QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre says that he will use the coronavirus downtime to complete the songwriting process for his long-in-the-works solo album.
A number of artists have seen their concert dates drop off as they're either canceled or postponed in the wake of the global spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
On Sunday (March 15), La Torre took to his Facebook page to write: " No [QUEENSRŸCHE] shows happening right now as you all know. Therefore, I am home writing/cowriting a few more tunes and shaping up existing songs/demos for my solo record with my lifelong best friend Craig Blackwell. We are hoping to have a full record all written and ready to start recording in the next couple of months. All of us in QUEENSRŸCHE will also be taking advantage of this downtime to work on new ideas for the next record."
La Torre previously talked about his plans to release a solo LP in a 2017 interview with Canada's The Metal Voice. He stated about the direction of the material that will appear on the record: "Musically, it is probably, like, FIGHT meets PANTERA meets BLACK LABEL [SOCIETY]. It's definitely got that kind of southern… You know, PANTERA had that certain power groove — not full-fledged [speed], but has thrash elements. And then vocally, I'm singing probably a lot more chest voice, and then I've got some brutal gutteral vocals on it… That'll be a lot more brutal and more thrash, but the vocals are definitely more a power-metal, operatic kind of a thing — very aggressive…"
QUEENSRŸCHE has spent the past year touring in support of its "The Verdict" album, which was released in March 2019 via Century Media Records.
"The Verdict" marked QUEENSRŸCHE's third full-length release with La Torre, following the departure of original singer Geoff Tate in 2012.
The current QUEENSRŸCHE lineup features two original members, bassist Eddie Jackson and guitarist Michael Wilton, along with La Torre and guitarist Parker Lundgren.
QUEENSRŸCHE will support the SCORPIONS on the German hard rock legends' Las Vegas residency in July.