Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime Unveil New Song ‘Miles Away’
The song is a slow build, with more than a minute-and-a-half elapsing before Tate’s distinctive vocals kick in. The mid-tempo track has plenty of atmosphere, with backing vocals adding some depth. It’s fairly laid back, with more urgency towards the end.
Resurrection is the second in a trilogy of concept albums. In a recent interview, Tate talked about the genesis of the records. “I grew up in a time, the ’60s and the ’70s, where a concept record was more prevalent than they are today,” Tate says. “I was very influenced by the progressive rock and metal bands from those times. And I have been thinking about doing a large scale piece for quite a few years and I always thought the trilogy was a good amount; three records that told a story would be kind of an interesting thing to do.”
Tate continues, “I had been kind of wanting to find a subject to really write about and a few years back my wife and I took a holiday to Spain and we hiked the Camino de Santiago, which is a 500 mile trail through northern Spain. It took us about a month to hike it and while I was on the hike I wrote the story. I felt very excited about it and when I got back to Seattle I started writing music to tell the story with and was kind of just on a roll for quite a while, writing the three records.”
One of the tracks on Resurrection features guest vocals from Tim “Ripper” Owens (Dio Disciples, ex-Judas Priest) and Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden). The “Trinity” tour featuring the trio was announced a couple weeks ago, and now a couple more dates have been added to the trek. Check out the complete itinerary below.
Geoff Tate, Ripper Owens + Blaze Bayley Tour Dates
11/18/16 — Rochester, N.Y. — The Montage Music Hall
11/19/16 — Wantagh, N.Y. — Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall
11/20/16 — Sellersville, Pa. — Sellersville Theater
11/22/16 — Syracuse, N.Y. — The Westcott Theater
11/23/16 — Poughkeepsie. N.Y. — The Chance
11/25/16 — Londonderry, N.H. — Tupelo Music Hall
11/26/16 — Annapolis, Md. — Rams Head on Stage
11/27/16 — New York, N.Y. — B.B. King Blues Club
See Geoff Tate in the 12 Greatest High Notes in Rock + Metal