Queensrÿche and Skid Row rage on
Heavy metal can come from anywhere—from the Pacific Northwest to New Jersey. Queensrÿche and Skid Row come from opposite ends of the United States, but they have a lot in common. Both formed in the 1980s, they both reached high levels of musical fame and they have both withstood lineup changes and drama to keep going more than 30 years on.
Queensrÿche originally hails from Bellevue, Wash. Its third album, Operation: Mindcrime is considered one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. The concept album tells the story of a recovering drug addict so disheartened with how corrupt society is he joins a group that, when it comes to assassinating political leaders, isn’t so innocent.
Skid Row hails from Toms River, N.J. Its eponymous debut album sold more than 5 million copies, featuring anthems “18 and Life” and “I Remember You.” Slave to the Grind, the glam metal unit’s next album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. All these years later, the metal from both coasts still rages on!
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