Former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION: MINDCRIME singer Geoff Tate will embark on a European tour consisting of very special nights of storytelling and acoustic songs spanning his 35-year career. He will play tracks from 17 different albums, including material from QUEENSRŸCHE's "Rage For Order", "Empire" and "Operation:Mindcrime", as well as songs from the new OPERATION: MINDCRIME album, "Resurrection". He will be backed by a six-piece, all-acoustic band in an up-close-and-personal, intimate setting.
Here are the first confirmed dates, with more to be announced soon:
Dec. 08 - D-Ingolstadt - Eventhalle Westpark
Dec. 10 - ITA-BorgoPriolo -
Dec. 15 - D-Bochum - Matrix
Dec. 17 - NED-Zoetermeer - Boerderij
Dec. 18 - NED-Eindhoven - Dynamo
Dec. 19 - UK-London - O2 Academy Islington
Dec. 20 - UK-Norwich - Waterfront
Dec. 21 - UK-Glasgow - Cat House
Dec. 22 - IE-Dublin - Voodoo
Dec. 23 - NI-Belfast - Empire
Dec. 26 - D-Burgrieden - Riffelhof
Dec. 27 - D-Muenchen - Backstage
Dec. 28 - D-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
Dec. 29 - D-Mannheim - 7er
Jan. 03 - D-Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
Jan. 04 - NED-Heerlen - Parkstad Limburg Theater
In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where Tate sued over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being fired in 2012. Original QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar),Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) responded with a countersuit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue as QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety live.
Frontiers Music Srl will release "Resurrection", the new album from OPERATION: MINDCRIME, on September 23.
Even though Tate is planning to continue making music and touring for the foreseeable future, he says that he is looking forward to his retirement years and spending more time with his family. "I have kind of already lived my dream quite often, almost every day," he told AntiHero Magazine. "I get to write music, which I love. I get to perform, which I love. I get to travel, which I love. I get to meet interesting people and have wonderful conversations with people. I get to go to amazing restaurants, and visit historical sites. I am pretty blessed, and I feel very fortunate. I think that I would like to just keep continuing on doing those things for the rest of my life, really."