GEOFF TATE’s New Album KINGS & THIEVES is Out Now

KINGS & THIEVES, the inspiring new album from legendary Queensrÿche vocalist GEOFF TATE, is available today via InsideOut Music. After selling over 20 million albums, receiving four Grammy nominations, and releasing fourteen studio albums, TATE has become one of the most respected vocalists of his time. KINGS & THIEVES will be TATE’s second solo album and first solo effort in over a decade. Fans and press alike have fallen in love with GEOFF TATE’s expertly crafted lyrics, unique progressive style and breathtaking vocals. KINGS & THIEVES once again shows why TATE is one of the most influential forces in mainstream rock and metal.

What others are saying about Kings and Thieves:

“It’s an impressive, intense, and infectious rock record that’s as visceral as it is vulnerable. Those legendary pipes of his also resound with heavenly angst. This is Tate at his rawest and most real. In other words, it’s a new classic…” – ArtistDirect.com

“An amalgam of classic heavy riffing, elements of modern metal and a great-sounding production that fans of heavy rock ought to find very satisfying.” – UltimateClassicRock.com

“Kings & Thieves is as classy as it is sharp and pointed. Queensrÿche fans should love it – dare I say, as much as some Queensrÿche material.” – PowerlineMag.com

If you did not see it before check out our pix and interview with Geoff in Pittsburgh here!

Kings and Thieves: The Geoff Tate Interview 10.24.12

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Being an unabashed Queensryche fan since the 80’s, I have had the pleasure of seeing them perform in this city many times. The first time I caught ‘The Rhyce’ was at Mancini’s (now Club Erotica) in McKees Rocks. It did not take too many years for them to play the Civic Arena and First Pavilion with their monster hit of ‘Operation Mindcrime’ and the mega hit of ‘Empire’ when you could not go anywhere without hearing ‘Silent Lucidity’ or ‘Jet City Woman’. If you would have told me then that one day Geoff Tate would call me to firm up a time for an interview, I would have said you were dreaming. Twenty some odd years later and just that happened…

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Geoff is overly gracious, intelligent, thoughtful, and humble. The interview was really insightful to where Geoff is at now, where he has been, and where he is going. His performance that evening was spot on in only the way a legend of a singer should be. On his solo tour for Kings and Thieves, Geoff sort of carries on where his last solo effort leaves off with a wide berth of musical genres. Do not expect a carbon copy of the signature prog-metal sound that Queensrhyce was so known for producing. This is a sound that is rawer, more experimental, and more of where Tate is at right now. But do not fret if that does not sound like your cup of tea, Geoff promises to be back with an All Star Queensryche with ex-members of Ratt, Megadeth, and Quiet Riot.

Geoff signing Alan’s copy of Operation Mindcrime
PMM’s Alan talking with Geoff Tate on his tour bus

GEOFF TATE Premieres New Song, “Take A Bullet” /In Pittsburgh 10/24

GEOFF TATE has teamed up with UltimateClassicRock.com for the exclusive, worldwide premiere of his new track, “Take A Bullet.” This is the second song to be released from his upcoming solo album, KINGS & THIEVES, due out on November 6, 2012 on InsideOut Music. Internationally recognized as the acclaimed voice of Queensryche, GEOFF TATE is one of the most respected vocalists in the history of hard rock and metal, having sold over 20 million records and earned four Grammy nominations.

The song “Take A Bullet” can be heard on UltimateClassicRock.com, here:
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/geoff-tate-take-a-bullet-song-premiere/

GEOFF TATE recently released a lyric video for “Dark Money,” another new song off the upcoming release, KINGS & THIEVES. The captivating video for the socially-charged single can be seen here:

Both “Dark Money” and “Take A Bullet” are now available on iTunes, and can be purchased here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dark-money-take-bullet-single/id570366858

Beginning tomorrow, GEOFF TATE will head out on a two-month tour in support of KINGS & THIEVES, including a two-week Canadian run with metal legend ALICE COOPER. More shows are constantly being added, and a list of currently confirmed dates can be seen below. Exclusive pre-order packages for the new album are now available via CM Distro and include a copy of KINGS & THIEVES, an autographed CD booklet and an exclusive t-shirt.

