QUEENSRYCHE‘s “Operation: Mindcrime” was released in May 1988 and it didn’t take long to be acknowledged as a masterpiece. Its sequel was far from it, but when both albums were fully performed in the 20th anniversary of the first one, it was something memorable (see it here). Missing the 30th anniversary, even if only with the original voice on board, was not an option.
Tate may not achieve the highest pitches anymore, but being well aware of his capacities, he’s twitched those pitches, toning them down, in order to stay in tune. It didn’t bother me much; what really pissed me off was knowing that he’d performed a 4-song encore – songs off “Empire” – in the U.K. dates and here that didn’t happen… Still, “I Don’t Believe In Love” and “Eyes Of A Stranger” alone will always be worth it.
By the way, in case you don’t know, the girl portraying Sister Mary (originally by Pamela Moore) is Tate‘s daughter Emily. Apples, right?