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Queensrÿche Frontman Goes Solo in Pursuit of Grapeness

Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate has just announced through the band’s website that he will be performing three solo shows to promote the release of Insania, a red wine he co-created with the Washington-based Three Rivers Winery.

“Wine has been an important part of my life and the creation of Insania is yet another avenue to express my creativity and give my fans something more they can enjoy. With a limited production, I hope everyone who loves wine will join me in this wonderful new venture," says Tate of his alcohol-infused concoction.

I’ve heard of signature guitars, but signature blends?

According to a press release from Three Rivers, Geoff and the winery have similar tastes when it comes to grapy beverages. "We share this passion for wine and have put together a powerful blend that represents Geoff. We feel so fortunate to be working with such a well-respected artist that is also a friend," says winemaker Holly Turner of the German-born singer.

Geoff’s first show is scheduled to take place at the Three Rivers Winery in Walla Walla, Washington on September 20, 2008. His first engagement without the band in six years, he will perform music from his self-titled solo album, as well as a few Queensrÿche tunes. Rumour has it there will also be some samplings of his latest creation.

Geoff’s Insania Red Wine is currently available for pre-order through the Three Rivers Winery site and will be shipped out in February 2009.

As for the band, they’re not crying over any spilled grapes. Queensrÿche are slated to perform tonight with Geoff in the driver's seat at the South Texas Rock Festival in Boeme, TX and on July 13 at Rocklahoma in Pryor Creek, OK. Visit the progressive metal act's home on the Net for a listing of several other U.S. performances scheduled throughout August.

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