Tour Dates:
10/17/12 – Newton, NJ @ Newton Theatre
10/18/12 – New York, NY @ The Jewel – Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series
10/19/12 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
10/20/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/21/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ JC’s Washington House
10/22/12 – White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock
10/23/12 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/24/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
10/25/12 – Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
10/26/12 – Amityville, NY @ Ollie’s
10/27/12 – Chesterfield, MI @ New York New York
10/28/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House
10/29/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House
10/31/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/01/12 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
11/02/12 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
11/03/12 – Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgater’s Grill
11/04/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Lights
11/07/12 – Calgary, AB, Canada @ Southern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/08/12 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ TCU Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/09/12 – Moose Jaw, SK, Canada @ Mosaic Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/11/12 – Medicine Hat, AB, Canada @ Medicine Hat Arena (*with Alice Cooper)
11/13/12 – Dawson Creek, BC, Canada @ Encana Events Centre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/14/12 – Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Northern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/16/12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/21/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11/23/12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/24/12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/27/12 to 12/1/12 – Shiprocked
12/04/12 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
12/05/12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
12/07/12 – Destin, FL @ Club L.A.
12/08/12 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre
12/09/12 – Sunrise, FL @ Markham Park

For more information of GEOFF TATE, visit:
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GEOFF TATE Releases Lyric Video for New Song, “Dark Money”

GEOFF TATE has unveiled the lyric video for his new song “Dark Money.” The politically-charged track is the first to be revealed from TATE’s upcoming solo album KINGS & THIEVES, due out November 6, 2012 on InsideOut Music. Internationally recognized as the acclaimed voice of Queensryche, GEOFF TATE is one of the most respected vocalists in the history of hard rock and metal, having sold over 20 million records and received four Grammy nominations.

GEOFF TATE will head out this month on a two-month tour in support of KINGS & THIEVES, including a two week Canadian run with metal legend ALICE COOPER. More shows are constantly being added and a list of currently confirmed dates can be seen below. Exclusive pre-order packages for the new album are now available via CM Distro and include a copy of KINGS & THIEVES, an autographed CD booklet and an exclusive t-shirt.

Geoff Tate is in Pittsburgh 10/24 at The Rex Theater in SouthSide and PMM will be there for the show and an exclusive interview with Mr. Tate…

Tour Dates:
10/17/12 – Newton, NJ @ Newton Theatre
10/18/12 – New York, NY @ The Jewel – Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series
10/19/12 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
10/20/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/21/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ JC’s Washington House
10/23/12 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/24/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
10/25/12 – Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
10/26/12 – Amityville, NY @ Ollie’s
10/27/12 – Chesterfield, MI @ New York New York
10/28/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House
10/29/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House
10/31/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/01/12 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
11/02/12 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
11/03/12 – Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgater’s Grill
11/07/12 – Calgary, AB, Canada @ Southern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/08/12 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ TCU Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/09/12 – Moose Jaw, SK, Canada @ Mosaic Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/11/12 – Medicine Hat, AB, Canada @ Medicine Hat Arena (*with Alice Cooper)
11/13/12 – Dawson Creek, BC, Canada @ Encana Events Centre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/14/12 – Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Northern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/16/12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/21/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11/23/12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/24/12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/27/12 to 12/1/12 – Shiprocked

www.geofftate.com
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Geoff Tate (founding member of Queensryche) To Perform in Pittsburgh 10/24/12 Rex Theater

There has been a ton of buzz and controversy as of late surrounding the implosion of Queensryche and the departure of lead singer and founding member, Geoff Tate. Not one to sit around, Geoff is due to release his new solo effort next month and will be touring to support. Tate will land in Pittsburgh on October 24 at the highly cool Southside Rex Theater. One of the most legendary and amazing voices of rock history, Geoff is an amazing performer and will certainly put on one hell of a show. It will be great to see him in such a close and personal atmosphere and Pittsburgh Music Mag will be there for the show and to interview Geoff. We will also be reviewing his new record before the release date and the show. Below is a recent press release regarding Geoff’s new effort Kings and Thieves:

The world has changed a lot in the decade since Geoff Tate’s self-titled solo debut in 2002, and nowhere is that more evident than on Kings & Thieves. Only the second solo album of a legendary career that spans four decades, the album is a journey into the mind of one of rock’s most dynamic vocalists – and like every good journey, there is plenty to make us take notice along the way.

