This year must have been like heaven for all fans of Queensryche with 3 releases, the compilation "Sign of the times" feat.bonus tracks and unreleased songs, the Double Live CD/DVD "Mindcrime at the Moore" plus the cover album "Take cover". Normally I´m quite fed up with tribute and cover albums but Queensryche has managed to create an interesting album of odd songs of completely different music styles than we´re used to hear from a hardrock band. It´s not the first time they´re taking on a cover, they did an excellent version of Dalbello´s "Gonna get close to you" on Rage For Order. Ok, there are a few mediocre songs like the Crosby,Stills,Nash and Young original "Almost cut my hair", the operatic "Odissea" and the 10 minute long live version of U2´s "Bullet the blue sky".
But the R&B classic "For the love of money" (originally recorded by The O´Jays) is pretty cool and they have done a nice metal version of "Heaven on their minds" from Jesus Christ Superstar. Their take on Queen´s "Innuendo" sounds very close their own material and it´s ok but the great stuff on this album are: "Neon Knights" (Black Sabbath), "Red rain" (Peter Gabriel), "Synchronicity II" (The Police) and the brilliant "Welcome to the machine" (Pink Floyd). Don´t avoid this album, it´s better than you think.
The Goo Goo Dolls initially consisted of John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (vocals, bass guitar) and George Tutuska (drums, percussion). While Takac and Tutuska had been long-time friends in school, Rzeznik was playing in the band The Beaumonts, with Takac’s cousin. The three founded the band under the name "Sex Maggots". However, when a club owner booked the band, he requested they change the name, as the local newspaper could not print their current name. The trio picked the current name out of a True Detective ad for a toy called a Goo Goo Doll.