Queensryche Acts Out "Operation: Mindcrime" I & II On Stage
Ttravis Hay of the Seattle P-I reports: It was heavy-metal masterpiece theater Friday night at the Moore Theatre when hometown rockers Queensryche performed, emphasis on performed, its concept records "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entireties.
The emphasis is on performed, because the records were literally acted out by singer Geoff Tate and a crew of about a half-dozen actors, while the band played the music. It was a move that could have easily turned into something straight out of Spinal Tap's book, but it was executed surprisingly well, taking the unintentional comedy out of the equation.
It was tough to consider the show a concert, given the theatrical approach taken by the band. The performance felt like more like an off-Broadway play done heavy-metal style.
The records tell the story of a heroin addict named Nikki who is under the control of the evil Dr. X, who manipulates Nikki to commit a series of murders. Nikki falls in love with a nun named Mary, whose murder he is framed for.
He is sent to prison at the end of the first "Mindcrime" and the second record, released this year, picks up 18 years later where he exacts revenge on Dr. X and eventually is reunited with Mary in the afterlife.
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