Walking into this show last night (March 3, 2016), I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and from what I overheard while waiting for the show to start I could tell that there were others feeling the same way. Some people were thinking they were going to play only Operation: Mindcrime songs- meaning Queensrÿche’s 1988 and 2006 releases, and others thought we would be hearing mostly songs off the bands first album The Key which came out in September.
However, once the show started I was blown away. I really liked the venue and although it was fairly small the energy it held was not. The bands energy was very high; all of the members who were able to move around freely took every opportunity to move around the stage and interact with the fans. The energy of the crowd matched the energy on stage- everyone around me knew every word to every song they played and no one was afraid to scream the lyrics at the top of their lungs, either.
I was beyond impressed with Geoff Tate’s vocal ability as it has remained impeccable after all these years. I was also very impressed with the band- I got to meet them after the show and they are not only great musicians but they are great guys, as well. All very nice, laid back and gracious that we were at the show. The set lasted about two hours, and they played a combination of Queensrÿche and Operation: Mindcrime which was nice. We got to hear classics like “I Don’t Believe In Love”, “Walk in the Shadows” and “Eyes of a Stranger” which sounded like they were right off the record. They surprised the crowd when they brought out acoustic instruments not just for Silent Lucidity, but played “Jet City Woman” and “Take Hold of the Flame” acoustically too. Honestly, I thought it was cool to hear those songs with a twist, but there were also people in the crowd who wanted to be able to scream “take, hold” during “Take Hold of the Flame” and not feel like they were interrupting the song. In my opinion, I felt the acoustic twist put on classic Queensrÿche songs was a nice touch, and a quick break from the hard hitting and ear piercing music they had been playing.
The band played some songs from their debut album The Key that was released on September 18th which was great for two reasons. One, because it allowed people who were fans of the album to be able to hear their favorite songs live- and two, because it exposed Operation: Mindcrime’s music to those who weren’t too familiar with it. They played, from what I remember, about three or four songs off the album, two being my favorites: “Reinventing the Future” and “The Fall”.
The lineup consists of Geoff Tate on vocals, Kelly Gray and Scott Moughton on guitar, Tim Fernley on bass, Simon Wright on the drums and Randy Gane on keys.
Overall the show was great, and I would definitely go see it again. By going to the Operation: Mindcrime website you can see if they’re coming to a city near you, read about the band and check out their album The Key. Make sure to like them on Facebook so you can keep up with all things Operation: Mindcrime.