Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Queensryche guitarist Parker Lundgren leaves band

Queensryche guitarist Parker Lundgren has announced his departure from the band after more than a decade in the lineup.

“For several years I have been deeply immersed in collecting and selling guitars, as well as rare and fascinating musical instruments,” says Lundgren. “This passion led to the opening of my guitar store Diablo Guitars in 2019. Since then my business has grown and I recently acquired a storefront with a full service repair shop. In 2020 my wife and I opened Lucky Devil Latte, which has quickly expanded to multiple locations. With these new endeavors and ensuing responsibilities, my time to devote to Queensryche has become increasingly strained and I no longer am able to commit the time and focus it deserves.

“For these reasons, I have made the difficult decision to step down from my role as guitarist in Queensryche. I want to thank my friends, family, and fans for making the past 13 years an amazing journey. I wish nothing but the best for my fellow band members, crew and everyone who has supported us. I hope to have your continued support as I pursue new ventures.”

Queensryche issued a statement of their own in support of Lundgren, saying that the rocker “has recently decided to step down to pursue other business ventures, which he has become very invested in over the past couple of years. For over a decade it has been a great pleasure watching him evolve and flourish as a guitarist, song writer, and most importantly, a wonderful human being. Parker will always be family to us and we wish him all the success in the world with his new endeavors. Take hold, Brother!”

Lundgren has not been in the lineup for the Seattle group’s shows this year, which have seen the return of guitarist Mike Stone, who was on board for their 2003 album, “Tribe”, and toured with Queensryche for six years before performing a second stint in 2018.

No official statement has been made regarding Stone’s status at this time.

Queensryche have been working on the follow-up to their 2019 album, “The Verdict”
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