Sixteen years after the release of "Operation: Mindcrime," Queensryche is writing the next chapter to the 1988 concept album that broke the progressive rock band into the mainstream.
Sixteen years after the release of "Operation: Mindcrime," Queensryche is writing the next chapter to the 1988 concept album that broke the progressive rock band into the mainstream. Tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II," the set is due next year via Sanctuary.
To prime audiences for the event, Queensryche will perform the original "Mindcrime" in its entirety on its upcoming tour, which kicks off Oct. 5 in Seattle and will be presented by VH1 Classic. The finale will be a live preview of material from "Mindcrime II."
Cinematic videos that were shot for "Mindcrime" singles such as "Eyes of a Stranger" and "I Don't Believe in Love" sparked fan demand for a movie to be made of the album. The clips were utilized when Queensryche performed the album in its entirety on a 1990-91 world tour.
On this tour, the album will be recreated in full with enhanced production, including new and expanded video footage. Onstage and off, live actors will help tell the story of Nikki, a street junkie turned into an assassin by an anarchist movement.
Vocalist Pamela Moore, who toured with Queensryche recently, will again provide the vocals of Sister Mary, a tragic nun with a haunting past of her own. Moore provided this character's vocals on the first "Mindcrime" album.
The show will open with a "greatest hits" set and will feature accompaniment from local orchestra string sections in select cities. Michael Igor Delassandra, formerly an official composer for the Vatican, will accompany Queensryche on keyboards.
"The band is so excited to be performing 'Operation: Mindcrime' in its entirety again after not having done this in 15 years," lead vocalist Geoff Tate says. "We are presenting it in a whole new way that finally does justice the intricacies of the story and the personalities of the characters."
Following the fall tour, another run of dates is scheduled to begin in January 2005.
Here are Queensryche's tour dates:
Oct. 5-6: Seattle (Moore Theater)
Oct. 7: Vancouver (Commodore)
Oct. 8: Portland, Ore. (Schnitzer)
Oct. 9: Spokane, Wash. (Big Easy)
Oct. 10: Boise, Idaho (Big Easy)
Oct. 12: Denver (Fillmore)
Oct. 13: Albuquerque, N.M. (Kiva Auditorium)
Oct. 15: Dallas (Nokia Live)
Oct. 16: San Antonio, Texas (Sunset Station)
Oct. 17: Austin, Texas (La Zona Rosa)
Oct. 18: Houston (Verizon Theater)
Oct. 19: New Orleans (House of Blues)
Oct. 21: Jacksonville, Fla. (Florida Theater)
Oct. 22: Pompano Beach, Fla. (Pompano Beach Amphitheater)
Oct. 23: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
Oct. 24: Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
Oct. 26: Tallahassee, Fla. (The Moon)
Oct. 27: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
Oct. 29: Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House of Blues)