Queensrÿche was formed in Seattle, USA, by Geoff Tate (14 January 1959, Stuttgart, West Germany; vocals), Chris DeGarmo (b. Chrisopher Lee DeGarmo, 14 June 1963, Wenatchee, Washington, USA; guitar), Michael Wilton (b. 23 February 1962, San Francisco, California, USA; lead guitar), Eddie Jackson (b. 29 January 1961, Robstown, Texas, USA; bass), and Scott Rockenfield (b. 15 June 1963, Seattle, Washington, USA; drums), from the ashes of club circuit band the Mob and, in Tates case, the Myth. Immediately, Tate offered them a distinctive vocal edge, having studied opera - he had turned to hard rock because of the lyrical freedom it offered.
A four-track demo tape recorded in the basement of Rockenfields parents house in June 1982 led to record store owners Kim and Diana Harris offering to manage the band. The tape itself took on a life of its own, circulating throughout the north-west of America, and in May 1983 the band...