Geoff Tate is a German-born American vocalist and musician who rose to fame in the late 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche. The band released several hit albums including EMPIRE, RAGE FOR ORDER and OPERATION MINDCRIME which is still their most successful album to date. The 90’s were a difficult time, not only for Queensryche, but for the whole metal genre. The band went through some line-up changes and released more albums including OPERATION MINDCRIME II (2006). In June 20, 2012, it was announced that Queensrÿche had fired Tate, replacing him with Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre. Tate and his wife Susan filed a lawsuit in a Washington court, saying that he was wrongfully terminated from the group. They also filed a preliminary injunction in an attempt to prevent either side to use the band’s name but as a result both parties could use the name. In 2015 Tate’s version of the band released the album FREGUENCY UNKNOWN. April of 2014 it was announced that that the remaining original band members Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson were given the exclusive rights to the Queensrÿche trademark and that Tate received the rights to Operation: Mindcrime. Tate renamed his band to Operation: Mindcrime and in 2015 Kelly Gray, Randy Kane, Simon Wright, John Moyer, Brian Tichy, and Scott Moughton became full time members. The band released their debut album THE KEY in September. The renewed band started their first European tour on last November and then Operation Mindcrime also stopped in Helsinki where they played a show in famous Club Nosturi. I met a good humored Tate on backstage of Nosturi and then we discussed about various topics including the new album, the band’s line-up and of course about the past… Read on!
OPERATION: MINDCRIME. Photo Credit Larry Marano (C) 2014
OPERATION: MINDCRIME — featuring singer Geoff Tate, bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) — has signed a worldwide record deal with Frontiers Music Srl for their forthcoming trilogy project.
“All of us in Operation: Mindcrime are looking forward to the new frontier with our new label, Frontiers Music Srl,” states Tate regarding the signing. “They’re giving us the creative freedom necessary to do the trilogy project I’ve envisioned for the past few years. It’s going to be great fun for all of us involved and we hope our fans will enjoy listening to it as much as we plan to enjoy creating and recording it.”
Yes it’s been confirmed by Tate and his management that this is the end. Yes, the name has been confirmed as changing to Operation Mindcrime and yes, what fans are witnessing on tour now is the end of a legacy in rock and metal music fronted by one of the genre’s most unique and easily recognizable voices. What comes next, we don’t have the answers to.
Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records are offering new and improved mixes of the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE’s new album, Frequency Unknown.Customers who purchased the original mix version and are dissatisfied with the audio can e-mail the label a scan of your actual receipt for the physical CD to Queensryche@cleorecs.com and they will send you a replacement disc at no charge. No questions asked. Read the rest of this entry »
KINGS & THIEVES, the inspiring new album from legendary Queensrÿche vocalist GEOFF TATE, is available today via InsideOut Music. After selling over 20 million albums, receiving four Grammy nominations, and releasing fourteen studio albums, TATE has become one of the most respected vocalists of his time. KINGS & THIEVES will be TATE’s second solo album and first solo effort in over a decade. Fans and press alike have fallen in love with GEOFF TATE’s expertly crafted lyrics, unique progressive style and breathtaking vocals. KINGS & THIEVESonce again shows why TATE is one of the most influential forces in mainstream rock and metal.
KINGS & THIEVES is available at most major outlets including:
GEOFF TATE is currently touring in support of KINGS & THIEVES, including a two-week Canadian run with metal legend ALICE COOPER. More shows are constantly being added, and a list of currently confirmed dates can be seen below.
October 16, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) – GEOFF TATE has teamed up with UltimateClassicRock.com for the exclusive, worldwide premiere of his new track, “Take A Bullet.” This is the second song to be released from his upcoming solo album, KINGS & THIEVES, due out on November 6, 2012 on InsideOut Music. Internationally recognized as the acclaimed voice of Queensryche, GEOFF TATE is one of the most respected vocalists in the history of hard rock and metal, having sold over 20 million records and earned four Grammy nominations.
The song “Take A Bullet” can be heard on UltimateClassicRock.com, here:
GEOFF TATE recently released a lyric video for “Dark Money,” another new song off the upcoming release, KINGS & THIEVES. The captivating video for the socially-charged single can be seen here: http://youtu.be/qIVWKlUvvBU
Both “Dark Money” and “Take A Bullet” are now available on iTunes, and can be purchased here:
Beginning tomorrow, GEOFF TATE will head out on a two-month tour in support of KINGS & THIEVES, including a two-week Canadian run with metal legend ALICE COOPER. More shows are constantly being added, and a list of currently confirmed dates can be seen below. Exclusive pre-order packages for the new album are now available via CM Distro and include a copy of KINGS & THIEVES, an autographed CD booklet and an exclusive t-shirt.
