It is said there is a fine line between love and hate. That line seems to be more of a gorge the size of the Grand Canyon when it comes to Queensrÿche and the band’s lead singer Geoff Tate. For those that think of Tate as one of rock and roll’s premier vocalists rather than the root of all evil, they should catch Queensrÿche featuring Geoff Tate when they return to the Grand Canyon State this Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.
Last year when Queensrÿche guitarist Michael Wilton, bass player Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield decided they no longer wished to continue with singer Geoff Tate, two versions of Queensrÿche emerged. Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield continued touring with their version of Queensrÿche with new singer Todd La Torre.
Tate regrouped and formed another rendition of Queensrÿche with bassist, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Dio/Whitesnake/Quiet Riot/Blue Öyster Cult), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche 1998 - 2001), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth), guitarist Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Hurricane) and drummer Simon Wright(AC/DC /Dio/Rhino Bucket). Both forms of Queensrÿche released albums in 2013 and both have played in the Phoenix area within the last nine months.
Back in April, 2013, Queensrÿche featuring Geoff Tate came to Tempe at the start of a nationwide tour and played the iconic Queensrÿche album “Operation Mindcrime,” in its entirety. Now the same Queensrÿche lineup returns to Phoenix as the last stop on a quick, six night, California and Arizona tour. The performances on this tour will focus on Queensrÿche’s greatest hits from all their albums.
Included will be songs from Queensrÿche’s latest release “Frequency Unknown.” So widely divided were the reviews regarding “Frequency Unknown,” that Cleopatra Records, the company that released “Frequency Unknown,” ran a contest to find the best video rant as to why someone hated the album.
Even Tate recognizes that no matter how hard he tries, he can’t satisfy every Queensrÿche fan. As Tate admitted in our interview earlier this year, “a lot of people come to the shows and they have different ways of experiencing a live show. Some people come incredibly familiar with a song and they are disappointed if you don’t play it like the record. Other people come and they’re very open to improvisation and wanting to see what this particular musician can do with the material. As an artist you never really know if you’re pleasing people or not.”
For the chance to cheer or jeer Queensrÿche with Geoff Tate up close and personal, tickets are available at the Celebrity Theatre box office, by phone at (602) 267-1600, ext. 1 or online at www.celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com. Seats are priced at $35.00 and $25.00 plus surcharge. Information can also be obtained through Danny Zelisko Presents website. The Celebrity Theatre is located just south of the 202 freeway, at 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix.