Backbeat: Queensryche Rock Halloween, Discuss Joys of Grandparenting, Theatre Scores, Decorative Drum Wraps
Backbeat: Queensryche Rock Halloween, Discuss Joys of Grandparenting, Theatre Scores, Decorative Drum Wraps

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Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, flanked by former R&R online editor Alexandra Cahill (left) and Prometheus Global Media campaign manager Donna Delmas (right) during the pre-show meet-and-greet. (Photo: Christa Titus)

Demonic nurses, devils and drag queens mingled among the headbangers who filled New York's Highline Ballroom on Oct. 31 to rock with Seattle legends Queensryche, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. The band's Halloween treat for fans was to play its 1986 "Rage for Order" album in its entirety for the first time -- but they kept it fresh by performing the tracks in a different order than the album's sequence.

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Singer Geoff Tate flashed vampire fangs while singing onstage but was much less threatening in person. He chatted about the joys of recently becoming a grandfather and watching the Greenwich Village Children's Halloween Parade that afternoon, which he captured with his Flip cam. Meanwhile, drummer Scott Rockenfield is busy with both his theatrical scoring work and his RockenWraps business. The latter company -- which produces custom decorative wraps for drum kits -- now counts Lady Gaga among its high-profile clients. Rockenfield recently designed "flesh-toned" wraps to decorate the drums for Mother Monster's upcoming tour. "It's strange sometimes when my phone rings," he said with a smile. "I never know what's going to be on the other end of it."

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