Further laying down the gauntlet and keeping the music he’s created over the past three decades alive, Queensrÿche vocalist and founding member Geoff Tate will be taking the...Expand
Further laying down the gauntlet and keeping the music he’s created over the past three decades alive, Queensrÿche vocalist and founding member Geoff Tate will be taking the newly-announced line-up on the road next year to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime. The tour — with dates slated to begin in April (see below) — will feature the arsenal of bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio), drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche/Myth) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) along with special guest appearances and plenty of surprises. In 2006, Queensrÿche brought the theatrical interpretation of the Mindcrime saga to audiences all over the world. A year later, the band would release Mindcrime at the Moore, a double DVD featuring the theatrical performances of both Operation: Mindcrime I & II albums that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Music DVD Chart. The DVD set would mark the band’s first No. 1 chart debut, quickly achieving gold status, selling over 50,000 units. The performance of Operation: Mindcrime next spring will cover all 15 songs from the album including such fan favorites as “Revolution Calling,” “Operation: Mindcrime,” “I Don’t Believe in Love,” and the closing track, “Eyes of a Stranger.” It will also feature other selections from the Queensrÿche catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime II.
The news of the 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour comes just a few weeks after Tate’s eagerly-awaited sophomore solo release, Kings & Thieves, was released on InsideOut Music (11/6/12). His first solo release in more than a decade, Kings & Thieves is a journey into the mind of one of rock’s most dynamic vocalists. It’s been said that “a rolling stone gathers no moss,” and that couldn’t be more true of Tate, as he hit the ground running in mid-October for an intensive trek of tour dates in support of Kings & Thieves, expected to last throughout the year. Among the highlights of the current tour were several Canadian dates with the legendary Alice Cooper earlier this month.