Art rock pioneers QUEENSRŸCHE will perform the classic album "Operation: Mindcrime" in its entirety on the upcoming fall 2004/winter 2005 tour, which is being presented by VH1 Classic. A "greatest hits" set will open each show, and at the end of the night there will be a preview of the upcoming Sanctuary Records release "Operation: Mindcrime II", the working title of the long-awaited, eagerly desired sequel to the groundbreaking concept album. Audiences will be blown away by the Surround Sound audio setup on the tour.
Vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, guitarist Mike Stone, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield will open each show with a "greatest hits" set ending with the smash "Silent Lucidity". Local orchestra string sections will perform with the band in select cities. Michael Igor Delassandra, formerly an official composer for the Vatican, will accompany QUEENSRŸCHE and perform on keyboards.
“The band is so excited to be performing 'Operation: Mindcrime' in its entirety again after not having done this in 15 years," says Tate. "We are presenting it in a whole new way that finally does justice the intricacies of the story and the personalities of the characters.”
"Operation: Mindcrime" will be recreated in full with enhanced production. Live actors will embody the fascinating characters of this chilling tale — interacting both on stage and off. Vocalist Pamela Moore, who toured with QUEENSRŸCHE recently, will be back to provide the vocals of the album's pivotal character, "Sister Mary". New video footage will be incorporated as well. QUEENSRŸCHE also performed "Operation: Mindcrime" in its entirety in 1990-91, but this time around new and expanded video footage will be used. Fans who saw the show in 1990-91 will enjoy a more vivid experience this time.
One of the most exciting parts of each concert will certainly be the finale — the preview of "Operation: Mindcrime II". Fans have wanted a sequel ever since "Operation: Mindcrime" exploded and earned the band critical acclaim and commercial success. In particular, fans have always asked one burning question in relation to the "Operation: Mindcrime" plot: "Who killed Sister Mary?" The new album, scheduled for release in 2005, will address that question.
The North American tour begins in October 2004 and another run of dates is planned to start in January 2005. Upcoming dates include:
Oct. 05 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
Oct. 06 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
Oct. 07 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Oct. 08 - Portland, OR @ Schnitzer
Oct. 09 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
Oct. 10 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy
Oct. 12 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
Oct. 13 - Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
Oct. 15 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Live
Oct. 16 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
Oct. 17 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
Oct. 18 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Theater
Oct. 19 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Oct. 21 - Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater
Oct. 22 - Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Oct. 23 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Oct. 24 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
Oct. 26 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon
Oct. 27 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Oct. 29 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues