Multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Geoff Tate is bestknown as the creative and driving force behind the progressive metal bandQueensrÿche. Geoff is regarded as one of the most skilled vocalists in thegenre with hundreds of modern, popular artists citing him and his band as amajor influence. Combining social consciousness and expertly crafted lyrics withhigh-energy, melodically complex music, Geoff and his band have becomeinternationally recognized as the thinking man’s rock band. The band’s first threealbums — 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 oftheir landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime (1988) — which won criticaland popular acclaim and comparisons to the Who’s Tommy and Pink Floyd’s TheWall — Queensrÿche went on to bring their progressive music to sold-outaudiences the world over. Following the album’s platinum success,Queensrÿche released Empire, which quickly entered the Top Ten on theBillboard charts, eventually generating sales of more than three million copies.The album featured the hugely popular hit, “Silent Lucidity,” which would be theband’s first Top Ten single (#9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on theBillboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart). Queensrÿche would ultimatelyperform the Grammy nominated song live at the Grammy awards accompaniedby a supporting orchestra. In all, the band has been nominated for a Grammyfour times and has had their music featured in three feature films. In 2006, theband released Operation: Mindcrime II, a scorching sequel to their original 1988tale of “Rock, Revenge and Redemption.” The band would soon hit the roadperforming both albums back-to-back in their entirety in an incredible theatricalpresentation. The spectacle would be captured on Mindcrime at the Moore, adouble CD/DVD release so popular that the DVD would debut at #1 onBillboard’s Top Music DVD Chart and eventually reach gold status. Shortly afterthe release of that set in July of 2007, Queensryche would release another gemtitled, Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensryche, that featured 17 careerspanningtracks including seven Top 10 hits with a two-CD deluxe Collector’sEdition that added fifteen rare and previously unreleased recordings. Later thatyear, the band found themselves on the fall leg of the highly acclaimed Heavenand Hell Tour with the late, great Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butlerand 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 coversranging from Black Sabbath to Broadway. In March of 2009, Queensrÿchereleased American Soldier (via Atco/Rhino Records), a concept album inspiredby veterans’ stories that examines the consequences of war from the soldier’sperspective… yet another effort that will solidify the band in rock history. A trulymemorable experience, the band met with, and performed for, troops in both theU.S. and the Middle East. In the year 2010, they carried on their immensecreativity by presenting the Queensryche Cabaret, which was heralded as “thefirst adults only rock show.” Last year, the band celebrated their 30th Anniversaryin 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 inover 46 countries. They remain world renowned for their innovative, trend-settingsound. This year, in addition to having performed several shows and major rockfestivals with Queensryche, Geoff will be focusing on his solo acoustic datesalong with his new solo CD release expected to be out on InsideOut Music in thefall.