In a brand new interview with Meltdown of the Detroit, Michigan radio station WRIF, former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION: MINDCRIME singer Geoff Tate was asked for his thoughts on the recent passing of Chris Cornell. He responded: “I really respected and admired his music. I think he was a fantastic songwriter and excellent singer. I never knew him, though. I had met him once at a show that we were both attending to see somebody else play, and I just briefly shook hands with him and introduced myself and that kind of thing; it wasn’t like an extended conversation or anything. But I’ve always watched his work and listened to his work and admired what he did, solo and also with SOUNDGARDEN, quite a bit. So I never really knew the man. But it is really a tragic situation when somebody that young leaves us in such a tragic way.”

Tate also talked about the upcoming album from OPERATION: MINDCRIME, which is due this fall via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to last year’s “Resurrection”, is the third and final part of Tate‘s musical trilogy.

Said Geoff: “The third one is the conclusion of the story, so it wraps up all these unanswered questions that are lingering out there. And it’s probably, I would say, my most musically adventurous album I’ve ever done. If you thought ‘Resurrection’, the last one, was musically adventurous, this one makes that one look like a preschooler.”

Tate‘s recent acoustic tour, dubbed “The Whole Story ‘Rÿche’ Acoustic Tour”, saw him performing songs from all seventeen albums he has done throughout his illustrious thirty-five-year career. Geoff was backed during the show by a seven-piece acoustic band of musicians from the United States and Ireland, with three guitar players, mandolin, cello, saxophone, violin and multiple percussion instruments to produce high-energy acoustic versions of some of the Tate‘s former band’s most recognized songs, including “Silent Lucidity”, “Jet City Woman”, “Empire”, “I Don’t Believe In Love” and “Eyes Of A Stranger”.