In association with Glasgow-based Shock City Productions, ex-QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has announced a return to U.K. stages this November with stops including Newcastle, Aberdeen, Evesham and Leeds.
Up-and-coming band TILL DEATH DO US PART, featuring Geoff's daughter Emily on vocals, has been announced as support for all the shows, a full list of which can be seen below.
Only last year, Geoff and his band began an extensive tour of Europe to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic QUEENSRŸCHE album "Operation: Mindcrime", with four of the dates completely selling out. This second leg of the tour sees Geoff and his band return to U.K. stages for a very special show in cities that missed out on the 30th-anniversary "Operation: Mindcrime" shows last year.
After being fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in 2012, Geoff filed a lawsuit against the remaining members of the band, and, following a lengthy court battle, he was granted the exclusive performance rights to both "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II".
Far from being put down by the off-stage events, Geoff has re-invented himself with his OPERATION: MINDCRIME bandmates going on to produce three inter-connected albums — "The Key" in 2015, followed by "Resurrection" in 2016 and the final piece of the puzzle, "The New Reality", which was released in 2017. All three albums are part of a concept album trilogy involving virtual currencies, Internet banking and stock trading, and all were met with largely positive reviews.
Geoff Tate U.K. tour dates:
Nov. 21 - The Assembly, Aberdeen
Nov. 22 - Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh
Nov. 23 - The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
Nov. 24 - Winter Storm, Troon
Nov. 26 - Trillians Newcastle
Nov. 27 - Fibbers: Live Music Venue, York
Nov. 28 - The Iron Road, Evesham
Nov. 29 - Eleven, Stoke
Nov. 30 - Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd (Greatest Hits Set)
Nov. 01 - The Underworld Camden, London
Dec. 03 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Dec. 04 - The Waterfront, Norwich
Dec. 05 - O'Rileys, Hull
"Operation: Mindcrime" is the third studio album of eleven that Geoff recorded with 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 100 albums of all time.
QUEENSRŸCHE played "Operation: Mindcrime" in its entirety during the band's 1990 tour to promote the "Empire" album. The performance featured video, animation and guest singer Pamela Moore as the character Sister Mary.
Tate was replaced in QUEENSRŸCHE by former CRIMSON GLORY singer Todd La Torre.