Should I go see Geoff Tate’s Queensryche or not? That is a question I’ve been asked multiple times since we had our first chance to see Geoff two weeks ago. We saw Geoff Tate at the House of Rock in White Marsh, Maryland on 10/22/12. I wanted to give it some genuine thought before trying to make a recommendation to all of you. I decided that there is no way to simply give you my opinion that will be of help to you in making a decision. I think the best thing to do here is first share my thoughts on Queensryche in general to give you my perspective, then give you a list of who SHOULD go to see Geoff Tate’s Queensryche, and who SHOULD NOT.
I have been a big fan of Queensryche from the first time I picked up their debut EP. I would definitely have them in my list of top ten favorite bands if I were asked to create one. I sort of lost touch a bit with them around the time of Mind Crime II, only to have my interest reinvigorated with the release of American Soldier. I never actually saw the band play live prior to American Soldier despite how much I love them, but have seen them multiple times since that release prior to the breakup. If asked to pick my favorite album, I would unquestionably pick The Warning as my favorite, and Dedicated to Chaos as My Least favorite. As far as the whole breakup of the band, I have had a sort of neutral stance on it for now. We will be seeing Geoff Tate’s version again in December on the Shiprocked Cruise, and the other Queensryche on a different cruise in March. I will be better able to compare the two at that point. I also want to hear what kind of music each band creates independent of one another before I can judge the merits of each band. So there you see my perspective. Now here is my take on who should and should not see Geoff Tate’s Queensryche.
Who Should NOT Go See Geoff Tate’s Queensryche:
If you are expecting to see an all Queensryche set with no Geoff Tate solo stuff you will be very disappointed.
If you are one of those ever present fans who insists on yelling “mind crime” after every song, please do not go. Geoff played “Eyes of the Stranger” from that album and that was it.
If you believe that Geoff Tate should retire because he cannot hit all of the notes in the same octave that he did in the 1980s. Geoff does drop down an octave from time to time. Personally, I have no problem with it and think the guy sounds great.
Fans looking for 80s metal. Geoff’s new stuff is definitely not in that style.
For now, the musical drama/theatrical performances of the concept albums seem to be gone, at least for now.
Who SHOULD Go See Geoff Tate’s Queensryche:
Fan who enjoyed Geoff Tate’s first solo album (yes we saw lots of them there who knew all the words) will find lots of tunes in the set.
If you like live music and don’t mind a bit of departure from a steady diet of “Queensryche’s Greatest Hits”.
If you wan to catch a full band with keyboards, two guitar players and Geoff on the saxophone playing a solid set of some live music you won’t hear on the radio.
If you are looking for a FULL set, Geoff played a very long set of music. In my opinion he did a great job mixing old Queensryche, band new stuff, his solo stuff and some later Queensryche tunes.
If you have an open mind and are tired of “the sam old style of music” at rock shows, Geoff stick to the progressive side of music and does play the “required” radio hits (Silent Lucidity, Jet City Woman and a ferw others) but puts on a nice progressive musical performance.
A few more comments on the Geoff Tate’s Queensryche show. I thought Geoff and his band put on a GREAT show. I was a bit confused by the lineup as clearly the announced new Queensryche with Rudy Sarzo (Geoff’s Son in Law was on bass), and Bobby Blotzer were not there and others performed. I was frankly uncertain who the lineup was and am hopeful that the full announced lineup will be on the ship with us in December. As far as the soap opera drama etc. I do not recall Geoff making any derogatory comments (if he did I don’t recall them) about his past bandmates. I must say also that Geoff appeared genuinely to be having a great time up there. His personal demeanor seemed happy and he was very warm towards the crowd, making eye contact, hand shaking and interacting with the crowd in a very relaxed way.
We were unable to stay after the show to meet Geoff and honestly have never met him, but are hoping to do so on the cruise. While I am not as big of a fan of Geoff’s solo stuff or the later queensryche tunes as I am of Rage for Order, Mind Crime and The Warning, who is? I am still a big fan and really enjoyed Geoff’s show. I will definitely see them again if the opportunity arises and look forward to seeing them on Shiprocked. In the end I give the show an excellent rating and think that if anything good at all can come from the breakup (which I definitely wish had not occurred) it is that I can see Queensryche twice as often now.
You can see the full setlist from the show at The House of Rock on 10/22/12 at this link: