QUEENSRŸCHE performed at the M3 Rock Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on July 3rd, marking the band’s first live appearance since the departure of the group’s longtime guitarist Parker Lundgren.
As was the case with QUEENSRŸCHE’s concert at the Chiefs Event Center at Shoshone-Bannock Casino in Fort Hall, Idaho in May, the M3 show saw second-guitar duties handled by Mike Stone, who joined QUEENSRŸCHE for the 2003 album “Tribe” and would remain with the band for six years.
Lundgren, a former member of original QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate’s solo group announced his departure from QUEENSRŸCHE in a social media post on Friday (July 2).
Lundgren wrote: “For several years, I have been deeply immersed in collecting and selling guitars, as well as rare and fascinating musical instruments. 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 QUEENSRŸCHE 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 QUEENSRŸCHE.
“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.”
The remaining members of QUEENSRŸCHE added in a separate statement: “For over a decade, it has been a great pleasure watching [Parker] evolve and flourish as a guitarist, songwriter, 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!”
Guitarist Michael Wilton and bassist Eddie Jackson are the sole remaining original members of QUEENSRŸCHE.
You can check out fan-filmed footage of the performance, courtesy of YouTube user “Tito Santana”, below.