As progressive metal group Queensrÿche completes the final stage of its spring American Soldier Tour this week, plans are already in the works for...

As progressive metal group Queensrÿche completes the final stage of its spring American Soldier Tour this week, plans are already in the works for at least two more tours of duty on the U.S. concert circuit later this year.

A second round of North American concerts picks up July 24 at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY, and ends August 1 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, followed by a fall trek from October 30 at Piere’s Entertainment Center in Ft. Wayne, IN, through November 14 at Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Tickets for select nights of the upcoming treks are already on sale. Information on ticket pricing, as well as future onsale dates and times, will be announced on the official Queensrÿche Web site.

The veteran rock troupe is continuing to support its most recent studio album, “American Soldier,” released March 31. The concept album is the band’s tenth full-length studio album and debuted at No. 25 on the Billboard 200.

The main idea for “American Soldier” stemmed from a recorded conversation between Queensrÿche’s frontman and principle songwriter Geoff Tate and his father, a veteran who served with a couple branches of the armed forces during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

“He had never talked about his experiences in war, and all my life I’ve been asking questions and waiting for the stories that I never heard,” Tate explained in a statement on the band’s official MySpace profile. “These past couple of years he started talking, and I taped one of the conversations. That was the beginning.”

The band has performed more than 30 concerts since the American Soldier Tour launched on April 16-17 at Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, WA. They’ll take the stage again tonight, June 1, for a concert at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ, and continue up the West Coast through the June 6 closing show at McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR.

Following Queensrÿche’s fall trek, the band will go aboard the MSC Poesia for the multiple-day ShipRocked cruise. The venture sails to Jamaica and Grand Cayman from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on November 15 and returns to port on November 20.

Queensrÿche itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

June 1Tucson, AZRialto Theatre
June 3Agoura Hills, CACanyon Club
June 4San Francisco, CAThe Fillmore
June 5Kelseyville, CAKonocti Harbor Showroom
June 6Eugene, ORMcDonald Theatre
July 24Clifton Park, NYNorthern Lights
July 25Poughkeepsie, NYThe Chance Theatre
July 27Toronto, ONPhoenix Concert Theatre
July 28Montreal, QCClub Soda
July 29Hampton Beach, NHHampton Beach Casino Ballroom
July 30Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
July 31Lockport, NYMolson Canal Concert Series
August 1Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion
September 2Monroe, WAEvergreen State Fair
October 30Fort Wayne, INPiere’s Entertainment Center
October 31St. Louis, MOThe Pageant
November 1Joliet, ILRialto Square Theatre
November 4Missoula, MTWilma Theatre
November 5Spokane, WAKnitting Factory Concert House
November 6Boise, IDKnitting Factory Concert House
November 7Stateline, NVHarrah’s Lake Tahoe
November 10Houma, LAThe City Club of Houma
November 11Nashville, TNCannery Ballroom
November 12Atlanta, GAThe Masquerade
November 13Jacksonville, FLPlush
November 14Fort Lauderdale, FLRevolution
November 15 – 20Fort Lauderdale, FLShiprocked – MSC Poesia

Last Updated on June 2, 2009 by By Allison Reitz