Queensryche (2006)

FRIDAY 14th July 2006,
The Palace St Kilda, Melbourne Australia


It's no secret about the melodicrock boards that I am a huge fan of Queensryche. Now being a friend of Andrews for the last sixteen years has had its perks, but nothing quite like the opportunity he created for me on the day of Queensryche's first Australian show in St Kilda / Melbourne on the 14th of July 2006. Andrew asked if I would be interested in interviewing Geoff Tate after their sound check for their first show, like he had to ask twice!

I was fortunate enough to watch the band sound check and get an earful of The Lady Wore Black and Take Hold of the Flame (Wow!), before being sat down in a back room to conduct this interview. A huge thankyou to Geoff for the interview and to the band (including Pamela Moore) for coming to Australia and putting on these great shows. Thanks to Adam (Queensryche's tour manager) for helping arrange this and for allowing my young brother Phillip to join me for the interview, throw in some questions and join the after show meet and greets.

Last but not least thanks to Andrew for pulling out all the stops and putting this all together for us. Bearing in mind it was my first time seeing the band live, it turned out to be one hell of a night to remember! Great work Andrew, I owe you mate!!!!! [Thaks for the report Mick...]






  • Interview by Mick (WardyS3) for melodicrock.com, Melbourne Aus 14 July 2006

    Q.        (Introductions)… Thanks Geoff, we've come a fair way and a little unprepared, it was only a couple of days ago Andrew of melodicrock.com organised all this for us. He's not a fan of Queensryche [Thanks for dropping me in it Mick!!] but as you can see from our excitement, fortunately for my brother and I we are long time fans of the band (all laughing), and this is just an incredible opportunity for us and we thank you for your time.

    A.        All right, sure.

    Q.        You arrived yesterday?

    A.        I think so, yeah.

    Q.        Have you seen much of Melbourne?

    A.        No, no not enough, it's a very cool city, I'd like to spend more time here.

    Q.        Are you planning to see anything before you leave…

    A.        Well this tour is kind of like a very hectic, boom boom boom, kind of thing. It's our first time here so we're trying to do as many cities as we can, there's three cities, and you've gotta leave something for next time.

    Q.        Sure. You had an interview recently with KNAC.com, I don't know what it is about those guys but they always seem to get the latest from you. There you mentioned that you'd now be doing condensed versions of Mindcrime I and II for the Australian shows, and perhaps a few extras, we were expecting the full albums back to back and obviously now there's going to be some surprises?

    A.        Well actually the plan was back to back full albums in the States and in Europe, and in Australia we were doing a condensed version of both records.

    Q.        You're coming to Australia, first time here, and you thought it would be a good idea to give us something from the bands history as well?

    A.        Yeah we're going to be playing some songs off the old albums, other albums as well.

    Q.        Excellent. Okay, onto Mindcrime II it's been out for a little while now, looking back at it, and having lived with it for so long now through the recording process the release and the touring, is there anything about it at all that you'd want to change about the album or are you happy how it's turned out?

    A.        Oh yeah, I'm very happy with it.

    Q.        What was the most challenging song on Mindcrime II as far as vocals went for you to sing?

    A.        Um, well writing it was really the challenge, it's one of the most challenging records I think we've done. Some things kind of came easy and other parts of it were a real struggle, it took months and months to develop. There's a song called Murderer which took a long time to come together, it started out as primarily just a riff, and then through chopping it up and putting the chords in different places and adding stuff and subtracting we came up with sort of an outline of a song. But then the time signature of the song changes throughout the verse and so it required building a verse melody that was in different rhythms, which I've never had to do before, so that was a real challenge doing something like that. I think it took something like two weeks of work on it to get it to feel right and sit right. But when you write something it's like building a boat or building a house, it's a puzzle. You know, it takes craftsmanship, a little bit of inspiration but mostly craftsmanship to make things work, and to fit together, and so you kind of have to piece it together and piece it together until you get something like a framework and after that of course you can embellish it with the more artistic flair, once you get the basic framework worked out. But that's what I love about making music, it's so challenging, because you start with nothing, just an idea in your head and you build on it and build on it until you have this, finished thing that hopefully will convey the message you're trying to talk about and hopefully effect somebody that's listening to it in a positive way.

    Q.        So Murderer started off from a riff and took a long time to complete. Is it because a riff is so good you feel the song has to be forced to work, or is it that you just let it come naturally? I mean, how do you decide with those initial riffs that it's going to be such a song?

    A.        Well, usually for me it's just do I fall in love with the riff or not, and I loved the energy of the riff and just the way it felt and I figured that that was a needed component in the story, and it was such a strong riff that it had to be used at some point, so the challenge was letting it develop, not trying to force it as you said, but let it happen at it's own pace and then once the framework was built then, letting it take off from there.

    Q.        You've often commented that you've never been a true fan of metal.

    A.        Um hmm.

    Q.        Do you find then because of that it's harder for you to be as creative with the heavier riffs as opposed to something else that you're given, or does it just seem to come naturally for you?

    A.        Well, I guess I should probably specify, you know metal – I've never been part of a scene, in fact I hate it, I hate scenes where people feel like they have to conform and be part of something, I'm not a party person, I don't belong to any political party, religious group, a music scene, nothing like that. I consider myself a rogue. I don't drive with the traffic, I'm the guy that's out ahead or behind the pack, I just refuse to be involved with that, so it's not that I disrespect metal or the people that play it, it's in the contrary to that, I think they're some of the best players in the world. It's just that I don't like to categorise myself or my band as being one thing, it's too limiting for me to think of myself in that, in those terms, in other people's terms I guess is what I am saying. I want to define myself, I don't want to have others define who I am or what I do, you know. So, trying to encapsulate that statement in a short sound byte oftentimes gets taken the wrong way by people.

    Q.        I think it has, yeah.

    A.        And people have been going “Oh, who's he think he is, he doesn't like metal”.

    Q.        They have.

    A.        Well, so the fuck what? Big deal what I like and I don't like. If you don't believe what I believe, cool!

    Q.        You've more than answered that then! (laughing). Very cool thanks!

    A.        (laughing) But really, I mean we play and know, with a lot of so-called metal musicians and I count many of them my friends and my peers, I mean they're great players and great artists and it's not that I'm trying to belittle them, it's just that I don't want to be part of somebody else's idea of who I should be.

    Q.        Just on a side note then, before we continue on with Mindcrime, the idea that you're not just metal and not wanting to categorise yourself showed through with your first solo album which, by the way, I thought was a gem…

    A.        Thanks.

    Q.        So what can we expect with your next solo album, I know you've commented it's done, it's finished?

    A.        Um, not quite, almost.

    Q.        Okay, is it much the same thing or have you branched out yet again.

    A.        No that's, it's a different thing. It's other sort of experimentation, I've been in a laboratory mixing chemicals and this is what you get, you know.

