QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate revealed during an appearance on last night's "Rockline" nationally syndicated radio show that the group's upcoming tour with JUDAS PRIEST will last eight weeks and will cover mostly outdoor arenas.
As BLABBERMOUTH.NET reported earlier today, a source at Epic Records told Launch Radio Networks that the PRIEST/QUEENSRŸCHE North American tour will kick off on May 31 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Further dates and cities, as well as venues, could be announced as early as next week. A third band my also be added to the bill.
Tate recently told "The Hairball John Radio Show" that the group are planning on concentrating on their early, pre-"Operation: Mindcrime" material for the setlist for the PRIEST tour. "We're gonna kind of go back to the first few records and play around with some of that and not play anything from 'Mindcrime' or the more modern stuff, we're gonna leave that alone," he said.
QUEENSRŸCHE are currently recording their new album, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". A late 2005 release is expected.
(Thanks: DethMaiden / MetalSetlists.com)