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By photojournalist Chaz Dykes

The night began with opening acts Marty Friedman and Trauma, both of whom delivered outstanding performances. Marty’s guitar wizardry was on full display, as he tore through complex riffs and blistering solos. Queensryche’s singer Todd La Torre even joined Marty Friedman on stage to play drums. Trauma, meanwhile, proved to be a perfect warm-up act, delivering a high-energy set that got the crowd pumped up.

Queensryche’s performance at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 16th, 2023 was an absolute triumph. The band’s lead vocalist, Todd La Torre, who lives in the Tampa area, was in top form, delivering stunning vocals that were both powerful and emotive. He effortlessly hit every note, and his commanding stage presence kept the audience enraptured throughout the night.

Queensryche’s setlist was a perfect mix of old and new, as well as tracks from their latest album, which were received with enthusiasm from the crowd. The band’s musicianship was exceptional, with guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone delivering blistering solos and tight rhythms, while bassist Eddie Jackson kept the low-end thumping and drummer Casey Grillo (also a Tampa resident) provided thunderous percussion.

The sound quality at Jannus Live was superb, allowing the band’s music to shine through with crystal-clear clarity. The light show was also top-notch, adding to the overall experience of the concert.

Queensryche’s performance at Jannus Live was a great night of entertainment. The fact that two members of the band call the Tampa area home only added to the excitement of the show for local fans. Anyone who missed this show missed out on an incredible night of music, with some of the best musicians in the business delivering unforgettable performances.