    Q.        I was and know of others who were impressed with your vocals on Mindcrime II, and in particular the high note you sing on Re-arrange You. Over the years you seem very comfortable in the mid to higher ranges, but is it becoming more difficult for you to sing those higher notes?

    A.        No, it's a matter of, I don't know how to explain it. Again, I think it's just a matter of trying new things and different things and trying to let the song develop in a way and not have to force it into sounding a certain way because that's what I do. I like to be more chameleon-like with what a song is about, I try to give each song it's own identity and it's own feel, and if I'm constantly doing vocal gymnastics over things it kind of loses the emotion I think, and it becomes, like, difficult to listen to.

    Q.        You've certainly made your point over the years and would it be a fair comment to say you're now content to just let the song sell the song?

    A.        Yeah, I think so. I think that, for me, melody and the words are the most important things in a song, and so I pretty much concentrate on that. I'm trying to get the message across, and try to do it in a way, in a melodic way, that people will be able to relate to and sing to, I think that's important too, and not too many people can sing in really high registers comfortably, and so if you make it in a place where that's uncomfortable for them I think they kind of turn off to the song in a sense, and then if they turn off the song they're not hearing what you have to say.

    Q.        I'm American to me, is a stab at the U.S. Government and there's certainly other references throughout the album on tracks such as Hostage. There were comments about the internet when it was announced Queensryche were going to tackle Mindcrime II, that some people were concerned that you would have too much to say on this record, and to be honest I would have liked you to have said more. Was there a conscious effort on your behalf to restrain yourself in this regard or are you happy with what you have said with Mindcrime II?

    A.        Well, you know the story is a conclusion to Mindcrime I, and in this conclusion to me the character doesn't give a shit about politics, he doesn't give a shit about anything other than revenge, and so he doesn't really have too much commentary about it. I mean he's been isolated in prison, he doesn't vote, he doesn't watch the news, what does he care? So to me the thrust of the lyrics and the thrust of the story is about his revenge and his feelings about that and then ultimately what that does to him, where those feelings of revenge and that need to exact revenge takes him, and the political aspect, it was more important when he was younger, it seemed to matter more, and that might reflect just my own age, I am less and less interested in politics, it is all to me just, almost a waste of time, because in my short life I see it all happening all the time, things aren't any different today than they were twenty years ago. You know, the rich are still rich, they're still calling the shots, the middle class is paying for everything and the lower classes are still in the predicament they're in. And those are like major things that don't really change that quickly, and I don't think they ever will, I think that's just the way things are. The people that are at the top of the food chain are going to stay there no matter what, cause that's what's important to them, and they're not going to let anybody else knock them off their perch if they can help it. They're going to do whatever it takes to stay there, whether it be, creating chaos and unrest in the Middle East to keep the gas prices high so their companies can make more money, it makes sense to me maybe if I was in their position I'd do the same thing, but I don't know, it all seems sort of worthless in a way to me, the whole political thing. Like so much, so many talking heads debating points that can go on forever. You know if you bring up a point there's always other people who can counter your point with information, confuse the issue, put a spin on it and discredit you no matter, no matter how smart you are or how good your intentions are, everybody, anybody can be knocked down. So, I dunno, it's just the age I'm at, I sort of see it as a futile exercise.

    Q.        Mike Stone, a lot of contribution to Mindcrime II.

    A.        Yeah.

    Q.        Is he here to stay?

    A.        I hope so. I enjoy working with Mike. He's a very creative guy, we share a lot of interests, we both ride motorcycles, we both like to sail. He's a family man, me too. He's got a great sense of humour, he keeps the band kind of centred somewhat. We've all kind of got volatile personalities and he's the kind of guy that cools everybody off and makes everybody laugh rather than fight. So that's, that's good.

    Q.        Jason Slater, how important was he to Mindcrime II?

    A.        Oh, very important. Slater is a bizarre character, very extreme and unique personality, very creative and talented. He grew up listening to Mindcrime and really wanted to do this record and it was sort of by chance that we got working with him. He, his band opened up for us in a short tour through the south west of the United States, and we just started talking music and he mentioned Mindcrime, one of his favourite records, and he actually asked me the question, he said “when are you gonna do a sequel to it?”, and I said “well, it's funny you mention that because I'm working on it right now”, and he says “really”? So we talked more and that started the ball rolling.

    Q.        He was about as excited as what we are talking to you here right now I'd imagine?

    A.        Yeah!

    Q.        You've also commented on KNAC.com that you've begun work on the next album. Can we, and this is me being greedy, can we expect a theme orientated album or any concept for the next one?

    A.        For the next Queensryche album? Oh yeah.

    Q.        Many feel as do I that Queensryche are at their strongest when creating with themes or concepts and I think Mindcrime II has proven that yet again.

    A.        Yeah, that's kind of the direction we're going in.

    Q.        Great. How far have you gotten so far?

    A.        Just beginning really, the beginning stages.

    Q. You've said that all your albums sort of reflect a stage in your life, and Mindcrime II is sort of a little bit angry, but also very resigned …

    A.        Umm.

    Q.        … to the political situation. Considering you just said that you have already said all you had to say in regard to the political climate, what direction, what kind of theme will the next album take? Is it more of a Tribe type of feel?

    A.        Oh it's definitely not a Tribe feel. It's a story and it involves characters, and um, all I can really say about it at the moment, I don't want to give too much of it away, it's definitely a story, definitely a theme, concept record and it's very intense, I think it's going to be very intense in the way that it's in-depth, there's a lot of it, we're shooting for something quite a bit more in-depth than Mindcrime II, something more, um, longer songs, that kind of thing.

    Q.        An emotional kind of push behind it?

    A.        Yeah very emotional. We're shooting for that.
            You never know what you're gonna get.

    Q.        Okay, and will the whole band be involved in the writing, alongside Jason Slater if he comes back again.

    A.        Um, yeah I'm sure, you know…

    Q.         All doors are open?

    A.        Yeah sure. You know, we have, in our band we have a sort of a, well, different people get involved to certain extents depending on the album and the song, the point in their life that they're at, sometimes people are really unable to lock or commit themselves to an idea or a theme or even time spent working on a record and we've managed to stay a band because we give everybody in the band room to do what they need to do and I think that works for us, you know.

