Geoff Tate giving back with proceeds from concert and auction going to charity MercyWatch
Operation: Mindcrime and former Queensrÿche frontman Geoff Tate is gearing up to give back in a big way with proceeds from a concert and an auction going to benefit the charity MercyWatch.
The following message was posted on Operation: Mindcrime‘s Facebook page less than an hour ago:
“Concert and Auction for personal performance to benefit MercyWatch.
This year for the holidays I am doing a concert in my own community and donating 100% of the proceeds to MercyWatch.
The concert will be held in Mattie Hall at Immaculate conception Catholic Church in Everett Washington at 7pm on November 11, 2017. I plan to do my acoustic story teller show featuring hits and rarities from my 18 studio albums along with my personal stories spanning my 35 year career. I will feature 2 guitars, Bass, Cajon and Violin for a high energy acoustic evening. Joining me will be my personal friends from Ireland “Fire and Water”
In addition to the concert I am going to host an auction to sing a personal performance for the winner’s private event with the proceeds from the winner of that auction also being donated to MercyWatch.
I can arrive at your corporate event, family reunion, wedding etc and I will do a mutually agreed performance on a mutually agreed date for you and your guests. To Bid on the auction please email Miranda@GeoffTate.com and include (1. Your total bid in US dollars 2. Why you want me to play your event and what it is. ) I will pick a winner in each category on November 1st giving everyone a chance. Your bid amount will go to MercyWatch.
If you are unable to attend the concert or unable to bid in our auction I would ask that you please go to mercywatch.org and dontate.
MercyWatch has established a mission to serve the marginalized and outcasts of Snohomish County; men, women and children living on the streets. They do this with street medicine and outreach.
Their mission is to sow new life, hope and peace through a commitment to serve and be present to those on the streets mired in addiction, mental health crisis and poverty, and to work with them for a better future.
MercyWatch is made up of a 100% volunteer staff of doctors, nurses, mental health counselors and outreach specialists. This allows them to use your donation to help those most in need with basic survival and medical supplies. MercyWatch is a faith-based, ecumenical nonprofit. www.mercywatch.org
I have begun to realize that I have it all. I have happiness and prosperity. I am surrounded by love and I have perfect health. Since my move to Everett this year I have walked daily by those with almost nothing. I want to touch their lives in a positive way and share what I can to help those around me to live their best life possible. WE ARE ALL IN THIS LIFE TOGETHER!
– Geoff Tate“
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Tate‘s acoustic performance in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada back in April 2017: “Recruiting some young blood to play with him turned out to be a great move for Tate as his bandmates’ enthusiasm while playing was absolutely infectious. Tate also seemed very happy to be there and really into the songs that were being played. Kicking things off with two classic era Queensrÿche songs — “Walk In The Shadows” and “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” — gave Tate and his band a strong start. Hearing “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” live was definitely a real treat.
From then on, it was a captivating night of story telling from Tate before just about each song. I won’t mention all the stories that Tate spoke about on this night as better to experience them live from him than from me in writing. I will say that the various songs played by Tate on this night, some of which I didn’t know or forgot about with the passage of time, took on extra significance once Tate explained what they meant to him or how they came to be. One story in particular touched me which I will share with you. Tate‘s father had participated in I believe the Korean war back in 1955 but had never shared anything with Tate about that time and his experiences despite the younger Tate asking about it from time to time. One night when an older Tate and his father were having a drink together, his father all of a sudden opened up about his time in the war. That inspired Tate to write the conceptual album American Soldier that was released in 2009.