Queensryche To Embark On ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ 25th Anniversary Tour
November 27, 2012
Further laying down the gauntlet and keeping the music he’s created over the past three decades alive, Queensryche 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 — will feature the arsenal of bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio), drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche/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, Queensryche 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 Queensryche 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. “A solid effort from beginning to end and should silence some of Tate’s naysayers,” said SleazeRoxx.com.
“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.”
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.
For all confirmed performances, please see www.queensryche.com.
25th Anniversary ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ 2013 tour:
April 6 – Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
April 11 – Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
April 12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 13 – Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
April 14 – Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
April 16 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
April 18 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
April 19 – 4th & B in San Diego, California
April 20 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
April 21 – Fillmore in San Francisco, California
Courtesy of www.sleazeroxx.com