QUEENSRŸCHE cancels third concert in a row after singer TODD LA TORRE reportedly lost his voice
QUEENSRŸCHE was forced to cancel its concert Sunday night (March 12) at La Hacienda in Midland, Texas after singer Todd La Torre “lost his voice”, according to promoter DIN Productions and local radio station Rock 95.1. Midland marked the third show cancelation in a row for QUEENSRŸCHE, which scrapped its performance Friday night (March 10) at the Scout Bar in Houston, Texas a few minutes before the band was scheduled to take the stage. The following night’s show at the House Of Blues in Dallas, Texas was also called off, apparently for the same reason.
QUEENSRŸCHE has not yet issued an official statement explaining the cancelations.
QUEENSRŸCHE‘s 2023 U.S. tour is scheduled to run through April 16 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Direct support on the “Digital Noise Alliance” trek is coming from former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman, with TRAUMA opening each show.
In a 2012 interview with Mayhem Magazine, Todd said that he had “never had any formal training or taken a single lesson — not one. It was actually right before my debut show with CRIMSON GLORY in Marietta, Georgia that I was able to find a very well-respected vocal coach in the area and I really wanted more of an evaluation,” he explained. “I was told from him, ‘Do you know how many people that come to me and sing like you do? Hardly any, very few. Whatever you have done to teach yourself, don’t stop.’ I try to find my own way to sing any QUEENSRŸCHE song and not strain my throat, but make it sound effortless. There’s always room for improvement.”
Last year, La Torre was asked in an interview with Sonic Perspectives if he felt like the QUEENSRŸCHE fans had completely embraced him after he had been in the band for a decade. He responded: “Look, there’s always some asshole that doesn’t like what I do. But I think after 10 years, I’ve proven myself as an asset to the band. I think I’ve been able to contribute in many ways, whether it’s helping with art, helping with… I mean, just all of the creative process I’m fully involved in with the guys. But I think the majority of the people that support the band, or supported the band, dig what we’re doing. And we’ve had a lot of great opportunities that the band hadn’t had for a while. So I think we’re doing things in the right direction.”
He continued: “But yeah, there’s always gonna be somebody that has to say something negative. But I don’t care about them. I care about people that… And after 10 years of this and a couple of years in CRIMSON GLORY dealing with that too, I’ve heard it all; I’ve seen it all. Nobody’s gonna come up with anything that’s gonna hurt my feelings or make me feel… What they’re saying isn’t original; people were saying that 11 years ago. At least come up with something original. But yeah, people seem to really dig what we’re doing. And no complaints overall.”
La Torre was the lead singer for CRIMSON GLORY from late 2010 until resigned from the band in early 2013. In 2012, Todd became a household name in the metal world when he officially became the new lead vocalist of QUEENSRŸCHE. The band immediately began touring globally and started writing new material for the self-titled 2013 album “Queensrÿche”. To date, QUEENSRŸCHE has released four studio albums with La Torre: “Queensrÿche”, “Condition Hüman” (2015),“The Verdict” (2019) and “Digital Noise Alliance” (2022).