Former Queensrÿche lead vocalist Geoff Tate was recently interviewed by Eonmusic and spoke about some of the band’s best known records such as “Operation: Mindcrime” (1988), “Empire” (1990) and “The Promised Land” (1994).
In terms of whether Tate has any plans to commemorate the 30th year anniversary of the release of Empire, Tate advised:
I sure do. I’m looking forward to that. That’s one of my favorite albums, and I’m looking forward to playing that.
In regard to whether he’d do a full album performance, Tate stated:
I think I would. I’d like to play every song because there are songs on that album that I have played very rarely. I think I’ve played every song on the album, but I think there are some I’ve played maybe ten times on my life, and one of them is “Anybody Listening?”. When Queensrÿche was together, we never really put that song in our set. We just had a hard time playing it, for some reasons; it just never jelled or felt right. And I ‘d really like to play that song again, and play it right.
With respect to any plans for an expanded 30th anniversary release of Empire, Tate indicated:
Yeah, there is. There’s a box set thing coming out for that. I’m kind of in the process of working with them on it right now. I can say from my perspective looking it, it’s going to be a phenomenal box set, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m contributing all kinds of stuff; from interviews to comments to liner notes, yeah, you name it.
Tate remained silent however on the contents of the expanded 30th anniversary release as he advised:
I know exactly what it’s going to be, but I can’t tell you exactly right now – it’s too early!