    Q.        Um hmm.

    A.        Like, like Michael for example, he was really influential on the last album but this record, he didn't have a lot to add to it, he just hit a creative block and was interested in working on some stuff with his family, so we gave him the space to do it. He came in with some riffs that were incredibly important to the record, um, but that's kind of what works for us, you know. Not everybody is involved in the same …

    Q.        Capacity?

    A.        Capacity, yeah.

    Q.        I do want to ask one Degamo related question, there's been some comments that you would be happy to work with him again in some other project, outside of Queensryche even. Bearing in mind Mindcrime II has turned out so well is it likely that you would still be interested, is that something that does interest you or …

    A.        Oh yeah, yeah. Chris is fantastic musician.

    Q.        You still get along well with him obviously?

    A.        Oh yeah, yeah, I talked to him a couple of weeks ago. It's not that he's not welcome to work with us, it's just that again it kinda goes back to my earlier statement, sometimes people need to get away for a while, they need to have a break and, sometimes they're not up for it. Like he wasn't up for work on this record, he just couldn't commit himself to it and we needed to have somebody that was really full throttle and in on it. And so it turned out the way it did, I have no regrets about that, but in the future, I'd definitely like to work with him on something.

    Q.        After near twenty years of being a fan and now having three kids and a mortgage for myself, I've never had the opportunity to travel and see you, so why the fuck has it taken you so long to get to Australia?

    A.        (laughing) Yeah, well I asked myself that too. Well, as a rock band people I think have a misconception that you just go wherever you want and play, but the business doesn't work that way. You need a promoter, to promote the show, sell tickets and that kind of thing. Because unfortunately it's an economic gamble, and we've just never had a promoter that we've been able to convince that we can do business here. I don't know why, but we've never had the ability to come here before, so this is a real treat for us, we've been waiting and hoping to come to Australia for many years, and after so many years of being in a band and touring around the world it's a great feeling to go to a place you've never been before. A new city to explore, new people to meet, you know, I ate kangaroo last night at dinner and I've never done that before.

    Q.        Really? Even we don't eat too much kangaroo (laughing).

    A.        (laughing) Oh really? It was good!

    Q.        You're not staying for very long after completing the three shows?

    A.        No, no I think we're here for, like, four days and then we're off.

    Q.        Well, it's been an absolute pleasure. We will hopefully get to see you later after the show, and you'd do well to avoid us because we'll likely be quite pissed!

    A.        Great! Me too (laughing).

    Q.        It's been an absolute pleasure speaking with you Geoff and you've been very generous with your time. Thanks for being so informative and I'm sure the shows will be fantastic. Thanks mate!

    A.        You're welcome.

Queensryche - Geoff Tate (2001)


Queensryche Interview - Interview conducted Thursday 20th October 2001.
Geoff Tate, who is the lead vocalist for Seattle's own Queensryche, took the time to talk to Justin Donnelly about the bands new double live album 'Live Evolution'.

Why a live album at this stage in your career?
It wasn't planned at all, and was a kind of a spontaneous in our decision to make it. Our new record company Sanctuary inspired it. We went out to dinner after they came to see us play, when someone suggested we should do a live record. The next day, following a lovely dinner and several bottles wine, we had an agreement to do a live record. (Laughs)

How was the track selection organised? Did you decide to slip in some tracks that hadn't been played for a while?
Their (Sanctuary) idea, what they would ultimately like to see, was a well-rounded record. And the more we (The band) talked about it, we came up with more and more songs we wanted to include on it. It just turned into a big monster. Then we thought, 'Wow! We've got so many songs, why do we just represent our entire career by taking a couple of songs from each record.' So anyway it was sort of growing and growing and it turned into a very large live record! (Laughs)

You have some unusual songs in the set. In particular are some from the 'Rage For Order' album. Is there anything that was a real challenge to play live considering that they hadn't been played in some time?
Well a lot of it we haven't played in a long time. Some of the songs, I think, we've never played live before. 'London' from 'Rage For Order' had never been played before. We came up with a big master list of all the songs we wanted to try, and it came down to a deadline we had to meet. The whole project was very quickly done. It was executed very well, but in a short period of time. It was really up to the guys in the band to learn the songs that they didn't know, and to rehearse them in a short given amount of time. These are the one they could play by the time the show came around. (Laughs)

Was the track listing also dictated to some extent by the fans that log onto the website with requests?
Sure. We collated their input, the record company's input and the band, and came up with the list of songs featured.

Were there any songs that are hard to perform live?
(After a long pause) There aren't any songs that I would call impossible to play live, but some are difficult. A lot of Queensryche songs are difficult to play live. It's quite a difficult question to answer because everybody (In the band) has their own opinion of what's difficult to play. For me, in the physical standpoint, no, they're not that difficult. It's just the mental aspect of putting yourself in that place that's always a bit difficult. That's because some of that material is really, really old, and I'm not in that same headspace any more. So it's kind of interesting to journey backwards! (Laughs)

What sort of preparation was there for this album? Also, was there anything that was fixed up after the album was recorded?
Well we really wanted it to be a real accurate representation of the band playing live. And for me, I approached this thing really differently. I didn't rehearse with the band. I just came in for the sound check for the show, then played the show. So the music was all really fresh for me. I hadn't rehearsed it into the ground, so to speak. There was a lot of excitement and it was new and different. It was a new sort of event for us to do and I felt really good for those two nights, and it went really well. I wanted to project that accurate representation of that. As far as the music goes, I'm not really sure if there were any touch ups in the studio or not. I'm not sure what was done there.

Now, you're in the studio recording at the moment. Was there any temptation to put a new Queensryche song on the live album?
No. Queensryche hasn't written anything for the new album yet. I'm in the studio now working on my solo project. As for Queensryche goes, we are scheduled to start writing and recording in January 2002. So we really haven't done anything since the shows in July. And we don't expect to do anything until January.

What would you say best sums up the direction of the material on your forthcoming solo album?
(After a long pause) Well you know my entire career I've worked with one band and one group of people. And at this point in my life, I'm kind of recognising a want, and a need, to branch out and have different experiences with different musicians. So I wanted to do a record that was a collaborative effort and with as many people as I could. So I started contacting people that I really liked, those who I liked their writing and their playing, and in a short time I had a whole list of people that I was working with and collaborating with. This is really a record of collaborative music with different people, rather than a focussed project with the same people. And I wanted to do something that was very different to Queensryche. Different from what they would do, and could do, of course. I really started writing without using guitars and I found that really inspired me (Laughs). All my life I've been surrounded with very loud guitars, and this was a complete departure from that.

So would the material be more electronic, or vocally influenced?
I would say it's revolved around the singing. The songs are voice dominated rather than guitar dominated songs. The main instrumentation is rhythm and a vocal. It has plenty of chord changes been done by keyboards, or bass guitar and that sort of thing. There is some guitar on the record, but it's not like anything like riff style rock guitar.

So there will be plenty of opportunity to flex those vocal muscles?
Yeah. This album has been in my head for a while. Really it's more or less an exercise in collaboration with different people. That was what I was really after.

