Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate will enter the studio this year to record the follow-up to his "The New Reality" album, which was released in 2017 under the OPERATION: MINDCRIME band name.
Speaking to Sonic Perspectives about how he plans to make his new music available to the masses, Tate said (hear audio below): "I have a lot of material written, and I have a lot of material left to complete as well. And this summer while I'm in Europe, I plan on working a lot on it, mostly [coming with] conclusions on some of the unfinished material. I haven't decided on how I'm going to release it yet. I'm kind of leaning towards finding out more information about different ways of releasing material nowadays, 'cause there's so many different options rather than the old-school way of creating an album and then putting it out on a record company, that kind of thing. I'm looking at other, alternative ways… There's all kinds of new ideas on how to do that. I'm kind of in exploratory mode right now."
Geoff's latest comments echo those he made to "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" earlier in the month. At the time, he said that he didn't know how he was going to release his new material. "Is it gonna be an album? Is it gonna be two albums? Is it gonna be released as individual tracks?" he asked rhetorically. "That's sort of sounding a lot more attractive to me nowadays rather than trying to make a record, a full album of stuff. I just don't know. There's all kinds of interesting ways of doing things now. There's no rules anymore, so it's really about what you want and how you wanna go about doing it. It's a brave new world."
Geoff recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime" album by performing it in its entirety on European and U.S. tours.
Tate's post-QUEENSRŸCHE band OPERATION: MINDCRIME released three albums over three years as part of a trilogy: "The Key" (September 2015), "Resurrection" (September 2016) and "The New Reality" (December 2017).
Geoff will celebrate the 30th-anniversary of QUEENSRŸCHE's landmark "Empire" album on a special tour next year. Released in 1990, the set included the hit ballad "Silent Lucidity", which reached No. 9 on the Billboard singles chart, helped propel "Empire" to No. 7 on the album chart and earned two Grammy Award nominations.