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Into The Pit: Geoff Tate

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For the third time in 16 months -- and second occasion in nearly five months at the Aztec Theatre -- Geoff Tate brought his version of Queensryche to San Antonio on Wednesday night. But this time marked the final one in which the voice of Queensryche would be using the Q-word in association with his name while playing in Texas.

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Shortly after a recent out-of-court settlement with his former bandmates, who fired him in the summer of 2012 after 30 years together, Tate decided his band will be known as Operation: Mindcrime once this tour concludes.

Wednesday's visit also marked the first time since the 30th anniversary gig in September 2011 that Tate and the SAMME sat down to not only renew acquaintances, but more importantly, discuss his past, present and ambitious-sounding future. Click on the video box to the left to watch our fourth interview overall, click on the slideshow at top left for a gallery from the concert, and stay tuned for another slideshow with a breakdown of the performance.

For further SAMME coverage of Tate and Queensryche, click on the "Suggested" links in blue below.

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