Geoff TateQueensryche at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix
By Dave Schwartz

Queensr˙che recently made a stop at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.  I know if you’ve been in the loop regarding Queensr˙che you’re asking yourself, “Which one is it?”  For those not in the know, since a 2012 backstage altercation before a show in Săo Paulo, Braziltwo versions of Queensr˙che have been touring.  Court decisions will follow in early 2014 to decide ownership of the name, but until then allow me to clarify that the Geoff Tate version of Queensr˙che was in town.

Tate remains one of rock and roll’s premier vocalists.  Despite three decades on the road, his voice continues to be as pure and true today as it was during the “Operation Mindcrime” and “Empire” days.  Tate has surrounded himself with a stellar lineup of musicians that includes a mixture of former members of Queensr˙che, like guitarist Kelly Gray (1998 - 2001) joined by old friends bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Dio/Whitesnake/Quiet Riot/Blue Öyster Cult), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth), guitarist Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Hurricane) and drummer Simon Wright(AC/DC /Dio/Rhino Bucket).  Once formed, their immediate objective was realized with the online release of “Frequency Unknown” on April 23, 2013 followed by the CD release on May 21, 2013.  Since the release, reclaiming the Queensr˙che fan base by touring is all that’s on Tate’s mind. 

QueensrycheWith a wealth of classics and hits to choose from, Tate performed songs that reflected Queensr˙che’s entire catalog.  Not surprisingly he focused much of the band's attention on “Operation Mindcrime” and of course, “Empire” albums.  The smaller venue dictates that mostly hard-core fans were in attendance and they were eager for all that Tate would give.  The set also included a few songs from “Frequency Unknown,” which were warmly accepted. 

I’ve seen Queensr˙che perform several times over the years and it surprises me to say that this was one of their better shows.  It may have been the intimate venue or perhaps that the band drama from 2012 has forced Tate to reflect on their legacy, resulting in a newfound passion.  Time will tell us many things.  But most certainly, 2014 will be a very interesting year for Queensr˙che and their fans. 

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