Burst Magazine interviewed the delightful Todd La Torre. It’s refreshing to get to write about this half of Queensrÿche!
Burst: Have you taken up singing lessons or are you more self-taught? Do you think that singing lessons are essential?
Todd: I am not a formally trained vocalist and have taught myself what I know so far. I do think that anyone, including myself, could benefit from a good vocal coach as there are many things to be practiced as games, such as breathing techniques and learning how and where the sound actually resonates in the body. I don’t think that the work is ever done.
Now, I’m sure all four Tate supporters are going to make wild claims that this guy is an amateur and now has even admitted it. Well, no.
Bruce Dickinson never took singing lessons. Find me another 23 year old to match the performance on Number Of The Beast. That, and Bruce has taken great care of his voice, with some downfalls in the early ‘90s and an average performance on the Dance Of Death tour. Tate is a trained singer and has devastated his voice, despite knowing how to use it and what he needs to do to take care of it.
Even more impressive than singing for Queensrÿche was when Todd was in Crimson Glory and having to fill the shoes of the remarkable singer Midnight. Midnight had a voice that was truly unlike any other heavy metal singer. I can’t help but be blown away every time I listen to those first two albums. For an untrained singer to fill that role and to be accepted as a replacement is unthinkable.
Burst: Can you share with us the way you joined Crimson Glory? How does it feel being compared with legendary singer Midnight?
Todd: I was introduced to Crimson Glory by my friend Matt Laporte, who played guitar in Jon Oliva’s Pain. I was asked to be a guest vocalist for a concert the band performed in memory of the fallen singer Midnight. I feel I was able to capture some of those qualities that Midnight had, but I would never truly compare myself to him because he was so unique and special in his own way. I was just so very honored to be accepted by those fans and I did the best job that I could.
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