Founded in Bellevue, Queensrÿche and Tate were a cultish prog-metal band before the 1988 release of Operation: Mindcrime — a political rock opera of all things — went platinum and launched the band into headlining arenas.
At the Bing Crosby Theater Wednesday, Tate and his band played the album in its entirety to an appreciative crowd of Spokane metal fans, many in T-shirts memorializing the Operation: Mindcrime album. This was the final stop on the anniversary tour, a jaunt that stretched 20 months and into 26 countries, Tate told the audience. The 60-year-old singer known for his powerful pipes still sounded great, and worked the stage like a true rock star — the moves from the old videos for "I Don't Believe In Love" and "Breaking the Silence" are still there. His band replicated Operation: Mindcrime very well, and his daughter Emily Tate even popped on stage at one point to sing one of the opera's roles.
When the album's performance was over, Tate wasn't done. His encore included other Queensrÿche hits like "Silent Lucidity" and "Empire."