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Venue/Date: Moore Theatre (Seattle, WA)
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October 5th, 2004
Reviewer: aceshooter

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World tour opener hits high notes from the past

By Patrick MacDonald
Seattle Times music critic

Geoff Tate is the most melodramatic lead singer in rock. More than 20 years into Queensryche's history, he's still unmatched as a belter, with a controlled scream that can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Tuesday night at the Moore, in the first of two sold-out shows there (the second was last night), Tate was in his element, especially in the second half of the program, when the Bellevue-based band played its entire 1988 concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime." Not only did it include some of his most wrenching and emotional vocalizing, he also got to show some acting skills.

The elaborate production of the paranoid tale of brainwashing and murder in a fascist, futuristic America was fleshed out with a couple of actors, a string section recruited from the Seattle Symphony ("Anyone who knows us knows we're very influenced by classical music," Tate said), Seattle singer Pamela Moore, keyboardist Michael Igor Delassandra, animation, film clips and photo montages on several video screens, as well as lots of enthusiastic audience participation.

As Tate pointed out several times, in his erudite, almost professorial manner, it was not only a hometown crowd but also the opening of a world tour, so the excitement level was palpable. The crowd on the main floor stood throughout both halves of the show, and so did some in the two balconies.

The first part of the show emphasized Queensryche's greatest hits, most of them from its heyday in the 1980s, when it was a top heavy-metal band that played major arenas worldwide. It also included a few newer songs, highlighted by "Open," about keeping an open mind.
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