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Queensryche Frontman Speaks On 2008 U.K. Tour

Seattle-based prog-metal icons QUEENSRŸCHE recently confirmed a UK headlining tour for June of 2008. The dates are as follows:

13 - Glasgow, UK - Academy
14 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
15 - Leeds, UK - University
17 - Manchester, UK - Academy
18 - Wolves, UK - Civic Hall
20 - Norwich, UK - UEA
21 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
22 - London, UK - Indigo
24 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
25 - Southampton, UK - Guildhall

The band will perform the entirety of their Operation: Mindcrime I and II albums for the very first time in the UK via the tour. This epic theatrical prog metal extravaganza will take in 3 hours, and will include an intermission, and in addition to the core members of the band, will feature actors re-enacting the storyline behind both of these compelling albums.

Says frontman Geoff Tate: “This is the most extensive stage show we have ever put together. Working with the actors and creating the different scenes helped us to really tell the story. Between ritualistic execution, working prostitutes, motorcycle crashes and everything in between, we are able to really draw the audience in to the story.”

In 2006 the band performed the entirety of both albums on a tour of North America to sell out audiences. The marathon show included a full over-the-top, theatrical production complete with surround sound, video imagery and actors portraying the concept albums’ characters onstage, as they were originally intended.

In the grand tradition of all captivating theatrical rock extravaganzas (THE WHO’s Tommy, and PINK FLOYD’s The Wall), Queensrÿche’s Operation: mindcrime I and II, is not just a typical rock’n’roll concert. Combined with the core members of the band, the production is a totally explosive and highly absorbing theatrical rock experience with actors re-enacting the storylines from both albums.

Source: BW&BK

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