Happy Birthday today (June 14) to former Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo. He's 53. Other rockers celebrating include Danish Metal singer King Diamond (60), singer/keyboardist Rod Argent (71), and Yes drummer Alan White (67).

Queensryche rose to fame in the 1980’s. The band has sold over 20 million records worldwide and gained critical acclaim for their 1988 concept album Operation: Mindcrime. The band’s follow up album Empire in 1990 went triple platinum and featured the hit single “Silent Lucidity”. The band earned two Grammy Award nominations for “Silent Lucidity” 1992 in the categories of Best Rock Song and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

Chris DeGarmo played in Queensryche from 1980 -1998. He was with the band during their most commercially period and since leaving the band, he now makes a living as a charter pilot. He resides in the Seattle area with his wife and children and is no longer involved in the music business.

King Diamond
Rod Argent
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