Geoff Tate

Geoff Tate’s Queensryche will continue under the name Operation: Mindcrime following their farewell tour.

Not one to remain too far away from controversy for a prolonged period of time, former Queensryche lead vocalist Geoff Tate has revealed that his incarnation of the heavy metal band will continue forward under the moniker Operation: Mindcrime. The news holds a degree of irony to it, considering Geoff Tate’s Queensryche will begin their farewell tour the same night as this announcement (July 30).

As even the most casual listener would be able to elaborate, Tate’s new project borrows their name from Queensryche’s acclaimed 1988 concept album ‘Operation: Mindcrime.’ The original frontman for the group remains the only tie between the lineup which performed on this same album and his backing lineup, which is comprised of bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth), guitarist Kelly Gray (Myth), and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC).

The members of Operation: Mindcrime are currently preparing to enter the recording studio this September to begin work on a trilogy of studio albums, the concept for which Tate says he’s been working on throughout the past two years. “I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story,” comments Tate. “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.”

Geoff Tate continued to say that he’s looking forward to his upcoming 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,” he says. “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.”

While the idea of Tate returning to his original approach is appealing, those fans who have been paying attention to the singer’s recent statements may feel confused with this new venture. Tate previously explained during an interview with Mitch Lafon earlier this same week that he was ready to make a clean break from the confines of the Queensryche name.

“When I wrote ‘Operation: Mindcrime,’ people started saying, ‘This is a thinking man’s metal band’ or ‘rock band,’ and I was very pleased with that moniker; that’s what Queensryche really meant to me — was that it’s thinking music,” he explained. “It’s music that challenges you and you can lose yourself in it and get transported to a different place and it kind of opens up your mind to infinite possibilities. And I was very comfortable with that; that’s what I always thought music should be.

“And I definitely felt proud of that. And now the name means something different; it means this awful lawsuit, this fight, these terrible, negative things, and that’s not my idea of what Queensryche is. So I think it’s a good time to put an end to that and put a period on it and move on and continue the vision that I had, continue progressing and exploring music.”

Tate also compared the official version of Queensryche, featuring original members Eddie Jackson, Michael Wilton and Scott Rockenfield, as well as newly appointed lead vocalist Todd La Torre, to a restaurant under new management which made up for an alternate approach with “gigantic portions of mediocrity.”

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