Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate has recorded a brand new song in support of charity.
All proceeds from the track, which will be released next month, will benefit MercyWatch, a nonprofit focused on outreach to the homeless community in Snohomish County, located in the U.S. state of Washington, where Tate lives with his family.
During an interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, Tate said (hear audio below): "I just finished a song that I'm planning to release for my charity that I support, which is called MercyWatch, which is a homeless support charity that funds doctors and social workers and drug counselors and helps them place homeless people in programs where they can get better and get on to a more productive life. And so that's going to be going up for sale on iTunes, I believe, around Christmas."
The release of Tate's new song will come just weeks after the arrival of "A New Reality", the third and final of a concept album trilogy from his OPERATION: MINDCRIME project.
Asked what his next recording project will be once OPERATION: MINDCRIME releases its final album next month, Tate told The Metal Voice: "I don't know yet, really. I'm kind of in an introspective mode right now, just sort of enjoying my family time. I've been doing some collaborative live performances with different people over the last few months — I played with AVANTASIA in Europe and then with ANGRA the other night [in São Paulo, Brazil]. And I really like doing that — that's very fun — doing some guest appearances here and there with different people and collaborating with different people and projects."
Tate will spend at least part of 2018 touring in celebration of the 30th anniversary of his former band's "Operation: Mindcrime" album. "Operation: Mindcrime" is the third studio album of eleven that Geoff recorded with the progressive heavy metal band QUEENSRŸCHE. The concept album and rock opera is a story following Nikki, a recovering drug addict, who becomes disillusioned with the corrupt society of his time and becomes involved in a revolutionary group, acting as an assassin of political leaders. The certified platinum album was rated by Kerrang! as one of heavy metal’s top hundred albums of all time.
"I'm gonna be beginning my touring cycle in January in Ireland and then into the U.K. and then into Europe," Tate told The Metal Voice. "We finish up in Europe around April, and right now my plans are to take the summer off and then begin touring in North America in the fall."