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July 30, 2014

Singer Geoff Take says goodbye to Queensryche name

Singer Geoff Tate is saying goodbye to Queensryche.

Tate, who led the progressive metal band to widespread fame in the 1990s, is in the midst of his final Queensryche tour. He performs Thursday night, Aug. 7, at Strummer's.

Notice the emphasis on his.

The tour, which runs through August, will be the last time Tate performs under the Queensryche name — part of a legal agreement settled with the band's other original members in April.

"It puts an exclamation point on all of this," says Tate, whose soaring voice earned him a spot on Hit Parade's list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time with songs like "Silent Lucidity."

The settlement marked the end of a multi-year legal battle that saw the band split into two camps — Tate's version of the group and another that included remaining original members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton.

That band now has sole recording and touring rights to the Queensryche name and catalog. Tate will have exclusive rights to perform the band's popular concept albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety.

"Everything has to come to an end at some point," Tate says.

While his end with Queensryche didn't happen in the way he would have preferred, he understands it's also a new beginning. "I'm good with that," he says.

These final shows will be a band retrospective, with selections from the full catalog, which Tate puts at "150-some-odd songs."

When the tour is over, Tate will begin, in earnest, a career as a solo artist. He'll be collaborating with other musicians, something he's always loved doing.

Already, Tate has written songs for a new record, and he plans to go into the studio after the tour.

Fans can expect the same kind of expansive, epic storytelling Queensryche was known for.

"I like to create concept records. I like to create stories and tell them through music," Tate says. "The only thing that changes is the word … Queensryche."

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Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7,  at Strummer's, 833 E. Fern St. Tickets are $32. Details: (559) 485-5356,


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