So will the album come out under your name, or a band name?
I haven't really decided yet. It's still a work in progress really. We just got into the studio last week, and the first week is purely laying down drum tracks. So it doesn't really have a title yet either. I'm kind of waiting to see to how it all sounds when it's done. That will decide if it should be called one thing or the other. It's so varied. It doesn't really have a theme to it. I want to see if does develop a theme for itself by the time we get done recording it.

Is there any particular reason why you decided to release a solo album now?
Well I think when Chris (De Garmo) left the band (Queensryche) that really was the instigator for starting a project like this. I have sort of envisioned myself only working with Queensryche for my entire career, and when he left the band, it sort of forced me into looking for other people to play with. I guess that's what kind of did it! (Laughs) It started me on a sort of hunt for a collaborative effort. So, here I am doing a completely separate record from Queensryche. It's kind of unexpected for me, but I'm really enjoying it. I think it's a good exercise really, because when the next Queensryche album comes around, I'll definitely be ready and excited to do it. I've been immersed in another way of thinking for a while, and it'll be nice to come back to familiar territory. Something far heavier anyway.

Have you heard the other Queensryche solo projects, like Rockenfield/Speer (Scott Rockenfield - Queensryche guitarist and Paul Speer) or Spys4Darwin (Chris De Garmo - Ex-Queensryche), Vin Dombroski (Lead singer of Sponge), and Mike Inez & Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains rhythm section)?
No. I haven't got around to those yet.

What sort of direction will Queensryche be heading when they head back into the studio?
I can't really answer that because it changes once you start writing.

How do you feel about other band in the progressive field such as Dream Theater and Transatlantic? How do Queensryche fit into that genre these days?
Well I'm really unfamiliar with those bands, so I couldn't really comment! (Laughs)

Do you compare yourselves with any other groups?
Oh I try not to! (Laughs) I really don't listen to a lot of other people's music. I'm pretty consumed with what's going on in my own head. And I never consider myself a part of any kind of movement really. It's a movement of Queensryche and that's probably it! (Laughs)

Where's your main source of inspiration for the music and lyrics these days?
It's the same place it's always been. Really, it's just life experience. When was that (Lengthy pause), I guess after 'Operation: Mindcrime' that I got rid of my television. I guess since then I really been trying to focus on myself and what's going on inside of my own head, my circle of acquaintances, friends and family. I sort of look to that as my inspiration, as apposed to world events, politics and things like that. I'm pulling all the inspiration from my own resources.

How do you look back on the last album ('Q2K') from Queensryche?
Well 'Q2K' is a good example of the band experimenting with the new chemistry. Probably lots of people don't know this, or have ever thought about it, but with Kelly (Gray) coming into the band, he became the main songwriter. He wrote every song on the record, physically. So his style and his influences and his way of thinking about music is what that record is all about. The things he's heard and the things he hears in his head all came out on that record. That album saw Kelly and I working and writing together for the first time on an album. So it was really our first attempt and our first try to put something together. Chris was the main writer in the band for years and years. He's a very talented musician, and I think some people probably forget that. Everybody seems to think that everyone contributes and writes in this band. That's not always true. It's usually one or two people who define the sound and the style of any given record or song. Scott (Rockenfield) has contributed something like three songs in twenty years. It's difficult to collaborate with people who don't work! (Laughs)

Do you guys have any input towards the re-release of the 'Operation: Livecrime' D.V.D.?
Oh yeah. Jimbo (James Barton) remixed it not long ago. I have a good relationship with E.M.I. I talk to them regularly about what their plans are for re-releasing Queensryche stuff. They call and get input about what we want it to look like, and if we would like to add anything to it at this time. We've been trying to get our different record labels to work together. That would allow us to put new stuff on the E.M.I. re-releases and old stuff on the new releases. Unfortunately they haven't quite seen the light yet. (Laughs) They kind of operate in the old school way. That means it's tough competition.

There's the usual argument about promoters unwilling to take the gamble and bring down groups like yourselves down here, but have you ever wanted to play down here in Australia?
Well if you guys had better beer, we'd probably be there! (Laughs) No, just kidding. We've always wanted to come to Australia. Always wanted to. There are a few places in the rock and roll influenced world that we haven't played yet. Greece and Spain are just a couple. We haven't been there in all these years. We know quite a lot of people in bands that have been to Australia, and we have friends there as well, so we know all about it. We've just never had the opportunity to go down and play some shows.

Do you think Queensryche still has something to prove to people out there?
Well I don't quite look at it in that sort way. I see music as a reflection of life, and life is still going on. So there'll always be something to write, talk and discuss. That's the beauty of art and expression, and that's what music is. Music isn't competition. It isn't like a sporting event where you have something to prove, or be competing against another band or artist. Record companies deal in that kind of world. They're the ones selling a product, and using the sports team mentality to operate their business. Music is self-expression. It's much more than competition or sporting events. It's people's feelings and their thoughts about things. So in answer to your question, yeah, there will always be something to say and write about, and there will always be a perspective on an event.

After a rigorous and deep probing interview (Not), I was more than happy to leave Geoff to enjoy what was left of another beautiful, gorgeous sunny day at home.

For information on Queensryche and related bands, check out the following sites-

The official Queensryche website-

Geoff Tate's solo website- http://www.geofftate.com/

Michael Wilton's (Queensryche guitarist) solo website- http://www.michaelwilton.com/

Chris De Garmo's (Ex-Queensryche guitarist) new band Spys4Darwin website-


© Justin Donnelly 2001


QUEENSRYCHE - "Man The Machine" (Lyric Video)

Queensrÿche have announced the release of The Verdict on March 1, 2019, via Century Media Records.
"I'm extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish on this record. The relentless dedication and hard work of everyone involved has been very rewarding," singer Todd La Torre said in a statement. "I am excited and looking forward to it no longer just belonging to us, but belonging to the world. We hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!"
Added guitarist Michael "Whip" Wilton, "The Verdict is the most metal and the most progressive record we have made in a long time. I couldn't possibly be more excited for everyone to hear this."
The Verdict was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA, Planet-Z in Wilbraham, MA and Watershed Studio in Seattle, WA. A Pledge pre-order campaign is currently running here.
Additionally, Queensryche will be heading out on a spring 2019 tour in support of The Verdict. Support will come from Fates Warning, with the Cringe joining both bands on select dates. For more information, as well as purchasing tickets, go to QueensrycheOfficial.com.

OPERATION: MINDCRIME 'Resurrection' Due September 23

Friday, September 23, 2016
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Frontiers Music srl is excited to announce the release of 'Resurrection', the new album from Operation: Mindcrime, the brainchild of legendary vocalist Geoff Tate. The album is set for a worldwide release on September 23, 2016.

