Veteran heavy metal group Queensrÿche has announced its marching orders for an extensive spring tour of the United States. The American Soldier Tour will report for duty with a two-night stand at Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, WA, and remain deployed through a June 5 concert at Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa in Kelseyville, CA.

The 31-city circuit will take the band from coast to coast with two-night engagements on April 30- May 1 at Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee, WI, and May 7-8 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL. Other highlights include an April 28 performance at Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO, a May 15 gig at Nokia Theater Times Square in New York, NY, and a June 4 concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco.

Queensrÿche will be supporting the projected March 2009 release of “American Soldier,” a concept album that looks at war with a firsthand perspective. To craft the storyline for the record, vocalist Geoff Tate interviewed dozens of American war veterans to gain insight into their experiences.

“Queensrÿche has always had incredible support from members of the Armed Services,” explained Tate in a statement. “It seems like after every show, I’d end up speaking with a fan that was or had been involved with the military. The more and more I began to hear their accounts and feelings, the more I really felt a conviction to tell their story.”

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The five-man band formed in 1981 and has retained four of its original members: Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield. Guitarist Mike Stone joined the lineup in 2003 following the 1998 departure of co-founder Chris DeGarmo, who now works as a charter pilot based out of the Seattle area.

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Queensryche itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

April 16 – 17 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
April 18 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
April 19 Chico, CA Senator Theatre
April 22 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
April 23 San Diego, CA House of Blues
April 24 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
April 25 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
April 26 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
April 28 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
April 29 North Kansas City, MO Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s
April 30 – May 1 Milwaukee, WI Northern Lights Theater
May 3 Walker, MN Northern Lights Casino
May 5 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
May 6 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
May 7 – 8 Chicago, IL House of Blues
May 9 Mount Clemens, MI Emerald Theatre
May 10 Stamford, CT Palace Theatre
May 12 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort & Casino
May 13 Stamford, CT Palace Theatre
May 14 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
May 15 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square
May 16 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
May 17 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
May 19 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
May 20 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
May 21 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
May 22 Houston, TX House of Blues
May 23 San Antonio, TX Hemisfair Park
May 24 Dallas, TX House of Blues
June 4 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
June 5 Kelseyville, CA Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa