Story and Videos by Scotty J
Operation: Mindcrime is a smooth operating machine, once again making its way across the United States. The brainchild of Queensrÿche original frontman, Geoff Tate, kicks off the 2nd leg of its US tour August 1 in Salt Lake City! Rock Titan had the pleasure of catching up with Operation: Mindcrime at Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA during the east coast part of the tour. Getting to sit down with Tate was a particular treat (see interview below). The 30th Anniversary for one of the greatest records from one of the greatest bands in the history of American Heavy Metal was a fun topic of conversation.
Interview with Geoff Tate
The drama surrounding the separation and consequential replacement of Geoff Tate with Queensrÿche is well documented. That said, if Tate were to move on with his musical career it would only make sense that it be in the form of Operation: Mindcrime. The entire album is performed in its entirety along with some other Queensrÿche classics. Interestingly enough, the supporting band on tour is ‘Till Death Do Us Part‘. The group just happens to be fronted by Geoff’s daughter, Emily Tate. Like father like daughter. It really is an interesting and entertaining story, which you would know if you watch the interview above! But, if you lack the patience, here’s a little bit of the conversation:
Scott J: (speaking to Tate) Now you’re talking about one of the characters, Mary. From what I understand, your daughter has kind of taken on that role?
Geoff Tate: My daughter Emily is touring with us. She has a wonderful band called ‘Till Death Do Us Part’, and they have their first album out and they’re opening up our shows for us. She’s joining me on the stage for the song “Suite Sister Mary”, and she sing the part of Mary… which is really strange and weird and wonderful. She wasn’t yet born when this album came out.
Perhaps the biggest take away from meeting with Tate is that he’s a man at peace. There’s always the feeling that things could have been handled differently when hindsight is 20/20. We all have that. I’ve personally experienced that quite recently. But, the issues that existed between Queensrÿche and Geoff Tate have been resolved, and Operation: Mindcrime is a most excellent product of an otherwise tumultuous situation. Of course it’s not just the music that brings the voice behind “Silent Lucidity” a sense of gratification these days. Geoff has in fact created his own brand of wine! Again, this was a very interesting conversation (as featured above). But, if you didn’t have the interest in watching the interview all the way though, here’s a brief excerpt:
Scotty J: (speaking to Tate) You’ve got to come out with your own beer or your own Vodka.
Geoff Tate: I have my own Wine.
Scotty J: Oh you do have your own wine? What’s it called?
Geoff Tate: Insania.
Like I said, watch the interview! It’s informative and entertaining. I promise. If you don’t like it tell me so in the comments section of this post.
It’s hard to believe that 30 years have passed since Queensrÿche’s 3rd album and epic masterpiece was created. The three times a charm proverb certainly applies to Operation: Mindcrime. See remaining tour dates below! If you’re anywhere near being in the vicinity of a tour stop, do not miss out!
Aug. 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room
Aug. 02 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Aug. 03 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Aug. 04 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
Aug. 09 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
Aug. 10 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House Concert Hall
Aug. 11 – Big Bear Lake, CA – The Cave
Aug. 15 – Sacramento, CA – Sofia Center
Aug. 17 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
Aug. 18 – Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon
Aug. 19 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
Aug. 24 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre