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QUEENSRYCHE – EYES OF A STRANGER – METAL REWIND

Queensryche band

L to R: Geoff Tate, Scott Rockenfield, Chris DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson, Michael Wilton

Happy Friday Metalheads. In honor of Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield and former guitarist Chris DeGarmo’s upcoming birthdays this weekend, let’s go back to 1988 to their third album “Operation: Mindcrime” for the track “Eyes of a Stranger.”

Operation: Mindcrime is a conceptual album that follows the story of Nikki, a recovering heroin addict who became disillusioned and frustrated with contemporary society and ended up joining a secret organization dedicated to revolution. As the album unfolds, we go through Nikki’s journey and the final track on the album “Eyes of a Stranger” summarizes the story of his journey and the feeling that he is looking at a total stranger when looking at himself in the mirror now that he is clean.

This song is a fan favorite and the number 1 song in the band’s setlist. The song charted at #35 on the Billboard chart in the US and #59 on the UK singles chart and was also ranked at #67 in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Metal Albums of all Time” in 2017.

Happy Birthday guys!!

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “EYES OF A STRANGER” BELOW