CLEARWATER - Further laying down the gauntlet and keeping the music he’s created for more than three decades alive, Queensryche vocalist and founding member Geoff Tate will be taking the newly-announced line-up on the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime.
The tour will make a stop at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
The tour will feature an 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,” Tate said. “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.”
The performance of Operation: Mindcrime 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 Queensryche catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime II.
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 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 news of the 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour comes just after Tate’s eagerly-awaited sophomore solo release, Kings & Thieves, was released on InsideOut Music late last year. 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.”
Tickets are priced at $79 and $59 and are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, the Capitol Theatre Box Office, by calling 727-791-7400 or visiting www.AtTheCap.com.