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Can't you feel it coming? EMPIRE! Can't you hear it coming? EMPIRE! Here comes 2020 and that sound you hear and vibration you feel is GEOFF TATE and his band, Operation: Mindcrime, gearing up for their forthcoming tour of America beginning next spring that will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of EMPIRE. Released in August of 1990, the album spawned six singles ("Empire," "Silent Lucidity," "Best I Can," "Jet City Woman," "Another Rainy Night (without you)" and "Anybody Listening?") and is Queensryche's bestselling album to date with sales over three million units, achieving triple-platinum status. GEOFF and the band -- currently comprised of Kieran Robertson on guitar, Jack Ross on bass, Scott Moughton on guitar and Felix Bohnke on drums -- will be performing all eleven songs from the album back-to-back, in its entirety. And to throw it completely over the top, the forthcoming shows will be kicked off by a complete performance of Queensryche's second studio album, Rage for Order, another eleven song gem that featured the singles, "Gonna Get Close to You," "The Whisper" and "Walk in the Shadows." Just a few years after its release in the summer of '86, Kerrang! magazine called it one of the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All-Time." That's right, both "Rage for Order" and "Empire" all in one night!
Multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter GEOFF TATE is best known for his 30-plus years as the creative and driving force behind the progressive metal band Queensryche. Since its inception with GEOFF at the helm, the band sold over 25 million albums worldwide and performed in over fifty different countries. GEOFF is regarded as one of the most skilled vocalists in the genre with hundreds of modern, popular artists citing him and his former band as a major influence.
Combining social consciousness and expertly crafted lyrics with high-energy, melodically complex music, Queensryche --with GEOFF TATE at the forefront -- became internationally recognized as the thinking man's rock band. The band's first three albums -- their self-titled EP (1983), The Warning (1984) and Rage for Order (1986) -- all hit gold status selling over 500,000 units each. With the release of their landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime (1988) -- 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.
Following the album's platinum success, Queensryche released Empire, which quickly entered the Top Ten on the Billboard charts, eventually generating sales of more than three million copies. The album featured the hugely popular hit, "Silent Lucidity," which would be the band's first Top Ten single (#9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart). GEOFF and the band would ultimately perform the Grammy nominated song live at the Grammy awards accompanied by a supporting orchestra. In all, Queensryche has been nominated for a Grammy four times and has had their music featured in three feature films.
In 2006, the band released Operation: Mindcrime II, a scorching sequel to their original 1988 tale of "Rock, Revenge and Redemption." The band would soon hit the road performing both albums back-to-back in their entirety in an incredible theatrical presentation. The spectacle would be captured on Mindcrime at the Moore, a double CD/DVD release so popular that the DVD would debut at #1 on Billboard's Top Music DVD chart and eventually reach gold status.
Shortly after the release of that hugely successful set, Queensryche would release another gem in 2007 titled, Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensryche, that featured 17 career-spanning tracks including seven Top 10 hits with a two-CD deluxe Collector's Edition that added fifteen rare and previously unreleased recordings. Later that year, the band found themselves on the fall leg of the highly acclaimed Heaven and Hell Tour with the late, great Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice along with other special guest, Alice Cooper. The year would culminate with the release of Take Cover, an adventurous 11-song collection of covers ranging from Black Sabbath to Broadway.
In early 2009, Queensryche released American Soldier (via Atco/Rhino Records), a concept album inspired by the stories of military veterans that examines the consequences of war from the soldier's perspective... yet another effort that will solidify GEOFF and the band in rock history. A truly memorable experience, the band met with, and performed for, troops in both the U.S. and the Middle East.
In November of 2010, Capitol/EMI released an expanded 20th Anniversary edition of Empire. The two CD set included the remastered album along with thirteen bonus tracks, ten of which were previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London's Hammersmith Odeon. In addition to the live recordings, the bonus tracks included "Last Time in Paris" (from "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" soundtrack), "Dirty Lil' Secret" and a rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair." Also in 2010, Queensryche would, once again, display their immense creativity by presenting the Queensryche Cabaret, which was heralded as "the first adults-only rock show."
In 2011, the band would find themselves celebrating their 30th Anniversary in rock, marking the occasion with the release of Dedicated to Chaos (Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud) and an extensive support tour. At the end of 2012, GEOFF released his first solo album in over a decade, titled Kings & Thieves (InsideOut Music), that was quickly followed by the news of a 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour that would encompass the United States in 2013. Also that year, GEOFF would release what would be his last album under the Queensrychename, Frequency Unknown (Cleopatra Records), an effort that would feature such guest musicians as Ty Tabor, K.K. Downing, Brad Gillis, Dave Meniketti and Chris Polandalong with the members of his version of Queensryche at the time - Rudy Sarzo, Robert Sarzo, Simon Wright, Kelly Gray and Randy Gane.
In 2014, it was announced that GEOFF and his band mates would be embarking on what would be their farewell tour as Queensryche, with a subsequent announcement stating that Queensrychewith original lead singer GEOFF TATE would be changing its name to "Operation: Mindcrime" in September for future tours and recordings. By the end of the year, GEOFF began working on one of his most ambitious works to date, an entirely new concept album, titled The Key, that would be the first in a trilogy. Released in September of 2015 (Frontiers Music SRL), the debut album examined the question, "What would you do if you 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 worse?"
Next in the trilogy would be 2016's Resurrection, completed by 2017's The New Reality. All three albums were followed up with international tours that included extensive tours of the United States.
In the summer of 2018, GEOFF and the current line-up of Operation: Mindcrime, hit the road, once again, this time to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Operation: Mindcrime, performing the 1988 landmark concept album from beginning to end in its entirety... A show so popular, they would perform it throughout the year and again in the latter half of 2019.
For the first half of the year, GEOFF found himself going out on an extensive tour with Avantasia, as he was featured on three of the songs from the band's latest album, Moonglow. After the trek with Avantasia, he teamed up with guitarist and bassist Simone Mularoni, keyboardist Emanuele Casali and drummer Paolo Caridi for an entirely new project called Sweet Oblivion (feat. Geoff Tate) that released their self-titled debut album via Frontiers Music srl in June. Also that month, Operation: Mindcrime took to the road to continue the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the landmark concept album of the same name, performing sixteen dates throughout the U.S. on the tour's first leg of the year. The second leg begins in the fall and is expected to land in over two dozen cities.
Here comes 2020, the 30th Anniversary of Empire... and the Empire still stands.