Video footage of OPERATION: MINDCRIME, the new band led by former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate, performing on February 4 at The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, California can be seen below (courtesy of Heavy Metal Hill).
“The Key”, the first album of an ambitious trilogy from OPERATION: MINDCRIME, sold around 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available on September 18 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Joining Tate on “The Key” are a hard-hitting cast of familiar faces and new collaborators: bass players David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and John Moyer (DISTURBED, ADRENALINE MOB), drummers Simon Wright (AC/DC), Scott Mercado (CANDLEBOX) and Brian Tichy (BILLY IDOL, OZZY OSBOURNE), guitarists Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE) and Scott Moughton (Geoff Tate’s solo band), keyboardist Randy Gane (MYTH) and vocalist Mark Daly (THE VOODOOS).
Asked if the touring lineup of OPERATION: MINDCRIME will be the same as the one that recorded the bulk of “The Key”, Tate told Myglobalmind: “Well, I hope so. Everybody that was involved with the recording has expressed interest in touring. It’s just a matter of if it works into everybody’s schedule.”
He continued: “I wanted this project to be open; meaning that people could be part of it, and or they could continue working with other projects that they were working with. I didn’t really want to limit anybody’s creative involvement with something that they felt strongly about, and I didn’t want the same limitations on myself either. So we all agreed that we would all try very hard to be part of the touring project if at all possible, and so you’ll see some combination of the people that were on this record on the tour.”