A version of Queensryche plays Mohegan Sun

If prog-metal giants Queensr˙che show up at a gig, and Geoff Tate isn't there to sing "Silent Lucidity," will there be anyone there to hear it?

Or something like that.

Indeed, though Queensr˙che fired founding and iconic vocalist Tate last year, the band has soldiered on and will appear Saturday in a free show at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den.

Let's be clear about this, though. Tate didn't take the dismissal gently. He fought for the rights to use the Queensr˙che name and, apparently, a judge has decided both Tate AND the surviving original 'r˙che members can use the name until a court date in November.

Weird.

No confusion on this gig, though: the Queensr˙che doing the Wolf Den date is NOT the Tate version; instead, it's the other dudes with a new vocalist, ex-Crimson Glory frontman Todd La Torre. Oh, and just for curiosity's sake, it's good to know that this is the 25th anniversary of the band's epic "Operation: Mindcrime" album.

- RICK KOSTER

Queensr˙che, 8 p.m. Saturday, Mohegan Sun Wolf Den; free; 1-888-664-3426, mohegansun.com.

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