Robert Cavuoto: Can you tell us about the new Queensrycheís CD, Dedicated to Chaos, and how it differs from previous Queensryche releases?
Michael Wilton: Itís kind of a new departure for us. Thatís about it. Itís coming out the 28th and weíll be touring it pretty extensively.
Robert: When you say "departure", I thought your last album, American Solider, was a real departure. What can we expected for this one?
Michael Wilton: Definitely more alternative but Iím more of a metal guy.
Robert: Does everybody contribute to the songwriting process?
Michael Wilton: No. I just lent my talents to the recording. Everything was done with Yousendit.com. I worked in my studio, which is Watershed Studio, and basically tracked all my guitar parts there.
Robert: Are all the songs pre-developed?
Michael Wilton: Yeah. The ideas were pre-developed. It was just for me to add my flavor to them.
Robert: As you mentioned earlier, the roots of your style is always in the hard rock, heavy metal. Do you think that Queensryche will eventually put another hard rock album out?
Michael Wilton: Itís hard to say. I donít know what four members are thinking. My solo projects definitely have that.
Robert: What was the thinking behind doing Cabaret? Looking back, it doesnít seem very metal-esque. I know that youíve always changing up your style, but I think a lot of your core fans were surprised to see that. Could you shed some light on it?
Michael Wilton: Yeah. I have to say it wasnít any of my brainstorming or anything. This was more the others. It was a challenge and a risk, to bring that kind of a stage show to a hard rock, metal performance. It was no easy task. Having dancers, gymnasts and everything galore. It was the best it could be for what it was. We didnít have billions of dollars behind us to market it and promote it or to be like Las Vegas style or anything. Itís a chapter in post-Queensryche and it is what it is.
And when did Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon start selling wine LOL:
I think Chris DeGarmo is hiding from the barrage of subpenas he's going to receive from both sides...
DeGarmo was the only co-writer/voice keeping Tate's ego in check. Look at the 'injured' parties...drummer/rythym guitar/bass. You know...the 'Ringos'.
What? No love for CHIMP SPANNER!??!?!?!