The progressive metal band Queensryche is announcing it has signed with Rhino Records. Rhino is scheduled to release 'Operation:mindcrime II' in January 2006. This is the eagerly awaited sequel to Queensryche's groundbreaking 1988 concept album 'Operation:mindcrime.' "We found Rhino and they found us. Several labels were interested in signing Queensryche, but we went with Rhino because our good friend Kenny Nemes is an executive there. He worked with us on our 'Greatest Hits' album for EMI. Kenny is a very creative guy," says vocalist Geoff Tate. "We are utterly confident that Rhino will do what it takes to make as many people aware of 'Operation:mindcrime II' as possible. Rhino has an exciting team of people who are really into it. They already have a ton of different, innovative promotional ideas in mind and so do we, so it's a great fit." The public's appetite for 'Operation:mindcrime II' was whetted with Queensryche's recent sold-out tour during which 'Operation:mindcrime' was performed live in its entirety for the first time in 15 years. Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, guitarist Mike Stone, bass guitarist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield are picking up the provocative tale of 'Operation:mindcrime.' It's best known songs include "Revolution Calling," "I Don't Believe In Love" and "Eyes Of A Stranger." The album's intriguing plot involves Nikki, a young man from the streets who is brainwashed and turned into a drug-addicted assassin by a shadowy, evil, anarchy movement led by Dr. X. Nikki's lover, Mary, a teen-age runaway who became a prostitute and then a nun, is murdered. 'Operation:mindcrime' was left open-ended with a central, heart-pounding cliffhanger: Who killed Sister Mary? 'Operation:mindcrime II' will address that question, as well as Nikki's fate. "'Operation:mindcrime II' is about revenge and what it does to people -- their emotions and the situations they find themselves in," says Tate, who conceived the sequel's direction last year while working on a screenplay based on the original album. "The character of Nikki has now been in prison for 18 years. I thought, 'What would I do?' I'd be analyzing every move I ever made, especially the wrong ones. I'd want to get the guy who put me there. Nikki's revenge is about getting out, getting him and getting even." Current Fall Tour Dates Include: Tuesday, September 13th Victoria, BC Royal Theater Wednesday, September 14th Vancouver, BC Vancouver PAC Friday, September 16th Boise, ID Big Easy Saturday, September 17th Spokane, WA Big Easy Tuesday, September 20th Edmonton, AL Red's Ent. Center Wednesday, September 21st Calgary, AL MacEwan Hall Thursday, September 22nd Saskatoon, SAS Credit Union Center Friday, September 23rd Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Saturday, September 24th St. Paul, MN Myth Sunday, September 25th Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom Wednesday, September 28th Columbus, OH Promo-West Thursday, September 29th Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium Friday, September 30th Louisville, KY Palace Theater Saturday, October 1st Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Sunday, October 2nd Toledo, OH Stranahan Theater Tuesday, October 4th Greensburg, PA Palace Theater Wednesday, October 5th Reading, PA Sovereign PAC Thursday, October 6th New Brunswick, NJ State Theater Friday, October 7th Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center Saturday, October 8th Portland, ME State Theater Tuesday, October 11th Cleveland, OH House of Blues Wednesday, October 12th Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theater Thursday, October 13th N. Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues Friday, October 14th Orlando, FL House of Blues Saturday, October 15th Ft. Meyers, FL Barbara B. Mann
Queensryche have signed with Rhino Records. The label will release the band's next album tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". The album is said to be out by January of next year.
Check out two new Queensryche songs that the band have been playing live in bootleg quality at this location. The songs are "Hostage" and "I'm American" and will be on the band's next full length "Operation: Mindcrime II".
Queensryche's frontman Geoff Tate spoke to Spokane's Rock 94.5 about the band's sequel to 1988's "Operation: Mindcrime", you can hear the interview at this location.
According to the official DIO website, vocalist Ronie James Dio will reprise his role as Dr. X from QUEENSRŸCHE's Operation: Mindcrime II album on the live stage on October 5th at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, CA. Dio has issued the following statement: "I've been asked to reprise my performance as Dr. X on the Operation Mindcrime II in a live venue. It worked out where I was able to do it for this show, and it should be quite a treat."