'Resurrection' is the second part of the musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. Following one year after the release of the debut album in September 2015, Operation: Mindcrime continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensr'che vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen.

'The album 'Resurrection' is the second part of our three album presentation or trilogy. It continues the story that began on the first album 'The Key' with the near death experience of the lead character known as 'H' and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key. With the Key finally in his possession, 'H' has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called 'The New Reality'. Or does he',' explains Geoff Tate.

Tate continued, 'I'm excited for people to hear and experience 'Resurrection' because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album, 'The Key'. Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I've ever written.'

Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three GRAMMY nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Video Music Awards along the way. The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate's unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples "Silent Lucidity" and "Jet City Woman." By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music. From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009's overlooked gem American Soldier - Tate's ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans - Tate's 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results.

'Resurrection' Track Listing:
1. Ressurrection
2. When All Falls Away
3. A Moment In Time
4. Through the Noize
5. Left For Dead
6. Miles Away
7. Healing My Wounds
8. The Fight
9. Taking On The World (Feature Tim Ripper Owens and Blaze Bayley)
10. Invincible
11. A Smear Campaign
12. Which Side Your On
13. Into The Hands Of The World
14. Live From My Machine

Musicians Featured On 'Resurrection' Include:
- Geoff Tate - Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
- Kelly Gray - Guitars, Bass, Vocals
- Scott Moughton - Guitars, Keyboards
- Randy Gane - Keyboards
- David Ellefson - Bass
- John Moyer - Bass
- Simon Wright - Drums
- Scott Mercado - Drums
- Brian Tichy - Drums
- Tim 'Ripper' Owens - Vocals
- Blaze Bayley - Vocals
- Mark Daily - Vocals
- Nick Greatrex - Guitars

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QUEENSRYCHE Announce 2016 Australian Tour

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American Progressive Metal Legends, QUEENSRYCHE return to Australia for their first tour in nearly a decade thanks to Tombowler www.tombowler.com.au + Metropolis Touring www.metropolistouring.com + David Roy Williams
Having sold over 30 million albums around the world over the course of their storied 30-plus-year career, QUEENSRYCHE triumphant legacy of progressive metal classics is one of the most celebrated in hard rock and heavy metal and the band's revitalised line up has consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen.
QUEENSRYCHE's critically acclaimed new offering, 'Condition H'man", sees vocalist Todd LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is his sophomore album with the band, cementing his status as the only frontman with the pipes and presentation to front a QUEENSRYCHE that delivers the high octane metal swagger fans have been longing for.
QUEENSRYCHE first burst onto the music scene in 1982 and very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With 'The Warning' in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of 'Rage For Order' QUEENSRYCHE continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80's. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album 'Operation:Mindcrime', which would go on to become one of the best selling concept records of all time, setting the stage for sold out performances across the globe. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful "Empire" in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV "Viewer's Choice" award for the #1 chart topping hit "Silent Lucidity". Since recruiting singer Todd LaTorre in 2012, the band has gone on to release two acclaimed 'comeback' albums and perform hundreds of shows featuring crowd pleasing setlists of fan favourite anthems and old school classics - many of which have not been performed live since the 1980s!
QUEENSRYCHE have built a dedicated legion of fans through relentless global touring. In recent years, the fully revitalized QUEENSRYCHE is in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence that demands to be seen live in concert. Having recently completed a stadium tour of the USA with the Scorpions, the band is in outstanding form as they prepare for their Australian tour!
Get ready for a set of QUEENSRYCHE classics performed with power, passion and precision like never before!
'the La Torre fronted version of the band is all too happy to give the crowd what they want - a set consisting almost entirely of the band's prime-era material.' - www.chicagonow.com
'There is no question that LaTorre stole the show with his impeccable singing and screams.' ' www.sleazeroxx.com 
'Everything about the show was excellent, the tone, tempo, pacing, track sequence, all of it was done very well by these profession veterans.' - www.metal-rules.com
'The set-list was fantastic for an old-school QR fan like myself.' - www.metal-rules.com
Queensryche Australian Tour Dates:

Tuesday 11th October - BRISBANE, The Triffid
Thursday 13th October - ADELAIDE, Fowlers Live
Friday 14th October - MELBOURNE, Prince Bandroom
Saturday 15th October - SYDNEY, Manning Bar
Pre-Sale: 28th April 9:00am - 1st May 5:00pm
GA Sale: 2nd May 9:00am
From: http://www.metropolistouring.com/queensryche



One On One With Mitch Lafon - NORDIC UNION & GEOFF TATE

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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SINGER GEOFF TATE as well as NORDIC UNION's ERIK MARTENSSON join Mitch for episode 193 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.
In the show's first interview GEOFF TATE discusses his current North American tour, the 30th anniversary of RAGE FOR ORDER, looks back on the Hear In The Now Frontier album, his voice and much more. In our second interview, we speak with guitarist ERIK MARTENSSON from Eclipse about his Nordic Union album with Pretty Maids singer Ronnie Atkins, his motocross career, his accident and recovery, working with Survivor's Jimi Jamison, the upcoming deluxe edition of ECLIPSE's ARMAGEDDONIZE album, EuroVison and a lot more.

Quote from the GEOFF TATE interview:

Rage For Order: "My mindset was that I wanted to make a record of music that was composed mainly of non-musical instruments."

Hear In The Now Frontier: "I've probably listened to that album twice."

On maintaining his voice: "I try to live a moderate lifestyle without too many indulgences. It's a full time job because life is so rich."

Quote from the NORDIC UNION interview:

On making music: "I always do the music that I want to hear. I write from the heart."

Nordic Union: "The only plan was to do an album. We didn't even know if people were going to like the album."

On Music being 'plan B' in life: "I wanted to drive motocross and that was the only thing I was focused on doing."

For more about GEOFF TATE visit:
Online: http://geofftate.com and http://operationmindcrime.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GeoffTateOfficial and http://www.facebook.com/operationmindcrimeband
TWITTER: @geofftate
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/08kcNcZ6hOVotcVof8QbnX

Online: http://www.eclipsemania.com
TWITTER: @blowoutprod & @eclipsesweden
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EclipseSweden & http://www.facebook.com/RonnieAtkinsOfficial
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5coESPsUNjP98Jd3SYbIyH

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Geoff Tate, Chris DeGarmo Revisit Queensryche 'Empire' On 25th Anniversary

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Dallas, TX - Oct 1, 2015.  InTheStudio.Net, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands , celebrates the 25th anniversary of Queensryhe Empire.

Coming on the heels of their breakthrough concept album Operation: Mindcrime, Queensryche delivered yet another curve ball with the release of their 1990 multi-million seller Empire.  Stretching the boundaries of Hard Rock Queensryche's timeless ballad 'Silent Lucidity' would catapult both band and song to the top of the charts, culminating with a Grammy performance in 1992 with famed orchestral arranger the late Michael Kamen. 

