GEOFF TATE Introduces His New QUEENSRŸCHE Line-Up In Video Interview
December 3, 2012, 2 years ago
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Vocalist GEOFF TATE introduces his new QUEENSRŸCHE line-up in the video clip below as a build up to the planned tour in celebration of the 25th Anniversary tour of the original band's epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime.
Note that although guitarist Glen Drover (ex-MEGADETH) appears in the video he will not be part of the line-up. He announced his departure on November 24th, and as such his comments were cut from the clip.
Watch for an exclusive interview with Drover coming to BW&BK this weekend, where his decision to bow out of the tour will be addressed.
The Operation: Mindcrime 25th Anniversary tour - with dates slated to begin in April (see below) - will feature the arsenal of bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Bobby Blotzer, guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche/MYTH) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) along with special guest appearances and plenty of surprises.
"It's great to be performing with all of these guys who have been true friends for years," comments Geoff. "Kelly, Randy and I formed Myth more than 30 years ago and I've known Rudy and Bobby for several years as well. I think we are all inspired by the collaboration and couldn't be more excited to bring it to our fans next year."
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 #1 on the Billboard Music DVD Chart.
The DVD set would mark the band's first #1 chart debut, quickly achieving gold status, selling over 50,000 units.
The performance of Operation: Mindcrime next spring will cover all fifteen 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.
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.
"My goal with this record was to make a solid rock album," says Tate. "I wanted it to be an album that I could play live that would be both satisfying and fun because, as a singer, you need to create a show that has a lot of dynamics to it and takes people on a ride."
25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013
6 - Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
11 - Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
12 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
13 - Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
14 - Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
16 - Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
18 - The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
19 - 4th & B in San Diego, California
20 - Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
21 - Fillmore in San Francisco, California
More dates to be announced.