Multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Geoff Tate is best known as the creative and driving force behind the progressive metal band Queensrÿche. Geoff is regarded as one of the most skilled vocalists in the genre with hundreds of modern, popular artists citing him and his band as a major influence. Combining social consciousness and expertly crafted lyrics with high-energy, melodically complex music, Geoff and his band have become internationally recognized as the thinking man's rock band.
The band's first three albums -- their self-titled EP (1983), The Warning (1984) and Rage for Order (1986) -- all hit gold status selling over 500,000 units each. With the release of their landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime (1988) -- which won critical and popular acclaim and comparisons to the Who's Tommy and Pink Floyd's The Wall -- Queensrÿche went on to bring their progressive music to sold-out audiences the world over. Following the album's platinum success, Queensrÿche released Empire, which quickly entered the Top Ten on the Billboard charts, eventually generating sales of more than three million copies. The album featured the hugely popular hit, "Silent Lucidity," which would be the band's first Top Ten single (#9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart).
Queensrÿche would ultimately perform the Grammy nominated song live at the Grammy awards accompanied by a supporting orchestra. In all, the band has been nominated for a Grammy four times and has had their music featured in three feature films. In 2006, the band released Operation: Mindcrime II, a scorching sequel to their original 1988 tale of "Rock, Revenge and Redemption." The band would soon hit the road performing both albums back-to-back in their entirety in an incredible theatrical presentation. The spectacle would be captured on Mindcrime at the Moore, a double CD/DVD release so popular that the DVD would debut at #1 on Billboard's Top Music DVD Chart and eventually reach gold status. Shortly after the release of that set in July of 2007, Queensryche would release another gem titled, Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensryche, that featured 17 career-spanning tracks including seven Top 10 hits with a two-CD deluxe Collector's Edition that added fifteen rare and previously unreleased recordings.
Later that year, the band found themselves on the fall leg of the highly acclaimed Heaven and Hell Tour with the late, great Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice along with other special guest Alice Cooper. Before year's end, the band would release Take Cover, an adventurous 11-song collection of covers ranging from Black Sabbath to Broadway. In March of 2009, Queensrÿche released American Soldier (via Atco/Rhino Records), a concept album inspired by veterans' stories that examines the consequences of war from the soldier's perspective... yet another effort that will solidify the band in rock history.
A truly memorable experience, the band met with, and performed for, troops in both the U.S. and the Middle East. In the year 2010, they carried on their immense creativity by presenting the Queensryche Cabaret, which was heralded as "the first adults only rock show." Last year, the band celebrated their 30th Anniversary in rock by releasing Dedicated to Chaos (Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud) and, once again, toured extensively. Since its inception with Geoff at the helm, the band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and has performed in over 46 countries. They remain world renowned for their innovative, trend-setting sound.
This year, in addition to having performed several shows and major rock festivals with Queensryche, Geoff will be focusing on his solo acoustic dates along with his new solo CD release expected to be out on InsideOut Music in the fall.