Learnt a couple of days ago that QUEENSRYCHE will be supporting JUDAS PRIEST in July, on their “Epitaph Tour”. So I thought about sharing some images & words from the first time I’ve seen them, in 2008, on the “Operation: Mindcrime II” theatrical tour.
It was quite an experience! They’ve played both “Operation: Mindcrime” in full (which meant a really looooooooooooong show ), backed up by actors and scenarios that illustrated the story of these two conceptual albums. Pamela Moore played a wonderful role as Sister Mary.
“Operation: Mindcrime” is an amazing album. “Operation: Mindcrime II” sucks big time in my opinion. But with all the theatre, it was really great. It still didn’t convince me to buy the album, though.
An intermission of some 10 mintues, if I do remember well, separated the two acts/albums – that black shadow on the left side of picture #20 was the curtain closing down.
There was also an encore, and that was like a “normal” concert – so everybody got up from their seats and raised their arms and voices to scream along “Jet City Woman” and “Empire”. And on the very last one, I’m pretty sure I saw the glitter of happy tears on Geoff Tate‘s eyes when we all sang “I’m smiling next to you, in silent lucidity”