Former Queensrÿche Singer Geoff Tate Announces Operation: Mindcrime 35th Anniversary Tour
Next year, Queensrÿche‘s third studio album, the progressive metal masterpiece Operation: Mindcrime, turns 35 years old. To commemorate the milestone, original Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate will embark on an anniversary tour, performing the album in full.
So far, Tate has announced a 9-date UK trek for the performance, presumably with other dates to be announced in the future. When announcing the tour, he said:
“It’s strange to think about, but this is my perspective. I wasn’t actually even gonna do it again. I get requests — so many requests — to play this record in its entirety… So Ahh… Okay. One more time, just one more time.”
Operation: Mindcrime was originally released in May of 1988. It is a concept album that details the story of Nikki, a drug addict who is brought into a web of political assassins. It’s widely regarded as one of the best metal concept albums of all time and spawned a sequel album that was not nearly as well received.
Tate was fired from Queensrÿche in 2012, which led to a lawsuit over the band’s name. His bandmates retained the original name while he received the exclusive rights to perform Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II in full.
June 14 – Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
June 15 – Wolverhampton, UK @ KK’s Steel Mill
June 16 – Nuneaton, UK @ Queen’s Hall
June 17 – Newport, UK @ The Neon
June 18 – London, UK @ The Garage
June 20 – Bradford, UK @ Nightrain
June 21 – Blackpool, UK @ The Waterloo
June 22 – Buckley, UK @ Tivoli
June 23 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny