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GEOFF TATE @ The Garage, Glasgow, 18 Jan 2018
By Pati Gabriel, posted 9 Jun 2018
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Geoff Tate live 2018
Are there any old-school metal fans out there who have never heard the story of the drug addict Nikki so beautifully told by Queensryche on their masterpiece “Operation: Mindcrime”? It’s highly doubtful. The album, that is by many regarded as the definition of prog metal has been played live back to back on numerous occasions, but the original Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate has decided to do it yet again, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of that unique work. Two years after his acoustic tour the singer returned to the UK for an extended 11-date trek and luckily, he didn’t forget to visit Scotland.
It looks like both Queensryche and Geoff still have lots of fans in Glasgow, as due to demand the show had to be moved to a bigger venue and it turned out that those who bought tickets made a very good decision. With the Garage filled up with mostly very mature crowd the intro “I Remember Now” was played back over the P.A., followed by the backing band appearing on stage to play the actual intro “Anarchy-X”, which was in turn followed by the star of this evening himself joining the musicians in “Revolution Calling”, the proper opener of the album. It’s kind of pointless to go through the setlist bearing in mind the album was performed in its entirety and it’s kind of pointless to try and mention any highlights of the show, as “Operation: Mindcrime” has no weak moments really, just ups and no downs. The fans responded enthusiastically the entire evening, singing “the world is all of us” back at Geoff during “Speak”, cheering at Emily Tate (who fronted the support act) as she joined her father in “Suite Sister Mary”, banging their heads to the rhythm of the fast “The Needle Lies” and getting into sad mood during “I Don’t Believe in Love”, where the keyboard player Bruno switched to the guitar and we had three axemen on stage, Leatherwolf style. With so many great tunes played one after another, the atmosphere was getting hotter and hotter, but then, the unavoidable culmination in the shape of “Eyes of a Stranger” sounded and even though everyone knew it was coming no one believed it was actually over. Well, the album was over, but the band returned to stage, obviously, to play a few encore tunes, weirdly enough all of them from the “Empire” album, namely the hit “Best I Can”, the moody “Silent Lucidity”, the title number and “Jet City Woman” where fans had the last chance to scream their guts out. Now, it was actually over. As for the band’s performance, I suppose you could take two different approaches here. If you expected to hear the Queensryche classics played the same way the original band did them, you may have been disappointed. Let’s be honest, it’s impossible for any young, even most talented musicians to come even close to those versions and to do the job as well as the team of old pros. But if you went to see a really good cover band backing up one of the best voices in metal (whom you actually bought the tickets for), you surely left the venue fully satisfied with hunger for more. The guys put all their hearts into it and they seemed to have genuinely enjoyed themselves too, feeding off the crowds’ enthusiastic feedback.
So, before the tour the usual moaners moaned about Geoff Tate not having it anymore and skipped the shows. What can I say, it’s their loss. While it’s true that many classic singers who ruled the ‘80s metal scene have their best years behind them, Geoff keeps in pretty good shape and he sang faultlessly. The UK version of his backing band did a good job, fans had fun, everyone was happy. And now Geoff, here’s an idea I’d like to pitch to you. It’s the 30th Anniversary of “Empire” in two years. I’m sure many fans would love to have you back and hear this classic in its entirety too. Just saying...
Text by Pati Gabriel
Photo by Wojtek Gabriel

Official Geoff Tate website: www.geofftate.com
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Tags: Geoff Tate, Queensryche, Operation Mindcrime, prog metal, live
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