Former co-founders Chris DeGarmo and Geoff Tate share their thoughts on the Empire era of Queensryche with InTheStudio host Redbeard.

'We just got into songs and not really the theme. We loved the theme, we were very proud of Mindcrime and loved what we did. But it was that shaking it up... wanting to go some place else. That's kinda where our heads were focusing on less is more. I remember us talking about less is more as we got into Empire, because I think Mindcrime was an excess of a lot of things, but the right amount probably for that given project. But when we entered the Empire writing stage. It was 'let's deconstruct this thing here'.  - Chris DeGarmo

Geoff Tate admits that not every Queensryche fan or music critic was prepared to let the band out of the heavy metal box.

'The box is their (the record labels) definition of you. They use it to advertise what it is you do and explain what it is you do. But as a musician, as an artist you tend to want to try to experiment with what you do. Therefore the definition of the box becomes different with each project at least for us.'   -  Geoff Tate

Queensryche Empire@25 /InTheStudio interview is available now: http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/queensryche-empire-25th-anniversary/

Direct Link to Queensryche: 'http://www.queensrycheofficial.com'

Direct Link to Operation Mindcrime: 'http://www.operationmindcrime.com'

Direct Link to InTheStudio website: 'http://www.inthestudio.net'

One On One with Mitch Lafon - QUEENSRYCHE & SCORPIONS

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The SCORPIONS' Rudolph Schenker and QUEENSRŸCHE's Todd La Torre guest on episode 154 of One On One with Mitch Lafon.
Rudolf discusses assembling the band's latest effort RETURN TO FOREVER (my pick for best album of 2015), their 50th anniversary deluxe reissues of Taken By Force (1977), Tokyo Tapes (1978), Lovedrive (1979), Animal Magnetism (1980), Blackout (1982) Love at First Sting (1984), World Wide Live (1985), and Savage Amusement (1988), work on a new album with his brother Michael, and much more.
Quotes from the interview:
RUDOLPH SCHENKER on RETURN TO FOREVER: "We had to find DNA between the old songs and the new songs. The whole album sounds like the perfect album."
RUDOLPH SCHENKER on the Scorpions' future: "I'm committed to the Scorpions."
RUDOLPH SCHENKER on Michael Schenker: "After the Farewell tour, of course, I had in mind to do something with my brother, but there is nothing in the air yet."
For more about the SCORPIONS visit: http://www.the-scorpions.com
TWITTER: @scorpions and Rudolph: @rudolfschenker
QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd LaTorre discusses the band's album Condition Hüman, the human condition of the band during the much talked about lawsuit with their former singer, Pledge Music, CRIMSON GLORY, touring, why they almost missed their show in Montreal with the SCORPIONS (Sept. 19th 2015), and much more.
Quotes from the interview:
TODD LA TORRE on the band's album Condition Hüman: "I'm an equal writer (not just lyrically and vocal melodies), I've also contributed drum and guitar parts."
TODD LA TORRE on CRIMSON GLORY: "Crimson Glory stopped working as a band because of Jon Drenning."
TODD LA TORRE on the lawsuit: "Theoretically, I could have taken the position that it's not my fight, but it becomes my problem because I'm the new singer in the band and I've got a bullseye on my throat."
For more about about QUEENSRŸCHE visit:
Twitter: @queensryche and Todd: @ToddLaTorre
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Current information for the SCORPIONS Deluxe 50th Anniversary Reissues:
All eight releases detailed.
Steamrock Fever
We'll Burn The Sky
I've Got To Be Free
The Riot Of Your Time
The Sails Of Charon
Your Light
He's A Woman - She's A Man
Born To Touch Your Feelings
Suspender Love (Bonus Track)
Busy Guys (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
Believe In Love (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
Midnight Blues Jam (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
Blue Dream (Unfinished Instrumental Version - Bonus Track)
Born To Touch Your Feelings (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
Disc 1
All Night Long
Pictured Life
Backstage Queen
Polar Nights
In Trance
We'll Burn The Sky
Suspender Love
In Search Of The Peace Of Mind
Fly To The Rainbow
He's A Woman - She's A Man
Speedy's Coming
Top Of The Bill
Hound Dog
Long Tall Sally
Steamrock Fever
Dark Lady
Kjo No Tsuki
Disc 2
Robot Man
Hell Cat (Unreleased Live Track Japan 1978 - Bonus Track)
Catch Your Train (Unreleased Live Track)(Japan 78 - Bonus Track)
Kimi Ga Yo (Unreleased Japanese Hymn 78 - Bonus Track)
Polar Nights (Unreleased Live Track Japan 78 - Bonus Track)
He's A Woman She's A Man (Unreleased Live Track Japan 1978 - Bonus Track)
Top Of The Bill (Unreleased Live Track Japan 1978 - Bonus Track)
Robot Man (Unreleased Live Track Japan 1979 - Bonus Track)
Disc 1
Loving You Sunday Morning
Another Piece Of Meat
Always Somewhere
Coast To Coast
Can't Stop Get Enough
Is There Anybody Out There
Cause I Love You (Unreleased Demo Song - Bonus Track)
Holiday (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
Disc 2
Intro (Live In Japan 1979)
We'll Burn The Sky (Live In Japan 1979)
Lovedrive (Live In Japan 1979)
Life's Like A River (Live In Japan 1979)
Fly To The Rainbow (Live In Japan 1979)
Is There Anybody There (Live In Japan 1979)
Another Piece Of Meat (Live Injapan 1979)
Can't Get Enough (Live In Japan 1979)
Kojo No Tsuki (Live In Japan 1979)
Interview Special Mit R.Schenker, K.Meine, M.Jabs,H.Rarebell
Make It Real
Don`t Make No Promises (Your Body Can`t Keep)
Hold Me Tight
Twentieth Century Man
Lady Starlight
Falling In Love
Only A Man
The Zoo
Animal Magnetism
Hey You (Vocals By Rudolf Schenker - Bonus Track)
Animal Magnetism (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
American Girls (Unreleased Demo Song - Bonus Track)
Get Your Love (Unreleased Demo Version Of Heroes Don`t Cry - Bonus Track)
Restless Man (unreleased Demo Version Of Twentieth Century Man - Bonus Track)
All Night Long (Unreleased Demo Song - Bonus Track)
Disc 1:
Can't Live Without You
No One Like You
You Give Me All I Need
China White
When The Smoke Is Going Down
Blackout (Unreleased demo)
Running For The Plane (Unreleased demo song)
Sugar Man (Unreleased demo song)
All My Love (Unreleased demo song)
Searching For The Rainbow (Unreleased demo song)
Disc 2:
No One Like You (Video clip)
Arizona (Video clip)
Blackout (Rock Pop In Concert)
Loving You Sunday Morning (Rock Pop In Concert)
Coming Home (Rock Pop In Concert)
Always Somewhere (Rock Pop In Concert)
Holiday (Rock Pop In Concert)
Can't Live Without You (Rock Pop In Concert)
Dynamite (Rock Pop In Concert)
Can't Get Enough (Rock Pop In Concert)
Make It Real (Not broadcasted/ Rock Pop In Concert)
The Zoo (Not broadcasted/ Rock Pop In Concert)
Interview special with R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell
Disc 1:
Bad Boys Running Wild
Rock You Like A Hurricane
I'm Leaving You
Coming Home
The Same Thrill
Big City Nights
As Soon As The Good Times Roll
Still Loving You
Coming Home (Unreleased demo)
Living At Night (Unreleased demo song)
First Sting Jam No. 1 (Unreleased demo)
Anytime (You Want It) (Unreleased demo song)
Still Loving You (Unreleased demo)
Disc 2 (Live At Madison Square Garden, New York City (June 7, 1984)
Coming Home
Bad Boys Running Wild
Loving You Sunday Morning
Big City Nights
Holiday (Acoustic)
Still Loving You
Rock You Like A Hurricane
The Zoo
Disc 3:
Rock You Live A Hurricane (Video clip)
I'm Leaving You (Video clip)
Big City Nights (Video clip)
Rock You Like A Hurricane (TV Show Germany 1985)
Still Loving You (TV Show Germany 1985)
Still Loving You (TV Show Germany 1984)
Big City Nights (Monsters Of Rock Germnay 1986)
Interview special with R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell
Disc 1:
Coming Home
Bad Boys Running Wild
Loving You Sunday Morning
Make It Real
Big City Nights
Coast To Coast
Still Loving You
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Can't Live Without You
Another Piece Of Meat
The Zoo
No One Like You
Can't Get Enough (Part 1)
Six String Sting
Can't Get Enough (Part 2)
Disc 2:
Coming Home (Originally only available on VHS)
Big City Nights
Loving You Sunday Morning
No One Like You
Bad Boys Running Wild
Still Loving You
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Interview special with R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell
Disc 1:
Don't Stop At The Top
Rhythm Of Love
Passion Rules The Game
Media Overkill
Walking On The Edge
We Let It Rock…You Let It Roll
Every Minute Every Day
Love On The Run
Believe In Love
Taste Of Love (Unreleased demo song)
Edge Of Time (Unreleased demo song)
Don't Wait Too Long (Unreleased demo song)
Fast And Furious (Unreleased demo)
Dancing In The Moonlight (Unreleased demo)
Living For Tomorrow (Unreleased demo song)
I Can't Explain
Disc 2:
Rhythm Of Love (Video clip)
Passion Rules The Game (Video clip)
Believe In Love (Video clip)
I Can't Explain (Video clip)
* Documentary with clips and live material To Russia With Love
* Interview special with R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell
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Friday, September 18, 2015
You’ll have to indulge Geoff Tate just a little longer before he realizes fans don’t want what he’s selling. After forcing myself to listen to this a dozen times, you can see where the former prog-metal hero wants to go musically. Sadly it’s not where 90% of his fans want.
I get where he’s coming from. This 50 minute expressive, experimental, alt-metal album does attempt to make a statement, but in the end it’s just really hard to listen to.
There is no cohesiveness that binds the album together and while he comes close to former glories on the impressive Re-Inventing The Future and maybe Life Or Death; elsewhere he delivers utter dreck like The Stranger and Hearing Voices that I struggle to think who it might appeal to.
Tracks like Burn and Ready To Fly just drag and the mood building intro track Choices is largely pointless.
Its 2015 – the market place is selective. Fans want what they want. There isn’t much room for epic concept pieces unless they are very very good.
The production here is ok, but I find that it’s hard to get a grip on everything happening within the mix, it’s a bit of a blur really. There's a lot going on and it's complex enough, but it just doesn't flow for me.