“I wanted to rock,” says the Queensryche frontman quite pointedly about his debut album for InsideOut Music. “My first solo album was more introspective, and the goal was to show my influences that weren’t as obvious on Operation: Mindcrime. Having done that, I didn’t feel l needed to do it again – my goal with this record was to make a solid rock album. I wanted it to be an album that I could play live that would be both satisfying and fun, because, as a singer, you need to create a show that has a lot of dynamics to it and takes people on a ride. I’m always thinking about the show, and there need to be peaks and valleys, not just a steady line.”

Those peaks and valleys are plentiful on Kings & Thieves, “Take A Bullet” unfurling like a rifle shot of retribution, “In The Dirt” embracing the blues with a sexy swagger that rocks as hard as it rolls, and “Evil” escalating with a haunting urgency that pleas with us all to save our souls as Tate’s trademark lyrical twists transport us through the 11-tracks. Starting with the opening narrative of “She Slipped Away” – part two of a trilogy that started with the Queensryche track “Drive” – the album mutates from interpersonal and sexually brazen, to political and socially conscious. From hard and heavy to sexy and sultry, it’s everything fans have come to expect from the frontman, delivered with a heightened sense of purpose.

“Like it always is, the inspiration is life,” says Tate. “You write about what interests you, what affects you, and incidents that come up that you have to deal with… It’s how we put that in a new, interesting package that’s the trick.” While there are moments that leave us exploring new depths and ideas – from the storied turn in the opening track, to the burning passion of “Say U Luv It” – there is also a lot of Tate’s familiar insight throughout Kings & Thieves.

With America in the midst of one of the most expensive presidential elections in the country’s history, “Dark Money” hits particularly hard, and also gave the album its name (“Kings & Thieves” was the track’s working title). “I think, generally, people in the United States – and all over the world – are getting upset with how big the class difference is between the rich and the rest of us. It’s such a drastic difference – people are counting their pennies and losing their homes, while others are multi-millionaires and giving their money to political action groups. I’m not really a political person, but I am interested in social commentary and what happens to people because of politics, and ‘Dark Money’ is about how things that are important to everyday people, politicians look to as little more than pawns in a chess game.”

There’s a light piercing through the dark, and it manifests itself in the infectious rocker “These Glory Days.” “It’s got a gospel feel to it, and a chord progression that inspires hope. I think the time we live in now is fascinating, to watch things unfold and see how information technology has advanced so quickly, opinions form, and those opinions create change – it doesn’t take as long for an idea to gestate, and that’s fantastic. That’s making us, as a race of people, move in a direction a lot different than our parents and grandparents. It’s a fascinating time, and these are glorious days that we have the ability and power to shape.”

“Praise the God of all, drink the wine, and let the world be the world…” sings Tate in “These Glory Days,” lifting the line from an age-old French proverb and sharing a sentiment that binds the album. There is a lot to the world that we can’t change, and there is a lot that we can – the magic is in finding our place, interpreting our role, and letting the world be the world… with music as the soundtrack.

“I wanted the record to have a groove to it, a feeling that it connects with you physically, rather than just connecting with your logic or analytical thinking. I wanted it to be a record that you feel and makes you want to move. I wanted to do something with my name on it, something that is a reflection of just me. The beauty of a solo album is that there aren’t any expectations,” sums Geoff Tate of Kings & Thieves. “A solo album can be its own thing and doesn’t have to live up to some success you had 30 years ago, and that can be free and liberating.”