CJAM-FM's melodic metal radio show "The Signals Of Intuition" recently conducted an interview with former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION: MINDCRIME singer Geoff Tate. You can now listen to the chat below.
Asked what other artists he is listening to nowadays and who his "muse" is at the moment, Tate replied: "I wouldn't say I have a muse at the moment. I'm pretty involved with my own stuff at the moment, which is typical for me. When I'm working on an album, I don't listen to anything else. I really honestly find it to be a distraction, because a lot of writing is mental — you've got a song in your head, or you've got a melody in your head, or you've got a rhythm in your head, and anything else coming in becomes kind of distracting to what it is you're trying to work on. But I like a lot of music. I think I probably own ten thousand albums in my collection. I've got everything — from classic stuff and R&B and jazz and pop music and metal to, you name it… show tunes. [Laughs] All kinds of stuff."
Joining Tate in OPERATION: MINDCRIME's current touring lineup are guitarists Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE) and Scott Moughton, drummer Scott Mercado (CANDLEBOX), bassist Tim Fernley (THE VOODOOS) and keyboardist Randy Gane (MYTH).
"The Key", the first album of an ambitious trilogy from OPERATION: MINDCRIME, sold around 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available last September via Frontiers Music Srl.
OPERATION: MINDCRIME's next album, which has already been completed, will arrive in September.