Geoff Tate sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensrÿche, the band he fronted for three decades from their inception through to 2012, a thirteen album tenure that was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results. Their Grammy nominated 1988 album ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, a rock opera about a recovering drug addict, thrust Tate’s unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight, putting the Seattle act act firmly on the map with one of the most inspired Rock albums of its era while also defining Progressive Metal in the process.
When Tate left the band, their divorce settlement entitled him to perform the record in its entirety, while he also formed a brand new group under that same name. Operation: Mindcrime is a creative platform that continues in the spirit of that historic album, spawning concepts as grand as the music and intertwining the intensity of Tate’s iconic past and the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces and frontmen. His group have released a conceptual trilogy of albums to date: ‘The Key’ (2015), ‘Resurrection’ (2016) and ‘The New Reality’ (2017).
30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR PART 2:
22.11.18 EDINBURGH Bannerman’s Bar *
23.11.18 BLACKPOOL Waterloo music bar *
24.11.18 TROON Winterstorm Festival
25.11.18 TROON Winterstorm Festival (acoustic set)
26.11.18 NEWCASTLE Trillians *
27.11.18 YORK Fibbers *
28.11.18 EVESHAM Iron Road *
29.11.18 STOKE Eleven *
30.11.18 PONTYPRIDD Muni Arts Centre (greatest hits set) ***
01.12.18 LONDON Underworld **
02.12.18 TRECCO BAY Planet Rockstock Festival (greatest hits set)
03.12.18 LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club ***
04.12.18 NORWICH Waterfront ***
05.12.18 HULL, O’Rileys *
06.12.18 ABERDEEN Assembly *
*supported by Till Death Do Us Part
**supported by Mark Daly
***supported by Till Death Do Us Part and Mark Daly
Having received some of his best reviews in years in early 2018 when he played a run of UK dates with a set that included the entire ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ album in its 30th Anniversary year, Tate returns in December for a further tour. Support slots will be shared by two acts:
UNTIL DEATH DO US PART
The group was founded in 2016 when American singer Emily Tate (daughter of Geoff) teamed up with Scottish musician Kieran Robertson to create a new form of synthetic heavy rock. With Emily’s dark and sombre lyrics pairing easily with Kieran’s emotional musical creations, they have swiftly developed a unique signature sound using heavily distorted guitars, synth layering and sampling underpinned by a Djent-like bass tone and powerful drums with Emily’s expressive, haunting vocals sitting atop. They won many admirers when supporting Geoff on his previous UK tour.
Hailing from Cork, Mark Daly is a powerful singer/songwriter with a hard rock pedigree. Initially forming and fronting rock act The Voodoos, with whom he performed at the MTV EMA’s, he eventually went solo and released the singles ’The Hearts Reminder’ and ‘Your World’, both of which reached the upper echelons of the Irish Rock and Scottish New Music charts. His debut solo album, ‘When The Stars Align’, was released last month. It may have been a long time coming, but it has definitely been worth the wait.