Capital Chaos TV has uploaded video footage of Geoff Tate's August 15 performance at B Street Theatre at The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts in Sacramento, California during his 30th-anniversary tour for QUEENSRŸCHE's landmark "Operation: Mindcrime" concept album. Check out the clips below.
Asked about his current tour, Tate told The Great Southern Brainfart: "It's strange to think about, but this is my perspective. I wasn't actually even gonna do it again. I get requests — so many requests — to play this record in its entirety. You know who from? The promoters. I know people don't think of it from that perspective. I'm sure they must think that, 'Oh, Geoff Tate, he can't put that album away. He's just gonna keep playing it and playing it.' No, I wanna put it away. But the promoters just [say], 'You've gotta play 'Mindcrime' on this tour. You've gotta do it.' 'Ahh… Okay. One more time?' 'Just one more time.' [Laughs]
"But 30 is a good time," he continued. "I'm singing strong. I feel good. I've got a great band playing it who loves the album. And the fans are loving it and turning up in good numbers, and the promoters are happy. Everything's good. So I'm happy. I love the album; I love the songs; it's a very special record for me. Would I like to play other music? Yeah. [Laughs] I would. But this is what people want to hear from me at this point, so I'm giving them what they want."
The "Mindcrime" set covers all 15 songs from the album including such fan favorites as "Revolution Calling", "Operation: Mindcrime", "I Don't Believe In Love" and the closing track, "Eyes Of A Stranger". As fans might remember, Geoff performed the album in its entirety on tour in 2013 to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
"Operation: Mindcrime" — one of the most iconic concept albums of all-time — was the album that thrust Geoff Tate's unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the international spotlight.
Proving the music has stood the test of time, in 2006, Geoff and his QUEENSRŸCHE bandmates brought the theatrical interpretation of the "Mindcrime" saga to audiences all over the world. In October of that year, an epic performance was filmed and recorded, resulting in "Mindcrime At The Moore", an album/DVD set released in July of 2007 that would debut at #1 on the Billboard Music DVD chart. It would mark the band's first #1 chart debut, quickly selling over 50,000 units, achieving gold status.
In all, Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million albums at the helm of QUEENSRŸCHE, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations and one MTV Music Video Award along the way. One of those Grammy nominations was for "I Don't Believe In Love" (1990, in the new category of Best Metal Performance), a song that appears on the "Operation: Mindcrime" album.
The band currently on tour features Kieran Robertson from Scotland on guitar, Bruno Sa from Brazil on keyboards, Jack Ross from Scotland on bass, Scott Moughton from Canada on guitar, Josh Watts from England on drums and Geoff Tate's daughter Emily, who is singing the parts of Sister Mary. She's also in the band TIL DEATH DO US PART, who are special guests on this tour.