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Geoff Tate's Queensryche, Buckcherry added to incoming Aztec Theatre roster

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Two more hard-rockin' bands have been added to the concert slate of the renovated Aztec Theatre, with Geoff Tate's Queensryche and Buckcherry set to do the honors.

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The Aztec, located downtown at 104 N. St. Mary's, has announced that Queensryche will visit Friday, March 28 and Buckcherry on Friday, April 18. Tickets for the former can be bought here; Buckcherry's go on sale today here. Both shows are all-ages. The Aztec's approximate capacity of 1,200 would equal that of Backstage Live, which hosts the majority of metal shows in San Antonio. And even though the Aztec's fellow historic downtown venue The Majestic Theatre seats roughly 2,200, the Aztec has a general admission area in front of the stage, unlike The Majestic, which is seated on all levels.

Tate, still locked in a bitter court battle with his former bandmates of 30 years over the Queensryche name that has resulted in two factions of the group, will again bring his "25th anniversary: Operation: Mindcrime" tour to San Antonio, playing the iconic 1988 concept album in its entirety as he did during Fiesta's festivities on April 26, 2013, at HemisFair Park (SAMME's coverage here). Tate's version of Queensryche features Kelly Gray and Robert Sarzo on guitars, Rudy Sarzo on bass, Simon Wright on drums and Randy Gane on keys. Wright will be at Backstage Live tonight behind the drum kit for Dio Disciples -- whom the SAMME will be interviewing before the show.

Buckcherry, touring in support of their latest solid release Confessions, headlined the Fiesta Oyster Bake on April 21, 2012. The band recently announced the departure of bassist Jimmy Ashhurst. He is being replaced on tour by Kelly LeMieux. Drummer Xavier Muriel (top left) has a San Antonio connection, having been born here, and lives in Austin.

The addition of these two artists to the classic Mayan-decorated theatre that opened in 1926 indicates a turn toward the heavier side of the venue's initial announcement of classic-rock artists such as Eddie Money (Feb. 16) and George Thorogood & The Destroyers (March 4). Poison singer Bret Michaels is playing a solo show there March 9.

For further related Queensryche and Buckcherry coverage by the SAMME, click on the "Suggested" links in blue below.

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