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Queensrÿche tabs for Empire

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"Empire" by Queensryche-->

First off, there's the intro riff which is also the chorus part:
repeat 4x
E-|-----------------------------------------------------||
B-|-----------------------------------------------------||
G-|-2-2--2-4-2-----2---5-4-----5---7-5-----7---5--4h5-7-||
D-|-2-2--3-3-3-----3---3-3-----3---5-5-----5---5------5-||
A-|-0-0--------0-0---0-----0-0---0-----0-0---0----------||
E-|-----------------------------------------------------||
After you go through that twice, however, there is this little bit of lead
that kinda copies the vocal line of the chorus:
E-|----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B-|-9b10r9---------------------------|-10--10----10-12--12-10-12-13--13-12-13-|
G-|--------9-10---10-b12r10--9h10----|--------12------------------------------|
D-|-------------------------------12-|----------------------------------------|
A-|----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E-|----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|


E-|------------------------|
B-|-12b15r12-12h13-10~~~~~~|
G-|------------------------|
D-|------------------------|
A-|------------------------|(rhythm guitar ends on A chord diagramA5A5)
E-|------------------------|

The A chord diagramA5A5 is sustained throughout the verses with a few changes like so:

A chord diagramA5A5
Last night the word came down
(A chord diagramA5A5)                 A chord diagramG5G5 A chord diagramC5C5 A chord diagramA5A5
Ten dead in Chinatown
(A chord diagramA5A5)
Innocent, their only crime
        A chord diagramB5B5                   slide to A chord diagramC5C5      A chord diagramA5A5
Was bein' in the wrong place at the wrong time
(A chord diagramA5A5)
"Too bad", people say,
(A chord diagramA5A5)                            A chord diagramG5G5 A chord diagramC5C5 A chord diagramA5A5
"What's wrong with the kids today "
(A chord diagramA5A5)
I'll tell you right now they got nothin' to lose
A chord diagramG5G5               A chord diagramF5F5      A chord diagramA5A5
They're building EMPIRE.
Then this little lead bit:  B-|--8b10-(10)-(10)--| (sustained indefinitely)

While the rhythm (once again) stays on A5.  Do the whole verse bit
over again for the second verse.

Here's the pre-chorus with some lyrics below to help you keep up (repeat
the first section twice, then do the last bit right before the chorus):
E-|--------------------------------------------------------------||-------|
B-|-6---6-6-3--3-3--8--8-8-6--6-6--6--6-6-3--3-3-----------------||-------|
G-|-5---5-5-2--2-2--7--7-7-5--5-5--5--5-5-2--2-2---5--5-5-5--5-5-||-------|
D-|-0---0-0-0--0-0--0--0-0-0--0-0--0--0-0-0--0-0---5--5-5-5--5-5-||-3/5-5-|
A-|------------------------------------------------3--3-3-3--3-3-||-3/5-5-|
E-|--------------------------------------------------------------||-1/3-3-|
   East side_________      Meets   West side___    downtown_____.
   No   time_________        the   walls_fall____  down_____.


After the second chorus, play this right before the bridge (the
"bridge" is what I call the part where that guy does the commentary on
law enforcement):
E-|-----------------------||
B-|-----------------------||
G-|-5-----5-----5-/7~~~~~-||
D-|-5--5--5--5--5-/7~~~~~-||
A-|-3--5--3--5--3-/5~~~~~-||
E-|----3-----3------------||

Then play this part clean (actually with chorus and slight delay...
but what the hell) during the commentary:
E-|-0---------------------------3-------------------||
B-|-3----3--3h5--3----5-6-5-3---3---5----5-6--5h6p5-||
G-|-2----3-------2----5-5-5-2---0---5----5-5--5-----||
D-|-0-----------------------------------------------||(repeat 4x)
A-|-------------------------------------------------||
E-|-------------------------------------------------||
(When the commentary gets to "By way of comparison..." a second guitar
should start chunging out an open A chord diagramD MajorD string with distortion and palm
muting.)

Then there's the solo and the chorus a few times until the end.  There's
also a bit of lead stuff (guitar harmonization between Chris and Michael)
over the last couple of choruses; really nifty lead work...but I'm not
going to tab it!




Once again, you'll have to do this "sans solo" 'cause leads are a pain in
my ass to tab out.  But put all the pieces together and you'll have
something that vaguely resembles Queensryche's "Empire".  'Tis a great song
and a great album.  Email me and be REAL nice and I might be pursuaded to
tab out the solo after all...
Corrections/comments/augmentations are most welcome and will be promptly
responded to (but only if you email them to me).
GOOD LUCK!
Paul D. (s3bz@music.transy.edu)
ⓘ Guitar tab for 'Empire' by Queensrÿche, a heavy metal band formed in 1981 from Washington, USA. Queensrÿche is known for their reflective metal music.

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