Come November, heavy metal fans in at least eight East Coast cities will be in for a night full of hell-raising fun as three of the genre’s finest vocalists — Geoff Tate, Tim “Ripper” Owens and Blaze Bayley — will be performing the hits from their respective bands on stage together for what is hoped to be just the beginning of several dates over the next few months.
Geoff Tate, whose OPERATION: MINDCRIME will release their second CD in September, titled “Resurrection”, states that the collaboration between the three singers first came about while recently in the studio. “We were recording a song together that will appear on the new OPERATION: MINDCRIME album called ‘Taking On The World’ and immediately realized just how much fun it would be if we went out and did a couple of dates together,” he says. “We want to give fans a great selection of hits and rarities along with songs we just enjoy performing… and the ‘Trinity’ tour was born!”
The three vocalists will be backed by the same group of excellent musicians throughout the evening in a show that promises to be loaded with memorable metal for the music masses to enjoy.
Fans can expect to hear such songs as “Empire”, “I Don’t Believe In Love”, “Eyes Of A Stranger”, “Living After Midnight”, “Breaking The Law”, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”, “Burn In Hell”, “Man On The Edge”, “The Number Of The Beast” and “Run To The Hills”, among others.
During his illustrious career, Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of QUEENSRŸCHE, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way. The landmark concept album “Operation: Mindcrime” thrust Tate‘s unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by “Empire” in 1990, the album that delivered QUEENSRŸCHE to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples “Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman”. By the time the band released “Promised Land” in 1994, Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music. In September of 2015, his new band, OPERATION: MINDCRIME released its debut effort, titled “The Key”, which examined what one might do if they discovered “the key” to changing the way we view the world, the way we look at time, the way we travel and could essentially change the human condition… for better or for release. The band successfully toured for months in support of the project and looks forward to their forthcoming release, “Resurrection”, this September.
Owens first gained worldwide attention and acclaim when he joined JUDAS PRIEST as their lead singer in 1996. During his stint with PRIEST, he recorded two studio albums and two live albums. The song “Bullet Train” — which featured his incredible vocals — was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1999 in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” He subsequently went on to join ICED EARTH and has performed with such bands as BEYOND FEAR, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’S RISING FORCE and CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED.
Bayley joined IRON MAIDEN in 1993 after the departure of Bruce Dickinson and remained the band’s singer until Dickinson‘s return in 1999. Bayley, who had started his career in the mid-’80s as the vocalist of WOLFSBANE, recorded two albums with IRON MAIDEN before starting his own band, BLAZE. In May of 2000, the band would release their debut album, titled “Silicon Messiah”, and would go on to put out two other albums. In more recent years, he’s concentrated on solo projects.
“Trinity” tour dates:
Nov. 18 – Rochester, NY – The Montage Music Hall
Nov. 19 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s Pub And Concert Hall
Nov. 20 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
Nov. 22 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater
Nov. 23 – Poughkeepsie. NY – The Chance
Nov. 25 – Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
Nov. 26 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head on Stage
Nov. 27 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club