Listening to music should be easy, whatever the mood may call for – escapism, aggression, adrenaline, relaxing or challenging. But it should be easy. This album is a real chore to get through. There’s just too many left turns on this album. Basically Tate keeps turning left and ends up going around in circles.



One On One With Mitch Lafon - QUEENSRYCHE

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QUEENSRYCHE guitarist Michael Wilton guests on episode 147 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Michael discusses their new album Condition Hüman, evolving with each album, Pledge Music, Chris DeGarmo, songwriting on the new album, singer Todd LaTorre, the lawsuit, working on Operation Mindcrime at Le Studio in Quebec, and much more.

Quotes from the interview:

"Personally, I'm not a quitter. I want to take this thing - build it, rebuild it, repair it and keep it going forever because QUEENSRYCHE is like a machine. It's bigger than any one individual."

"Going back in the discography and playing songs from The Warning, The EP and Rage For Order is a blast."

Before changing singers: "We were hopeful optimists that someday it would get better. Things get to a point where no one is thinking the same anymore and that's when change is needed."

For more about about QUEENSRYCHE visit:
Online: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial
Twitter: @queensryche and @MikeoftheRyche

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Geoff Tate Recalls 'The Warning' Was A Disappointment to Queensryche

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Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon from Canada’s The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) recently spoke to Geoff Tate (Ex Queensryche) who's current musical project called Operation Mindcrime will be releasing a concept album called The Key on September 18, 2015 on Frontiers, the first of three album installments.

Tate spoke about, the concept behind The Key, as well as the recording highs and lows of Queensryche's critically acclaimed albums The Warning and Operation Mindcrime and the closing of the infamous Le Studio Morin Heights where Operation Mindcrime was inspired and recorded.

When asked about Operation Mindcrime’s new concept album The Key
"When you write a concept record it definitely gives you the opportunity to do some different things that you normal wouldn’t do with a record of standalone songs because you are telling a story. So stories aren’t static they are very dynamic, there is lots of different moods you can explore within any given story. I like variance and variety. I go into it with single purpose of writing an entertaining story that is interesting and the challenge of matching music to that story so the listeners are transported on a musical route."

When asked about being learning experiences in the early days in Queensryche from other bands such as Twisted Sister and Ronnie James Dio
"I wasn’t really aware of Twisted Sister at the time, so it was kind of an eye opening experience sharing the stage with these very tall New York guys who wore really elaborate makeup and hair, costumes and it was kind of an eye opening experience. They had a really cool presentation and I learned a lot from them as far as stage craft and just the way they handled themselves."
"And some people that you meet on the way are very open to sharing their philosophy and there mindset their way of doing things, Ronnie Dio for example is a guy that was very helpful in the beginning stages of the Queensryche career, giving us advice helping us out he was a very giving person."

