Operation Mindcrime / ex-Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate has announced an acoustic European tour for this December, which will feature a storyteller format. Tate will perform material from his Queensrÿche catalogue and from Operation Mindcrime backed by a six-piece acoustic band.
Tour dates are as follows:
8 – Ingolstadt, Germany – Eventhalle Westpark
10 – Borgo Priolo, Italy – venue tba
15 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
17 – Zoetermeer, Netherlands – Boerderij
18 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo
19 – London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
20 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
21 – Glasgow, Scotland – Cat House
22 – Dublin, Ireland – Voodoo
23 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Empire
26 – Burgrieden, Germany – Riffelhof
27 – Muenchen, Germany – Backstage
28 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik
29 – Mannheim, Germany – 7er
3 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos Saal
4 – Heerlen, Netherlands – Parkstad Limburg Theater
Come November, heavy metal fans in at least eight east coast cities will be in for a night full of hell-raising fun as three of the genre’s finest vocalists – Geoff Tate, Tim “Ripper” Owens and Blaze Bayley – will be performing the hits from their respective bands on stage together for what is hoped to be just the beginning of several dates over the next few months.
Geoff Tate, who’s Operation: Mindcrime will be releasing their second CD of a trilogy in September titled, Resurrection, states that the collaboration between the three first came about while recently in the studio. “We were recording a song together that will appear on the new Operation: Mindcrime album called Taking On The World and immediately realized just how much fun it would be if we went out and did a couple of dates together. We want to give fans a great selection of hits and rarities along with songs we just enjoy performing… and the Trinity tour was born!”
The three vocalists will be backed by the same group of excellent musicians throughout the evening in a show that promises to be loaded with memorable metal for the music masses to enjoy.
Fans can expect to hear such songs as “Empire,” “I Don’t Believe In Love,” “Eyes Of A Stranger,” “Living After Midnight,” “Breaking The Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” “Burn In Hell,” “Man On The Edge,” “The Number Of The Beast” and “Run To The Hills” among others.
During his illustrious career, Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensrÿche, 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 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 Queensrÿche 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. In September of 2015, his new band, Operation: Mindcrime released its debut effort titled, The Key, which examined 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 release. The band successfully toured for months in support of the project and looks forward to their forthcoming release, Resurrection, this September.
Tim “Ripper” Owens first gained worldwide attention and acclaim when he joined Judas Priest as their lead singer in 1996. During his stint with Judas Priest, he recorded two studio albums and two live albums. The song “Bullet Train” – which featured his incredible vocals – was nominated for a Grammy award in 1999 in the category of Best Metal Performance. He subsequently went on to join Iced Earth and currently performs with such bands as Beyond Fear, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force and Charred Walls Of The Damned.
Blaze Bayley joined Iron Maiden in 1993 after the departure of Bruce Dickinson and remained the band’s singer until Dickinson’s return in 1999. Bayley, who had started his career in the mid-80’s as the vocalist of Wolfsbane, recorded two albums with Iron Maiden before starting his own band, Blaze. In May of 2000, the band would release their debut album titled, Silicon Messiah, and would go on to put out two other albums. In more recent years, he’s concentrated on solo projects.
Geoff Tate, Tim “Ripper” Owens and Blaze Bayley… not one, not two, but all three!
Three of the most well-respected metal singers from three of the most well-respected metal bands, together on stage in November. Tickets for all eight confirmed shows (see below) are now on sale.
18 – Rochester, NY – The Montage Music Hall
19 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s Pub And Concert Hall
20 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
22 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater
23 – Poughkeepsie. NY – The Chance
25 – Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
26 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head on Stage
27 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club