The video for "If I Were King," the first single from Queensrÿche's upcoming album American Soldier, will make its worldwide debut March 23, 2009, at noon Eastern Time on Military.com, a military community site serving both active military and veterans. The site will also feature a podcast interview with lead singer Geoff Tate as well as an op-ed column that he wrote exclusively for the site.
The video for "If I Were King" was directed by J. Andrew Colletti and
Jonathan Williams and addresses the same themes of loss and healing that
are the focus of the track. The song was written based on an interview Tate
conducted with Sean Lenahan, a veteran of U.S. conflicts in Somalia and
"Military.com is the perfect place to premiere the 'If I Were King' video and we are proud to be involved with the site," says Tate. "I hope their members can find a connection to the song and video. The whole album is a tribute to the soldiers, told in their own words, sometimes using their own voices, and I hope it will spark discussion within this community."
American Soldier features a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Tate, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts — from World War II to Iraq — Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of war from the soldier's perspective.