KINGS & THIEVES Track List:
01. She Slipped Away
02. Take A Bullet
03. In The Dirt
04. Say U Luv It
05. The Way I Roll
08. Dark Money
09. These Glory Days
10/17/12 – Newton, NJ @ Newton Theatre
10/18/12 – New York, NY @ The Jewel – Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series
10/19/12 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
10/20/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/21/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ JC’s Washington House
The official lyric video for ‘Dark Money’, a track from former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman GEOFF TATE’s upcoming second solo album, Kings & Thieves, out on November 6th in North America. Watch the video below:
Audio samples of all tracks featured on Kings & Thieves are available via Amazon.de. Click here to check them out.
Kings & Thieves will be Tate’s first solo album in more than a decade, and his debut release for InsideOut Music. The album is available for pre-order via Amazon.com using the widget at the bottom of the page.
As one of the most well-known and respected vocalists in the history of hard rock and heavy metal, Geoff Tate has sold over 20 million records and received four Grammy nominations.
‘She Slipped Away’
‘Take A Bullet’
‘In The Dirt’
‘Say U Luv It’
‘The Way I Roll’
‘These Glory Days’
Fans that pre-order the album through Tate’s official website will also receive a signed 11″ x 17″ poster and commemorative keychain. One in every 50 pre-sale CD packages comes with a meet & greet to a show of their choice (through December 31st, 2013).
Andy Greene of Rolling Stone spoke with singer Geoff Tate about getting fired from Queensryche and impending lawsuits. Portions of the interview appear below.
RS: When exactly did the tensions within Queensryche first surface?
GT: Well, with every band there’s tensions that arise over time. You’ve got different personalities all mixed together and there’s always that kind of thing going on. We’d never been a band that had lots of tensions. We’ve had challenges with making records and with personnel changes. When Chris DeGarmo left the band in 1998, it was a pretty big hit for us. But really, this new thing is kind of out of the blue. I wasn’t expecting anything like this at all.
RS: How did this new thing begin?
GT: I think it really began around February of this year. It mainly started with a disagreement about economics, about moving our merchandising to a third party. We had control over our own merchandising company for years and years and we ran it ourselves. It’s a very successful entity, and the other three guys wanted to take it out of our hands and hand it over to somebody else and pay them more money to operate it, which just seemed liked a ridiculous business idea to me. That’s really where the disagreement started.
RS: Where did things go from there?
GT: It forced us into trying to talk sense into them, our manager and myself and our business manager, trying to get them to see this was not a good deal. Why were they so adamant about taking money out of our pockets and handing it to somebody else? Our manager found another company that would do it for considerably less and they ultimately went with that.
RS: How about musically? Were you guys seeing eye-to-eye on the sound of the band at this point?
GT: Well, this is kind of a weird situation too. In the press release they said there were “creative differences.” But to have creative differences, you have to have two entities or more offering up creative ideas. And that just wasn’t the case. Queensryche has always been my idea, starting from the first record. Queensryche is about albums. It’s about concepts and themes, and those concepts were mine. [Laughs] I started out with The Warning, bringing those ideas in for Rage for Order, Operation: Mindcrime . . . all the albums. I write 81% of the music and the lyrics. Of the 144 songs that Queensryche has released, I’ve written 116 of those.
I am the creative energy in the band, especially since Chris left. When he was in the band it was more of a shared thing between him and I. But once he left, the burden was on me. I don’t consider it necessarily a burden. That’s what I do. I’m a creative person. I write everyday and I’m constantly coming up with creative ideas. I present them to the other guys and they go, “Yeah, sure, that sounds good to us.”
RS: How did they feel about the last album?
GT: Well, you’d have to ask them about that.
RS: Did they ever tell you they weren’t happy with it, or with the direction the band was going?
GT: Nope. No. Nothing.
RS: I’ve read lots of accounts about what happened in Brazil in April. The story on the Internet goes that you overheard them plotting to fire you and then you pushed Michael to the floor and pointed a knife at Scott. What actually happened?
