Geoff Tate fronted Queensryche for 30 years, selling millions of albums, including the multi-platinum smash Empire. He also set the standard for concept albums with 1988’s Operation: Mindcrime. After an acrimonious split with his former members, Tate has emerged with a new project and a familiar name – Operation Mindcrime.
The first new release is called The Key, and it’s part one of an ambitious trilogy of albums which Tate has planned over the next few years.
He’s been the lead singer of Queensryche for over 25 years – Geoff Tate led the band through such critically-acclaimed albums as their magnum opus Operation: Mindcrime and the multi-platinum Empire (read our review here). Earlier in the year, news came that the other members of Queensryche were splitting from Tate and forming another band, essentially a Queensryche cover band…an odd career move for sure. Undaunted, Tate grabbed some of his talented friends for a fresh version of the band, which he hopes to unleash in 2013. In the meantime, Geoff Tate has a brand new solo album, called Kings & Thieves, full of the crunching power chords and melodic hooks that have become signatures of his music. We talk with Tate about the split with his former bandmates, and inspiration behind many of the songs on his new CD.
Geoff Tate has led Queensryche through 11 albums that have combined metal with thought-provoking lyrics. The band is celebrating the 20th anniversary edition of their landmark album Empire. Tate talks with us about the direction they decided to take after the previous album, Operation: Mindcrime, and how their smash single “Silent Lucidity” almost didn’t make the album. He also talks about the band’s surreal performance on the 1992 Grammy Awards. Click below to listen to the Geoff Tate Queensryche interview on Icon Fetch.