Geoff Tate brings 30th anniversary celebration of Operation: Mindcrime to Spokane

click to enlarge Geoff Tate's Operation Mindcrime plays the Bing Oct. 16.
Geoff Tate's Operation Mindcrime plays the Bing Oct. 16.

Geoff Tate, the former lead singer of Seattle prog-metal pioneers Queensrÿche, is bringing a celebration of that band's breakthrough Operation: Mindcrime album to Spokane for a show in October.

Operation: Mindcrime, a 1988 hard-rock opera involving a junkie brainwashed into becoming a hitman for an underground political group (seriously), propelled the band from cult favorites to mainstream success thanks to songs like "Revolution Calling," "I Don't Believe In Love" and "Eyes of A Stranger" that became MTV staples. The band's follow-up, Empire, was another hit thanks to its title track and omnipresent Pink Floyd-esque power ballad "Silent Lucidity."

Tate split from the band acrimoniously in 2012 after 30 years together, and while there's still a Queensrÿche touring with a different singer, there's no mistaking Tate's powerhouse vocals for anyone else. He's released a couple of solo albums over the years, and continued to tour performing the music of Queensrÿche.


On Oct. 16, Tate will headline the Bing Crosby Theater, performing Operation: Mindcrime in its entirety, as well as other hits from his former band. Ticket range from $27-$47. They are on sale starting today, available at the Bing's website or any TicketsWest location.

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