GT: Well, you know how the Internet goes . . . The way it went was, we had a gig in Sao Paolo, and before the show we had a meeting in the dressing room. I asked them straight up about the rumors I’d heard about them replacing me. I was definitely concerned about this. What kind of plan was that? Was it serious? What was going on? They said that they weren’t planning on replacing me, but they had just fired our manager, our office assistant and one of our guitar techs, who all happened to be my family members.
I asked them, “Why is this happening?” They really couldn’t give me a straight answer, or any kind of answer that made any kind of business sense. It seemed like a personal vendetta against me. Anyway, the meeting was short and we went to do the show. I’m getting ready by my station, ready to go on stage, and Scott [Rockenfield] looks at me and he smirks and says, “We just fired your whole family, and you’re next.” I just lost it. I tried to punch him. I don’t think I landed a punch before somebody grabbed me and hauled me to the side. On my way, I managed to shove [Michael] Wilton, and really, that was it. I cooled down and we did the show, and everything went fine.
RS: There was no knife involved?
GT: No. No knife involved. You can’t really get knives into foreign countries.
RS: Do you know why they decided to push you out of the band?
GT: Well, I think it’s economically driven, mostly. I’m a 25 percent holder in our companies. I think it’s just business in their minds. Cut me out and then split 25 percent and hire some young guy that’s gonna work for a weekly wage so they make more money. It’s just ridiculous.
RS: You’d think they’d make more money with you in the band. Now they’re going to be presumably splitting up a smaller pie.
GT: It doesn’t may any sense. [Laughs] Neither does taking a very successful merchandising company and giving it over to somebody else and then paying them more money to run it. It’s bad business. It’s short-sightedness, and it’s just ridiculous.
RS: How did they actually tell you that you were fired?
GT: By a legal letter from their attorney to mine.
RS: In your estimation, do they have the legal right to fire you and carry on as Queensryche?
GT: No. They don’t.
RS: What’s gonna happen now?
RS: Well, we’re in a lawsuit right now and it’s probably gonna get ugly. I filed a claim a couple of days ago. So it’s all going to the legal system now to sort out who is what, and who owns what, and that stuff.
RS: Are you going to form a new version of Queensryche, and possibly have two competing groups out there?
GT: No. I’m not interested in doing that at the moment.
RS: If you win the lawsuit and get the name rights, are you going to hire new musicians and tour again as Queensryche?
GT: Honestly, I don’t know yet. It’s too early to make any kind of comment like that.
RS: Do you think any sort of reunion at any point in the future is even conceivable?
GT: Again, it’s just too early to comment. This is all pretty raw and new.
Los Angeles, CA (June 25, 2012) — GEOFF TATE, the legendary Queensryche frontman and one of the most acclaimed vocalists in the history of hard rock and heavy metal, has signed a worldwide recording contract with INSIDEOUT MUSIC.
“I’m very excited to join forces with InsideOut Music,” says Tate of his multi-album deal. “They are very committed to progressive music and care deeply for their artists, working together with them to bring music lovers worldwide some of the most compelling rock music available.”
As the frontman of Queensryche, GEOFF TATE has sold more than 20 million records and received four Grammy nominations. The band’s landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust their unique social consciousness, expertly crafted lyrics and progressive style into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered the band to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles “Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman.” By the time Queensryche released Promised Land in 1994, Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind progressive metal’s most innovative force in mainstream music. Queensryche have released 12 studio albums, with one of their most overlooked gems being American Soldier in 2009, Tate’s ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans.
“Obviously, we at the label have been fans of Geoff for a long time,” says InsideOut Music founder Thomas Waber. “We are looking forward to working with such a renowned musician – welcome to the InsideOut Music family!”
GEOFF TATE is currently finishing production on his first InsideOut Music release. The album is planned for release this fall, with details to be announced in the coming weeks.
Tate joins an InsideOut Music roster that includes Devin Townsend, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, King’s X, Fates Warning, Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie, The Flower Kings, Arjen Lucassen, Pain Of Salvation, and many more.
There’s always been lot of things going on in the Queensryche world and the latest news is that the band is about to release its twelfth studio album DEDICATED TO CHAOS. We had the pleasure to sit down with the bands drum wizard Scott Rockenfield prior to their triumphant performance at this year’s edition of the Swedenrock festival. Here are the results of that interesting chat. Read on!