When asked the bands mindset during the recording of Queensrcyhe first Full length album The Warning: "It was a real disappointment to everybody in the band at the time, cause of course it was taken out of our hands and mixed by somebody who didn’t care about it and and didn’t want the input of the band and it was quite a shocking experience."

When asked what Geoff Tate spoken word was in the middle of the song Roads to Madness off the Warning Album: "It’s kind of strange I wrote what I was saying on a scrap of paper in the studio and then walked away from the microphone and never picked up the paper again, so it’s lost."

On how the city Montreal, Canada inspired the story and characters of Operation Mindcrime
"Montreal Canada is a wonderful city very inspirational a lot of the Mindcrime story was written in Montreal. The story line came from my time I spent in Montreal. I used to go to this little club on St-Denis called Le Saint-Sulpice. At the time it was a dark dingy little place, the clientele was a mix of all these different kinds of people and that’s where I met some of the people that became characters in my story. And that’s where I used to spend all my time. Dr X character came from a guy that I met at Le Saint-Sulpice. Sister Mary was a composite of couple of different characters I met one was in Montreal the other was in Amsterdam."

When asked if the whole album The Key will be played during the tour: "I plan on playing the entire album and then probably book ending the new album with songs from my past."

Watch The Video interview here: https://youtu.be/hZD4Kz4Gwh4

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New QUEENSRYCHE Song 'Arrow Of Time'

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Queensrÿche - Arrow Of Time. Taken from the upcoming album coming soon!

OPERATION MINDCRIME Reveal 'The Key' In September 18

Friday, September 18, 2015
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On Tuesday, September 18, Geoff Tate's new band, Operation: Mindcrime, will be releasing its long-awaited debut album, The Key, on Frontiers Music Srl.
Perhaps one of Tate's most ambitious recordings to date, The Key examines what one might do if they discovered "the key" to changing the way we view the world, the way we look at time, the way we travel, and could essentially change the human condition... for better or for worse.
Fresh from the creative mind of Geoff Tate, The Key features a dozen songs (see entire track listing below) and marks part one of an epic musical trilogy that initiates that very question within a web of international politics, the world economy and social ethos.
A trailer featuring snippets of four songs from the album ("Burn," "Re-Inventing the Future," "Life Or Death?" and "The Fall") is now available at https://youtu.be/zOEL6Ic1XsI with pre-orders of the album now being taken at http://radi.al/TheKeyAmazonCD  and http://radi.al/TheKeyAmazonMP3 .
The Key is the debut album under Tate's new Operation: Mindcrime banner, a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensryche vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen.    
Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nomimations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way.
The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate's unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples "Silent Lucidity" and "Jet City Woman."
By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music.
From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009's overlooked gem American Soldier - Tate's ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans - Tate's 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results.
The Key continues in that fine tradition.              
"Musically, this album is quite adventurous," says Tate of his first release in a new worldwide deal with Frontiers Music SRL. "Of course there are key elements in the music, melody and phrasings that are really identifiable, but throughout my career I've opened my eyes and ears to new standards and arrangements, and that's what keeps things fresh and exciting as an artist - we've thrown out the rules for this record, and it's been really liberating. I'm a fan of old prog, and that music didn't stick to rules. It's inspiring and enjoyable to be able to explore, and it's great being in a position to write without constraints."  
The results are a series of albums that don't languish in nostalgia, instead offering listeners an opportunity to delve into a world of ideas and inspiration that Tate has been nurturing for the better portion of the last decade. Instead of asking, "Who killed Mary?", Operation: Mindcrime now asks, "What are the implications of changing the world?"  
"Like every album I've ever done, people will hear and experience it differently, and that is something that I look forward to," continues Tate. "Music is an intimate experience - your inspirations are unique to you, and will be heard differently through every set of ears and experiences - but isn't that really what makes art exciting? It inspires us all in different ways and for different reasons, and this album is no different. There are quite a few sections of this album that help propel the story with segues and dialogue, but the lyrics don't lay out a breadcrumb trail and tell the story in a linear fashion, there's a puzzle. We have several characters, and three other people singing lead vocals on the first album. That made it even more fun for me and helps give the album its own special character.  
"Musically, there's quite a smorgasbord, we've played with sound and established a sound palate - heavy guitar, obviously, cool drumming... all the music is very sophisticated, and there are interesting time changes, the band is playing with different countings and we switch throughout each piece. We can perform the verse in one feel, the bridge in another, and transition to a new chorus, very challenging stuff and lots of different sounds that people probably haven't heard on one of my albums before - new and different guitar sounds and vocal treatments, very dynamic stuff."  
Joining Tate on The Key are a hard-hitting cast of familiar faces and new collaborators: bass players Dave Ellefson (Metal Allegiance) and John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob), drummers Simon Wright (AC/DC), Scott Mercado (Candlebox) and Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne), guitarists Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and Scott Moughton (Geoff Tate), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) and vocalist Mark Daly (The Voodoos).
Tate makes one point exceptionally clear - Operation: Mindcrime isn't a band, it is a musical project of like-minded people uniting to achieve a common goal. While the songwriting rests predominantly on the shoulders of Tate, Gray and Gane, it's up to every contributor to add their influence and help color the landscape.         
"The songs on these records tell a story, and each song is a scene or chapter - every scene is different. The words tell the story, the musical bed, the chord progressions and melodies, they set the pace. That's how I envisioned this album in total, very theatrical and definitely cinematic.         
"How do we describe passion?" Tate asks in conclusion, cautiously answering his own question: "Music is a personal journey, and all you can do is write what moves you. That's what passion is - it's so difficult, yet it's such an important human emotion. There are moments on this record that really impact me, the questions raised and the music those questions are set to... I don't know if it will have that same effect on everyone else, but that's where my passion and their passion meet. I do this because I love doing it. I love touring and I love playing live, performing with like-minded people in front of like-minded audiences, and being there in the moment together when all of our passions collide."               
And if, in the process, Geoff Tate can tell a story that turns people on end and keeps them talking long after the music has stopped playing? That's not just icing on the cake, that's what it's all about...
That is Operation: Mindcrime. And come this September, fans will have The Key.   
With music videos currently in production and a first single that's expected to be released by the end of this month, further mind expansion is yet to come.
Re-Inventing The Future
Ready To Fly
Discussions In A Smoke Filled Room
Life or Death?
The Stranger
Hearing Voice
On Queue
An Ambush Of Sadness
Kicking In The Door
The Fall
ALBUM CREDITS: Recorded and Mixed by Kelly Gray 
Website: www.operationmindcrime.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/operationmindcrimeband / www.facebook.com/geofftateofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/geofftate   
Website: www.frontiers.it



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