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."