Geoff Tate
American singer
Geoff Tate
Geoff Tate is an American singer and musician, who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band, Queensrÿche. Tate is ranked fourteenth on Hit Parader's list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. He was voted #2 on That Metal Show's top 5 metal vocalists of all time. He was also voted the #1 greatest metal singer of all time by ragerecords. net
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Podcast Review: <i>Doug Loves Movies</i>
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I'm kicking off the year reviewing one of the staples of podcasting, Doug Loves Movies, as a reminder that the adage "out with the old, in with the new" doesn't necessarily always apply. This year mark's DLM's 10th anniversary, making it one of the longest running regular shows out there in Podcastland. With this installment it's clear that the formula that host Doug Benson cooked up back in 2006 still makes for fresh laughs. The usual lineup is tweaked just a bit this show, with four guests instead of three -- Andree Vermuelen, Patton Oswalt, Bert Kreischer and Geoff Tate. Three of them are veterans of the show, while Vermuelen is making her debut. But make no mistake, she's no shrinking violet -- when the comic zingers start...zinging, she's right there in the thick of it. Most of the zingers seem to aimed Kreischer's way, starting with his outfit and harping on many of his answers to host Benson's opening questions to the guests. Maybe it's out of the desire to see how many ...
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Book excerpt: In defence of CEOs
Financial Post - about 4 years
Ray Fisman is Lambert Family professor of social enterprise and co-director of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School. Tim Sullivan is editorial director of Harvard Business Review Press. They are the authors of The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office, published this month by Twelve. An excerpt: A $90,000 area rug, a pair of guest chairs that cost almost as much, a $35,000 commode and a $1,400 trash can — these are just a few of the expenses from a remodelling of John Thain’s office when he took over as Merrill Lynch’s chief executive in December 2007. The total bill came to an astonishing $1.2-million — about the price of five average single-family homes. Those same remodeling expenses contributed to Mr. Thain’s resignation just over a year later, after Bank of America bought Merrill, and helped to define the popular image of the CEO as someone who lives a life of extreme privilege: gold-plated faucets, country-club memberships and chauffeur-driven limo ...
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Geoff Tate Wants to Tell You About Himself
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Here's the EPK (electronic press kit) for Geoff Tate (singer for Queensrÿche). His life is obviously awesome, and he'd like to tell you all about it. I think I just ruined your weekend. UPDATE: This. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Former Queensryche singer names new supergroup
3 News - over 4 years
Fired Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate is refusing to give up the name of the group as he plans for a support slot on Alice Cooper's upcoming Canadian tour.
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June 7: Chamber Mixer; Queensryche's Geoff Tate
Agoura Hills - over 4 years
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Overtones: Blackjack bringing back rock music
Blue Ridge Now - almost 5 years
‘Rock's kind of going downhill," says Blackjack bassist/guitarist Cole Laughter. "It's time to bring it back." That may seem like a lot of weight on the shoulders of a 16-year-old, but to Laughter and lead singer Johnny Blackwell, juniors at West Henderson High School, rock is a serious passion and should be done right or not at all. Laughter and Blackwell have a regular gig the first Friday of each month at South Rock Bar &amp; Grill. Sometimes they play it with the whole Blackjack band; other times they go unplugged as a duo. "Johnny and I met in the first grade, and we started making music in the fourth grade at a talent show. We've been going ever since then," Laughter says. "We're like brothers." Blackwell, 17, has been singing ever since he can remember. "Pretty much all of my family are musicians, so I kind of fell into that by osmosis," he surmises. Blackwell recalls going to a Tom Petty concert at age 4. He and Laughter are both big Kiss fans. "When we first starte ...
