Launch Radio Networks reports: QUEENSRŸCHE kicks off their North American tour tonight (Friday, August 25) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The band is doing their "Operation: Mindcrime I" and "II" albums in their entirety, with a full-on multimedia extravaganza. Frontman Geoff Tate told Launch that the shows will expand on what they did last year, when they performed the first "Operation: Mindcrime" album live. "Some things I've never seen done before in a live setting before," he said. "There's an incredibly dramatic death scene with Mary, very graphic. There is some nudity with the show. It's a very adult thing, because, of course, of the nature of the story. It's the story of a terrorist, and there's addiction, there's violence, there's guns, those kind of things, so it's a night at the theater, you know, with real intense music. [chuckles]"
Tate also told Launch that the shows will have actors portraying the different characters, different set pieces for different songs, and film screens that form walls on the stage.
During the tour, Tate and guitarist Mike Stone are hosting motorcycle rides with fans to raise money for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, which supports music education programs across the country.
QUEENSRŸCHE recently announced plans to record and release a double live album recorded on its current "Operation: Mindcrime II" tour. Tentatively titled "Operation: LIVECrime II", the set will include a live production of the original "Mindcrime" on Disc 1 and a live production of "Mindcrime II" on Disc 2.
Rhino Records has set an August 29 release date for the reissue of QUEENSRŸCHE's 1999 effort, "Q2K". The remastered and expanded version of the album will be available at traditional physical and digital retail outlets and www.rhino.com for a suggested retail price of $18.98. The iTunes version of the album will also feature an exclusive video for "The Right Side of My Mind". The re-released album contains remastered versions of all 11 original studio tracks and includes a pair of songs recorded during the "Q2K" sessions that have never been released before — "Until There Was You" and "Howl". Also included are different versions of two albums tracks: the radio edit of "Breakdown" and a live version of "Sacred Ground", recorded during the "Q2K" tour.