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June 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Geoff Tate's Operation mindcrime

Geoff Tate’s Operation: mindcrime

@ Arcada Theater
June 15
Show = 8:00 pm
Tickets’ starting price = $29

Geoff Tate’s Operation: mindcrime

Queensrÿche’s Geoff Tate remains one of heavy metal’s most talented and technically accomplished singers. Born on January 14, 1959 in Stuttgart, West Germany, Tate and his family relocated to Tacoma, Washington soon after. Tate became interested in music at an early age, especially symphonic works (additionally, his family always sang around the house, while his aunt was a talented opera singer). But Tate initially focused on a career in football until a knee injury prevented him from pursuing it any further. Soon after, Tate began to sing in local high school rock bands, including one such group called Tyrant. After attending Tacoma Community College for a year, Tate took a job with the Washington State Search and Rescue Team, a group that was trained to assist in “the recovery of crashed planes and lost people,” mainly in the Rocky Mountain region not far from Tacoma. Tate continued to sing with other bands during this time, including such local outfits as Myth and the Mob, the latter of which would become Queensrÿche by the early ’80s.

When Tate was fired by his Queensrÿche bandmates in June of 2012, he unsuccessfully sued the band to prevent them from using the name. However, though the judge ruled against him, she also ruled that Tate could legally use the name as well. To that end, he formed another band using the Queensrÿche moniker, with drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake), former Megadeth and King Diamond guitarist Glen Drover, former Queensrÿche guitarist Kelly Gray, and keyboardist Randy Gane, who played in Tate’s first solo band and toured and recorded with Queensrÿche. In the late fall of 2012, Tate released his second solo offering, Kings & Thieves.

In 2014, Tate founded Operation: mindcrime, which specializes in melodic, narrative-driven progressive metal. Taking their name from Queensrÿche’s landmark 1988 concept album of the same name, the band formed as the result of Tate’s acrimonious split from his former group in 2012.

The newly minted band, which features a rotating cast of musicians with Tate at the helm, inked a deal with Frontiers shortly after forming. The Key, the group’s debut studio long-player and the first installment in a planned trilogy, was released in 2015, with Resurrection dropping the following year. The band completed the trilogy in 2017 with the release of New Reality. (Source) (Source #2)

Operation:mindcrime is:

  • Geoff Tate
  • Kieran Robertson
  • Scott Moughton
  • Bruno Sa
  • Jack Ross
  • Josh Watts