QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to Bergen.com about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". The question-and-answer session follows:
Bergen.com: Seventeen years is a long time to wait for a sequel. Why didn't you make "Mindcrime: II" years ago?
Geoff Tate: "After we did the first 'Mindcrime' I really wasn't interested in doing a sequel. I was interested in other topics. Then I got involved in writing a [movie] treatment for the story a couple of years ago and in doing so realized that there were quite a few vague areas in the story that you could fill in. I think that sort of led to the sequel idea."
Bergen.com: What became of the screenplay?
Geoff Tate: "We've been in talks lately with a company about making it into a film. They seem to have a passion for it. We'll see if it works out."
Bergen.com: Does "Mindcrime: II" pick up where the story left off, or is it set in present day?
Geoff Tate: "It's a bit of a catch-up and what's happened 15 years later. It works in flashback. The idea is, what would you learn about life if you were sitting in a cell for 15 years? I think you would probably analyze every aspect of your life and relive every move."
Bergen.com: QUEENSRŸCHE today isn't nearly as heavy a band as it was in 1988. Will you try to recapture your old sound for "Mindcrime: II"?
Geoff Tate: "This record won't be the first one. We don't want it to be. Musically that record is very simplistic. This new one is going to be quite a bit more grand and experimental. It's going to have more moods that are indicative of the characters in the story growing up. 'Mindcrime' was written from the life experience of a band of 30-year-old young men. This record is written from the experience of 45-year-old men."
Bergen.com: Guitarist Chris DeGarmo, a key contributor on "Mindcrime", left the band in 1997. He co-wrote several songs on your recent studio album, "Tribe", but did not rejoin the band. Is he involved in "Mindcrime: II"?
Geoff Tate: "Not yet, but that doesn't mean he won't fly in at any moment. The offer is out there. He's sort of a strange cat. You never quite know what he's going to do."