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

Kill Devil Hill Debut

The self-titled debut album from KILL DEVIL HILL, with legendary drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, KILL DEVIL HILL), Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) on bass, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) on guitar and Jason “Dewey” Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) on vocals has been tearing up the metal charts.

“Kill Devil Hill” was produced by Warren Riker, (DOWN, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SUBLIME and CATHEDRAL). The KILL DEVIL HILL release will be available in a standard CD edition, an iTunes digital download, and double gatefold LP.

According to Vinny Appice, KILL DEVIL HILL’s sound is “like a cross between BLACK SABBATH, ALICE IN CHAINS and a little bit of LED ZEPPELIN thrown in. It’s heavy, but with a lot of cool hooks and melodic overtones, too.”
(www.blabbermouth.net)