Keyboardist Randy Gane
(pictured below), who is a member of Geoff Tate
's newly assembled version of QUEENSRŸCHE
, suffered a heart attack Wednesday night (December 26), according to a posting on Geoff
page. The singer is asking fans to "please send [their] prayers and positive thoughts to [his] good friend."Gane
, who turned 53 on November 30, was a co-founder of Tate
. He has also played with the alternative band CANDLEBOX
and appeared on the group's 1993 debut, which sold four million copies and featured the hits "You"
and "Far Behind"
In a recent interview, Tate
's played on quite a few QUEENSRŸCHE
records over the years and written on QUEENSRŸCHE
records over the years, and toured with us as well."
He added in a separate interview: "Randy Gane
and I have been musical partners for more than 30 years. We have written many songs together and have similar musical tastes."Tate
also includes legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo
, QUIET RIOT
), drummer Bobby Blotzer
) and guitarist Kelly Gray
will hit the road next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group's epic 1988 release, "Operation: Mindcrime"
The performance of "Operation: Mindcrime"
next spring will cover all fifteen 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"
. It will also feature other selections from the QUEENSRŸCHE
catalog, including songs from "Operation: Mindcrime II"
, KING DIAMOND
) announced his departure from Geoff Tate
last month before playing a single show with the band. He said in a statement: "I was very excited about doing this gig initially, but learned in the past week or so that it's in my best interest not to do this right now. I feel really bad for those who were excited about the idea, and to Geoff
himself, who, I have to say, was very nice to me on my past trip to Seattle. I, of course, am very disappointed for arriving at this point, and making this decision, to say the least. I sincerely wish the Geoff
and the band all the luck on what they do in the future."Tate
, who was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE
in June after fronting the group for three decades, recently sought to prevent his former bandmates from touring and operating under the QUEENSRŸCHE
name without him. While ruling against Tate
, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate
also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. "I don't see any reason that Mr. Tate
can't have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand," Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira
said during the July 13 court hearing. "I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I'm sure the market can get these things sorted out," she added.