Geoff Tate's Queensryche Officially Changing Name to Operation: Mindcrime

Tate also announces a trilogy project, dubs it his most ambitious project to date.

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Geoff Tate has officially announced that his band will cease to exist under the Geoff Tate's Queensryche moniker as soon as the current "Queensryche Farewell Tour" is wrapped up.

As Blabbermouth reports, the band will venture forth as Operation: Mindcrime, taking name of the classic 1988 Queensryche effort. Apart from Tate, the group consists of Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), Randy Gane (Myth) and Kelly Gray (Queensryche).

Geoff had already announced new creative endeavors following the tour's completion, but has now shed more light on the upcoming projects, announcing his biggest, most ambitious effort to date.

Specifically, the vocalist has confirmed working on a trilogy project, spanning across 37 musical ideas. "I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story," he said.

Sharing a tentative release date, Tate added, "I knew that one record wouldn't cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy. It's an exciting project and one we'd like to release the first part of sometime next spring."

As the official release reads, "Geoff would like to concentrate on concept and story albums in the years to come. Fans like to call it, 'Thinking Man's Metal' and Geoff plans to continue expanding the musical dimensions of your mind."

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    Must really suck to be him in this day and age. Constantly trying to regain former glory, always hanging on to past success while pretending that you're "looking forward" and are "excited about the musical possibilities" when all people want to hear is Operation: Mindcrime. And that's what he continues to give them since nobody wants to hear his new shit.
    Yeah Tate, the best way to leave Queensryche back and not become just a nostalgia act, as you said you wanted to do, is naming your band like (arguably) Queensryche's best album, which is the only thing you've been playing for the last couple of years and you've been milking shamelessly for a very long time. Way to go, right.
    Now they might as well be a tribute band...
    The funny thing is, most tribute bands would probably be better than this band now. At least there'd be a higher chance of them playing on key. Also, there's already a Queensryche tribute band called Operation: Mindcrime. Maybe he wants to sue them too? LOL
    Geoff Tate's Empire would have been better, and it is a mindcrime to listen his new stuff XD
    Narrowed down to 37 ideas?? He hasn't written a decent song in 20 years. He should just do a mindcrime show in vegas once a week and chase the hot chicks.
    He wrote a decent song 20 years ago? Can you point me to it? I must have missed it.....
    They killed dr. X and Nikki in mind crime 2 anyway. There's nothin left to tell. Tate's crazy
    Aside from naming themselves like the official Queensryche cover band, there's no indication that it has anything to do with Operation: Mindcrime.
    Everyone keeps dissing Queensryche's 'newer' stuff saying that they're hanging on to Operation Mindcrime, to be fair though. To be fair. It's really really good.
    I feel so screwed over by this news. I was kind of hoping Geoff Tate would return to what he does best: groove like hell. Making a another Mindcrime sequel would mean making metal, which I think he can no longer sing convincingly.
    Good luck to them. I wasn't crazy about that last album but they've got tons of potential to produce some killer stuff. Let's wait and see what happens.
    Doesn't Mindcrime sound better than Operation: Mindcrime for a name? A bit less desperate sounding? He is such a great vocalist, but that act he put on at Rocklahoma right before the split was terrible. He needs to take a timeout in the corner and straighten up whatever is wrong with him before he just goes and taints another band name.
    Why are so many making the assumption the "trilogy" is going to be a sequel or even related to "Operation:Mindcrime?"