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QUEENSRŸCHE Frontman Interviewed On WDHA's 'Box Of Rock' (Video) - Aug. 26, 2011 -
Google News - over 5 years
Vocalist Geoff Tate of Seattle progressive rockers QUEENSRŸCHE was interviewed by Terrie Carr for the latest edition of &quot;Box Of Rock&quot; on WDHA-FM 105.5 FM, the rock music station licensed to Dover and Morristown, New Jersey. You can now watch the chat
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Queensryche, The Monkees cancel Ballroom dates - Wire
Google News - over 5 years
5 but canceled at the last minute due to an illness with lead singer Geoff Tate. The show has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 29. Refunds are available to ticket holders who can&#39;t attend the makeup date. The Monkees, the pop rock group and
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In Pictures: Queensryche in Chicago - SoundSpike
Google News - over 5 years
This weekend, the guys -- Geoff Tate (lead vocals), Michael Wilton (lead guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass), Parker Lundgren (guitar) and Scott Rockenfield (drums, keyboards) -- will be close to home turf in the Pacific Northwest. This Saturday (8/27),
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Seahawks To Feature QUEENSRŸCHE Song During Preseason Telecasts - Aug. 18, 2011 -
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;We are longtime Seahawks fans and I&#39;ve been honored to perform the national anthem on quite a few occasions,&quot; said QUEENSRŸCHE lead singer Geoff Tate. &quot;Our new song, &#39;Get Started&#39;, is the perfect anthem for the 12th Man all over the Northwest and we
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Queensryche proved to be old school at show in St Louis -
Google News - over 5 years
In town on Tuesday for a stop for their 30thAnniversary Tour at The Pageant, there had been some questions lingering the past couple weeks, ever since the band was forced to cancel a couple of shows a week before due to lead singer Geoff Tate being
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Queensryche Start Work On Next Album - Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Google News - over 5 years
According to, singer Geoff Tate of Seattle progressive rockers Queensrÿche tells that the band is already starting work on its next album despite having just released its 12th LP, &quot;Dedicated To Chaos&quot;, in late June
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QUEENSRŸCHE Frontman Talks Wine In New Interview - Aug. 15, 2011 -
Google News - over 5 years
Radio Metal recently conducted an interview with vocalist Geoff Tate of Seattle progressive rockers QUEENSRŸCHE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Radio Metal: I know you&#39;re a wine lover and I&#39;ve read about your Insania wine
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Queensrÿche Live: 30 Years and Still Going Strong - Guitar International
Google News - over 5 years
Mid-way into tonight&#39;s set, singer Geoff Tate told the crowd, “It&#39;s been 30 years since the band formed. We can&#39;t live in the past because it already happened and we can&#39;t live in the future, so we can only live in the present and enjoy the moment
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Rock legends Queensryche play The Chance - Hudson Valley Press
Google News - over 5 years
The day began with a 4 PM special event that included a meet and greet with singer Geoff Tate for his fan club members. Tate mingled with his fans, took photos, answered questions and signed autographs. Apart from being the band&#39;s front man,
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Google News - over 5 years
Lundgren married QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate&#39;s daughter Miranda in July 2009. Before becoming a member of QUEENSRŸCHE, Lundgren, 24, played several shows with the band&#39;s frontman and joined Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton for a rare
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Food, Wine And Music With GEOFF TATE And Other Members Of QUEENSRŸCHE - July ... -
Google News - over 5 years
On December 3 at The Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, Washington, QUEENSRŸCHE fans can enjoy a multi-course wine-paired meal fine-tuned to perfection by executive chef Antonio Campolio featuring QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate&#39;s Insania wines,
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CD Review: QUEENSRYCHE – Dedicated To Chaos - Firefox News
Google News - over 5 years
The lyrics aren&#39;t the most profound penned by Geoff Tate but they ring true and sincere. There is something to be said for the economic use of words if there is nothing more to say. The arrangement and mix of this song definitely favours Eddie
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Geoff Tate
  • 2015
    Age 56
    Their debut album, named The Key, which is part one of a three part trilogy, was released on September 18, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Current members Former members In 1985, Tate participated in the famine relief collaboration Hear 'n Aid. In 2002, Tate released an eponymous solo album on Sanctuary Records. Around this time, he had shaven his long hair, in solidarity with a close family member who was battling cancer until her death.
    In 2015, he placed ninth on OC Weekly's list of the 10 Best High-Pitched Metal Singers.
    More Details Hide Details After his farewell tour as Queensrÿche, he renamed his band Operation: Mindcrime, after the Queensrÿche album of the same name. Tate was born in Stuttgart, which was then part of West Germany, to German American parents. His mother's side of the family is from New Orleans. Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to Tacoma, Washington. While Tate was in the band Babylon, he was asked to sing with the cover band The Mob (who would later start writing original material and become Queensrÿche) at a local rock festival. After Babylon broke up, Tate performed a few shows with The Mob, but left because he was not interested in performing heavy metal cover songs. Tate then joined the progressive metal band Myth as lead vocalist and keyboardist. Other band members of Myth included Kelly Gray, who was later one of the replacements for Queensrÿche guitarist Chris DeGarmo, and Randy Gane, both of whom joined Tate's version of Queensrÿche in 2012.
