During the 80’s hair metal was king and its kingdom was the Sunset Strip of Hollywood. Clubs like The Roxy, The Whiskey and The Rainbow were the playgrounds for some of LA’s biggest glam metal bands. Not all the glam bands were residents of Hollywood and the Sunset Strip; Queensryche called Seattle home but were still a big part of the hairband explosion of the 80s. Which brings us to today. Geoff Tate, now split from Queensryche, is still touring and making music. He brought his band Operation Mindcrime to The Whiskey in Hollywood on July 28, 2017.
Tate made it a family affair as his daughter Emily Tate and her band Till Death Do Us Part opened the show. Her vocal style is very similar sounding to her dad’s but that is where the similarities end. The music has more of a mellow sound to it but Emily’s voice was amazing. Next up was the rocking trio Kicking Harold. These guys were straight up rock and roll and sounded great. Their set included a killer cover of Rush’s “Working Man.” Kicking Harold was followed by The Hard Way. These guys are straight out of Hollywood and along with their go-go dancers they rocked the stage.
After the opening bands, Tate and his band hit the stage. They opened with “Neue Regel” and continued with “Screaming in Digital”, both from 1986’s Rage for Order. Tate and the band then blazed through “I am I” and “One More Time”, both from 1994’s Promised Land album. Tate then got the crowd screaming when he sang Operation: Mindcrime’s “I don’t Believe in Love.” During the almost two-hour set, Tate told stories in between songs, recounting the inspiration behind the songs and stories of how fans were inspired by the songs. Tate did sing two songs from his current band Operation Mindcrime. They were “Re-Inventing the Future” and “The Flight” but the majority of the night was spent singing some of Queensryche’s favorites. The crowd became extra excited when Tate sang “Silent Lucidity” as well as “Jet City Women.” Three songs I was excited to hear and see live were “Walk in the Shadows,” “Eyes of a Stranger” and, of course, my favorite Queensryche song “I Don’t Believe in Love.” Tate and the boys finished off the set with “Empire.”
The band sounded super tight and Tate’s voice has not lost a step since he originally sang these songs.
Overall, I could not have been happier to see one of the 80’s premiere vocalists singing in one of the 80’s premiere venues. So many of the great vocalists of the 80‘s have either ruined their voices with smoking and alcohol or have left us all together. Geoff Tate has done neither and by the sound of his voice, he will be making music and entertaining live audiences for years to come.