Geoff Tate | 03.24.17

His voice is sublime, heavily laden with vibrato and seemingly timeless.

Old Rock House, St. Louis

After more 35 years fronting the legendary heavy metal band Queensrÿche, Geoff Tate still possesses the pipes that made his band world famous. On his current North American tour, he brought fans the unplugged version of his musical world. Along with a four-piece band—including two guitarists, a box drummer, and a violinist—Tate took the crowd back in time with his progressive, yet approachable songs.

While Tate is known for his vocal attack, the acoustic setting does him great justice. His voice is sublime, heavily laden with vibrato and seemingly timeless. Almost tribal in its delivery, his voice melds well with the acoustic touch. On favorites like “Jet City Woman,” “Walk in the Shadows,” and “the über-popular hit “Silent Lucidity,” he rides different waves of vocal melody, all the while keeping the song intact—and often taking it further than it has gone before. The material stands the test of time and transfers beautifully into acoustic form.

Along with selections from his entire career with Queensrÿche (Tate parted ways with the band in 2012), he also delivered passionate performances of lesser-known tracks like “Chasing Blue Sky” and “Blood.” A strong acoustic production with its foundation on the music is what Tate delivers this time around, and the journey is sweet. A fun storyteller, he is almost like an old friend, taking us back to another time and place—not all singers can do that. Almost 40 years into his career, he is still vocally compelling and relevant.

Peppered with tracks from albums like Warning, Rage for Order, Operation: Mindcrime, and more, this show is not to be missed if you are a fan of the band. | Marc Farr

Remaining North American tour dates are below. Visit for tickets or more information.

03.28 | High Dive, Gainesville FL
03.29 | Jack Rabbits Live, Jacksonville FL
03.30 | The Calico Room, Wilmington NC
04.01 | The Blind Tiger, Greensboro NC
04.02 | The Windjammer, Isle of Palms SC
04.04 | The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
04.05 | Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC
04.06 | A.J. Fletcher Opera Theatre, Raleigh NC
04.07 | Shakas Live, Virginia Beach
04.08 | The Beacon Theatre, Hopewell VA
04.09 | Tellus 360, Lancaster PA
04.12 | Salle Multi, Villa de Quebec QC
04.14 | The Brass Monkey, Nepan ON
04.15 | Rockpile West, Etobicoke ON

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