Geoff Tate becomes Mindcrime
2014-07-31 by Sabrutin | 41 Comments
Ex-Queensryche vocalist, Geoff Tate, has announced that his current version of Queensryche will be forging ahead as Operation: Mindcrime after the tour ends.

Named after Queensryche’s epic concept album from 1988, Operation: Mindcrime -- a band consisting of Geoff Tate, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), Randy Gane (Myth) and Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998 – 2001, 2012 – present) -- will be entering the studio in September to begin recording a trilogy project that Geoff’s been working on for the past two years.

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Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories through music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date.

“I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story,” comments Geoff. “I knew that one record wouldn’t cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy. It’s an exciting project and one we’d like to release the first part of sometime next spring.”

With the evolution of his band, Geoff would like to concentrate on concept and story albums in the years to come. Fans like to call it, “Thinking Man’s Metal” and Geoff plans to continue expanding the musical dimensions of your mind.

“It doesn’t seem that long ago when I first brought the Mindcrime story to the band… they were, initially, against it. Chris DeGarmo was the first one to get on board and, once he did, we were able to move forward with what became one of our greatest achievements as a band.”

With the release Operation: Mindcrime – which won critical and popular acclaim and comparisons to the Who’s Tommy and Pink Floyd’s The Wall – Queensryche went on to bring their progressive music to sold-out audiences the world over.

With Geoff at the helm, Queensryche sold over 20 million albums worldwide and performed in over 46 countries.

That was then, this is now and Geoff Tate is looking forward to what lies ahead with his trilogy project.

“It is so refreshing to be able to concentrate on the many stories and ideas that I have been working on with no boundaries or restrictions,” states Tate, further adding, “With the newly-named band, I think fans will continue to enjoy the music we create and perform together and hope they share this new musical journey with us.”

Beginning July 30, Geoff Tate and his band mates will be spanning the states for a 22-date trek of what will be Geoff’s remaining performances as Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour.

While the name has changed, the distinctive rock vocals of Geoff Tate remain the same.

Turn it up.

Come on out.

It’s time to enjoy what is now known as the band, OPERATION: MINDCRIME.

Stay tuned.

Tagged: Queensryche

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Willie
Moderator
July 31st 2014
16019 Comments


So, the lawsuit was to decide who can use the Queensryche name in order to avoid fan confusion. Part of the stipulation was that Geoff could call himself the ex-vocalist of Queensryche for the next two years... so now, for the next two years, Geoff's band will be billed as "Operation: Mindcrime featuring Geoff Tate, the original voice of Queensryche". That won't confuse casual fans at all.....

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laughingman22
July 31st 2014
1727 Comments


omg what

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Sabrutin
July 31st 2014
875 Comments


This makes me sad, and considering his latest solo album I don't know if I want to give the benefit of doubt...

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SirDrumsalot
July 31st 2014
1568 Comments


I heard about this. Its so stupid. Just another attempt to get all he can out of the name that he supposedly doesn't want to be affiliated with anymore.

DrJohn
July 31st 2014
489 Comments


"Geoff plans to continue expanding the musical dimensions of your mind"

Geoff plans to continue expanding his ego, while compressing his range and voice even more, with our ears as his test subjects.


zaruyache
July 31st 2014
6605 Comments


Not my ears bro. Prob won't touch this trainwreck even for lulz purposes.

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SirDrumsalot
July 31st 2014
1568 Comments


"Geoff plans to continue expanding his ego, while compressing his range and voice even more, with our ears as his test subjects."

Word!


Pokermask
July 31st 2014
3 Comments


Don't bother...

DrJohn
July 31st 2014
489 Comments


Furthermore "With the newly named band, I think fans will continue to enjoy the music we create"

Who enjoyed your recent work Geoff, and when was it a matter of nomenclature ?

Sabrutin
July 31st 2014
875 Comments


Because now it's called Operation: Mindcrime~

organizedsound
July 31st 2014
139 Comments


this is so fucking lame

DrJohn
July 31st 2014
489 Comments


It's certainly a crime. In all seriousness though does anyone believe he will be able to recapture even a small chunk of his former output?

Sabrutin
July 31st 2014
875 Comments


Considerig his recent works...


No.

Friday13th
July 31st 2014
2478 Comments


That's what I would do considering playing Mindcrime in its entirety is his only asset. It's still lame though.

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DrJohn
July 31st 2014
489 Comments


Mate, what I fear with regard to Geoff’s mental state; his narcissism to be exact, is that he may turn into a Jim Jones, and weird stuff will take place at his winery for those who still follow him.

Gmork89
July 31st 2014
5513 Comments


Brace yourselves, Operation Mindcrime is here to outdo Operation Mindcrime with ex queensryche vocalist Geoff featuring AC/DC on guitars.

KriegdemKriege
July 31st 2014
1160 Comments


Heck yeah, the real Queensryche got the name.

zaruyache
July 31st 2014
6605 Comments


Simon Wright plays drums not guitar. AC/DC on drums, Whitesnake on bass.

ExplosiveOranges
July 31st 2014
2843 Comments


Blah.

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hikingmetalpunk
July 31st 2014
1047 Comments


lmao

DrJohn
July 31st 2014
489 Comments


I found this to be quite entertaining ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRPX7v352og

Wizard
July 31st 2014
19444 Comments


The guy is a douchebag.

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DrJohn
July 31st 2014
489 Comments


Do you enjoy old Ryche Wizard?

beachdude42
July 31st 2014
238 Comments


LMAO this is gonna be even worse than Mindcrime II

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YakNips
July 31st 2014
11316 Comments


oh ok its not Geoff Rickly

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Futures
July 31st 2014
11186 Comments


lol

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DrJohn
July 31st 2014
489 Comments


^^ At least you keep your spirits up

SnakeDelilah
July 31st 2014
7448 Comments


fucking shithead

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2014
21278 Comments


what a dickhead

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DrJohn
July 31st 2014
489 Comments


Geoff is a Golden GOD!

InbredJed
July 31st 2014
5917 Comments


heh, this is going to faaiiiiiil.

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DrJohn
July 31st 2014
489 Comments


Why say that?

tempest--
July 31st 2014
13632 Comments


geoff tate is my hero

emester
July 31st 2014
3569 Comments


breaking news: geoff tate continues to stroke his ego boner

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DrJohn
July 31st 2014
489 Comments


^^ At last some sense in this comment section...

chickenhawk
August 1st 2014
3 Comments


Girl you're name must be Queensryche. Because literally no one is listening to you anymore.

someguest
August 1st 2014
20681 Comments


Reading this article was a fucking mind crime.

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17WordHaiku
August 1st 2014
160 Comments


we desperately need a sequel to hot spot junkie geoff. song of all times right there.
no fuck that, we need a trilogy dedicated to hotspot junkie.

sonictheplumber
August 1st 2014
4571 Comments


he's a turd

sonictheplumber
August 1st 2014
4571 Comments


i wish toddryche would come to atlanta

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2014
28586 Comments


hotlanta u mean

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