Jun 19, 2018

Geoff Tate Operation:Mindcrime - Soundstage

By Bob Suehs

 

GEOFF TATE'S OPERATION:MINDCRIME

6/19/18 

Soundstage

Baltimore, MD

 Geoff Tate’s Set List: Anarchy-X, Revolution Calling, Operation:Mindcrime, Speak, Spreading The Disease, The Mission, Suite Sister Mary, The Needle Lies, Electric Requiem, Breaking The Silence, I Don’t Believe In Love, Waiting for 22, My Empty Room, Eyes of a Stranger, ENCORE:  Best I Can, Silent Lucidity, Empire, Jet City Woman

 Operation Mindcrime are:  Geoff Tate on lead vocals, Kieran Robertson & Scott Moughton on guitar, Bruno Sa on keys/guitar, Jack Ross on bass, and Josh Watts on drums.

 Geoff Tate’s daughter Emily opened the show and her band Till Death Do Us Part delivered an artsy electro-pop set which most of the crowd seemed indifferent about.  Interesting side note, the members of Till Death Do Us Part were also the members of Geoff’s Operation Mindcrime.

 By the time Geoff took the stage at 9 PM the venue was half filled and at one point Geoff commented that the room was what’s left of the 80’s. Geoff joked with the crowd and his jokes were be sarcastic jabs with double meaning.  His cleaver charm masked his cynical remarks towards the lackluster audience.

 Performing Operation Mindcrime in it’s entirety was a pleasure to witness and most of the audience were elated to witness Geoff and his excellent backing band perform this rock opera.

 It was obvious that Geoff was performing every song in a lower key which accommodated his current vocal range.  The internet hate for how Geoff currently sings is unjust though because despite loss of his higher range Tate can still perform all songs off Operation Mindcrime with ease.

 Before starting the song “Speak” Tate took an entire bottle of water and drenched the front of the crowd; audience members did not look happy after being were soaked by Tate.

 One obvious fact that most of the audience commented on was Tate’s weight gain.  Tate has packed on the pounds and looks much heavier now.

 Moughton nailed the guitar solos while adding his own style and Kieran held down the DeGarmo rhythm flawlessly.  Drummer Josh Watts brought new life to each song with his youth and energy and Josh’s hair is reminiscent of Tommy Aldridge’s!

 The encore consisted of 4 songs; “Best I Can”, “Silent Lucidity”, “Empire”, and “Jet City Woman”  

 At the merch table Tate sold an interesting assortment of merch including corkscrews, keyrings, and a meet n greet for $50.  Haters be damned, Geoff Tate can still sing the Queensryche classics despite a little loss in his higher ranged vocals.