 copies to date.
QUEENSRŸCHE's top-selling album by far is 1990's "Empire", which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original "Operation: Mindcrime" release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994's "Promised Land" reached the same plateau in December 1994.