Queensryche will perform the classic album Operation:mindcrime in its entirety on the upcoming fall 2004/winter 2005 tour, which is being presented by VH1 Classic. A greatest hits set will open each show, and at the end of the night there will be a preview of the upcoming Sanctuary Records release Operation:mindcrime II, the working title of the long-awaited, eagerly desired sequel to the groundbreaking concept album. Audiences will be blown away by the Surround Sound audio setup on the tour. Fans have always asked one burning question in relation to the Operation:mindcrime plot: Who killed Sister Mary? The new album, scheduled for release in 2005, will address that question.
QUEENSRYCHE FALL TOUR, PRESENTED BY VH1 CLASSIC, TO FEATURE PERFORMANCE OF LEGENDARY ALBUM OPERATION:MINDCRIME IN ITS ENTIRETY ALONG WITH FULL, ENHANCED PRODUCTION INCLUDING LIVE ACTORS
A GREATEST-HITS SET WITH LIVE STRINGS ALSO PLANNED
BAND WILL ALSO DEBUT PORTION OF MUSIC FOR UPCOMING SEQUEL STUDIO ALBUM TENTATIVELY TITLED OPERATION:MINDCRIME II
Art rock pioneers Queensryche will perform the classic album Operation:mindcrime in its entirety on the upcoming fall 2004/winter 2005 tour, which is being presented by VH1 Classic. A greatest hits set will open each show, and at the end of the night there will be a preview of the upcoming Sanctuary Records release Operation:mindcrime II, the working title of the long-awaited, eagerly desired sequel to the groundbreaking concept album. Audiences will be blown away by the Surround Sound audio setup on the tour.
Vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, guitarist Mike Stone, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield will open each show with a greatest hits set ending with the smash Silent Lucidity. Local orchestra string sections will perform with the band in select cities. Michael Igor Delassandra, formerly an official composer for the Vatican, will accompany Queensryche and perform on keyboards.
The band is so excited to be performing Operation:mindcrime in its entirety again after not having done this in 15 years, says Tate. We are presenting it in a whole new way that finally does justice the intricacies of the story and the personalities of the characters.
Operation:mindcrime will be recreated in full with enhanced production. Live actors will embody the fascinating characters of this chilling tale — interacting both on stage and off. Vocalist Pamela Moore, who toured with Queensryche recently, will be back to provide the vocals of the album’s pivotal character, Sister Mary. New video footage will be incorporated as well. Queensryche also performed Operation:mindcrime in its entirety in 1990-91, but this time around new and expanded video footage will be used. Fans who saw the show in 1990-91 will enjoy a more vivid experience this time.
One of the most exciting parts of each concert will certainly be the finale — the preview of Operation:mindcrime II. Fans have wanted a sequel ever since Operation:mindcrime exploded and earned the band critical acclaim and commercial success. In particular, fans have always asked one burning question in relation to the Operation:mindcrime plot: Who killed Sister Mary? The new album, scheduled for release in 2005, will address that question.
The North American tour begins in October 2004 and another run of dates is planned to start in January 2005. Upcoming dates include:
DATE CITY VENUE
Tuesday, October 5th Seattle, WA Moore Theater
Wednesday, October 6th Seattle, WA Moore Theater
Thursday, October 7th Vancouver, BC Commodore
Friday, October 8th Portland, OR Schnitzer
Saturday, October 9th Spokane, WA Big Easy
Sunday, October 10th Boise, ID Big Easy
Tuesday, October 12th Denver, CO Fillmore
Wednesday, October 13th Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium
Friday, October 15th Dallas, TX Nokia Live
Saturday, October 16th San Antonio, TX Sunset Station
Sunday, October 17th Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
Monday, October 18th Houston, TX Verizon Theater
Tuesday, October 19th New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Thursday, October 21st Jacksonville, FL Florida Theater
Friday, October 22nd Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Saturday, October 23rd Orlando, FL House of Blues
Sunday, October 24th Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tuesday, October 26th Tallahassee, FL The Moon
Wednesday, October 27th Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
Friday, October 29th Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
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Geoff Tate has spoken to Billboard.com about the group’s decision to write the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, Operation: Mindcrime .
With regards to the pressure to top the original album, Tate said, I think you always fail miserably in that respect, because you can’t please everybody. You can only do what’s in your heart, what’s in your soul, what’s in your head. We never set out when we made the first Operation: Mindcrime album trying to create anything else other than making a cool record that we liked, something we felt confident with.
You can have 10 people standing there listening to it, and they’re all going to hear it differently, he added. Once you’ve had that happen to you enough, you think, Gosh, I wasn’t thinking about those people when I made this album in the first place, so why should [I] let that affect me?
According to Tate, writing for Operation: Mindcrime II began while the group toured this summer. Guitarist Mike Stone, who tours with Queensryche and contributed to their last studio album, 2003’s Tribe (Sanctuary), is helping write Mindcrime II . Original guitarist Chris DeGarmo had returned to write and perform on Tribe , but Tate does not know if he will contribute to the new set. He says that while it felt good to write with DeGarmo, creative differences and tension were apparent. However, he notes that the door is always open to the guitarist’s input.
Because of the cinematic quality of the videos made for the original album, fans have clamored for a Mindcrime movie. Queensryche’s decision to finally write the sequel arose from Tate working on a screenplay last winter based on the set’s libretto. He says his rough draft has attracted attention from people interested in providing ’serious money to back the project, which he feels has a good chance of being optioned.
Tate is confident that when Queensryche returns to the road in October, the material used in a filmed preview of Mindcrime II that will be screened for audiences will make the finished album. The musical portion of said preview will not comprise a live band performance.
I am not really sure if making an OMC2 is a good idea. First of all there is no way to top that album, and I am afraif that if they try they might lessen the value of the original. Who knows. I just hope that DeGarmo will come back for it. It wouldn’t be the same without him. – said theloudestrock on Aug 08, 2004
I have never been a great fan of sequels. But lets face facts: 1) The nature of sequels in the movie industry has changed dramatically over the last few years. Where some are better than the originals. X2, Spiderman 2, Tomb Raider 2 etc… .. 2) Queensryche has plenty of material, considering the current administration 😯 , for a sequel to be original and just as timely. As for an Operation Mindcrime movie – that is an awesome idea – they have a great story line in the album that should translate into a great movie. – said atrumanimus on Oct 10, 2004
uhh… no.bad idea,other albums not to be redone:dont break the oath,THEM,and overkill’s hello from the gutter,let us crustoids enjoy our past eh? – said zrawk on Oct 10, 2004