In a brand new interview with Steel For Brains, former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate was asked if he has seen the negative impact the culture of immediacy has had on the music industry. He responded: "I generally have a difficult time marrying the two concepts of art and commerce. [Laughs] I'm really, really uninterested in commerce as far as the music industry goes. I don't really think about it much. Perhaps I should. I don't know. It's just something I can't quite grasp or wrap my head around. It seems like such a tremendous compromise that you have to sort of take on when you try to sell your music, so I kind of leave that to other people. [Laughs] It's very difficult for me to figure out how I fit into the music industry as a commercial product. I can't even wrap my head around that. [Laughs]"
"The Key", the first album of an ambitious trilogy from Tate's new band, OPERATION: MINDCRIME, sold around 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available on September 18 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Joining Tate on "The Key" are a hard-hitting cast of familiar faces and new collaborators: bass players David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and John Moyer (DISTURBED, ADRENALINE MOB), drummers Simon Wright (AC/DC), Scott Mercado (CANDLEBOX) and Brian Tichy (BILLY IDOL, OZZY OSBOURNE), guitarists Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE) and Scott Moughton (Geoff Tate's solo band), keyboardist Randy Gane (MYTH) and vocalist Mark Daly (THE VOODOOS).