  • 2014
    Age 55
    The tour continued through to September 2014 with several breaks, among others with Tate touring with his solo band in May 2014.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the settlement agreement, Tate was granted the exclusive rights to perform Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II in their entirety as a unique performance, but not under the name Queensrÿche.
    Until Tate lost the brand Queensrÿche in April 2014 to the other band members, they were promoted by their booking agent under the name "Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate the Original Voice".
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  • 2013
    Age 54
    Also, during the "Operation: Mindcrime Anniversary Tour" tour, on May 17, 2013, Tate created controversy during a show in St. Charles, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details Ten minutes into the show, he grabbed an audience member's smartphone, turned around, and threw it over his shoulder into the crowd. Tate has not shown remorse, instead explaining that: "some actions that I have become very normal with as a performer are getting scrutinized and manipulated to paint a picture of me make me look like a bad guy." He has also accused the uploader of the video showing this footage to have manipulated the footage to make it appear as though he threw it, as he insists that he accidentally dropped it while trying to take pictures of the fan and of himself. In another instance, Tate spat on a fan from stage. Tate has commented on these controversies in relation to the lawsuits, saying: "I guess that's the nature of being in a lawsuit. Now you have to watch what you say, and trust that who you are talking to does the right thing, you know, and push the information out in the way that it happened. And not try to construct something different, you know?" He also added: "Because we’re in litigation there is a concerted effort to create a personality for me, to try and create a smear campaign really." and expressed belief that most negative comments about him on the internet are posted by the same, small group of people who use fake accounts to make it appear as though his detractors are much greater in number.
    On January 25, 2013, his replacement was announced to be guitarist Robert Sarzo, while Blotzer was also replaced on drums by Simon Wright, who has remained since.
    More Details Hide Details The band embarked on an "Operation: Mindcrime Anniversary Tour" on April 6, 2013, celebrating the album's 25th anniversary. predominantly touring the American Southwest.
  • 2012
    Age 53
    On November 6, 2012, Tate released his second solo record on InsideOut Music, entitled Kings and Thieves.
    More Details Hide Details Tate stars as the narrator and killer in the found footage horror movie The Burningmoore Incident. It was released direct-to-video on March 4, 2013. Tate is scheduled to score the music to the in-production crime movie Fallen Moon. Tate is a wine enthusiast. He started making wine at age 14, explaining: "I was a boy scout and you could get a merit badge if you created a beverage or a food product and I made dandelion wine, which wasn’t very good but definitely sparked my interest and got me started on that passion." The passion for wine further developed when Tate was in Queensrÿche: "I have been collecting wine seriously since the band first got signed back in 1983 and we were touring the world. I’d make special arrangements to leave at certain point of the tour and take off and head into the wine regions. I started to become even more interested in how it was made and how grapes were grown and which grapes grew best where and that type of thing." Tate has given several interviews to the magazine Wine Spectator. In 2010, Geoff and Susan Tate launched their own brand of wine, "Insania".
    Tate, however, presumably does not perceive his current project to be a similar band setting as the one he used to have with Queensrÿche before the 2012 split, saying: "I don't ever want to be in a band again.
    More Details Hide Details A 'band'-band that sticks together through thick and thin and all that, you know. I've already done that. I want to work with different groups of people. And I want to constantly be changing it up to make it interesting and different. And I want to play with as many great players as I possibly can." With this lineup, Tate released the album Frequency Unknown on April 23 via through Deadline Music, a sub-label of Cleopatra Records. It was co-written, produced and mixed in 6 weeks by Jason Slater and mastered by Maor Appelbaum, but Billy Sherwood was later hired to remix the album, "it seems there are sonic issues with the previous versions". Several days later, however, Sherwood pulled out of the project, citing scheduling issues. The work was subsequently spread out over at least four remixers, because of the deadline that had to be met. "Cold", the first single off Frequency Unknown was released on April 3, 2013.
    Following his firing and while awaiting the outcome of a settlement or court ruling deciding who would ultimately gain access to the name Queensrÿche, Tate announced his own lineup using the name "Queensrÿche" on September 1, 2012 via his official Facebook page.
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    On June 20, 2012, it was announced that Queensrÿche had fired Tate, replacing him with Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after, Tate and his wife Susan (who served as the band's manager from 2005–2012) filed a lawsuit in a Washington court, saying that he was wrongfully terminated from the group. They also filed a preliminary injunction in an attempt to prevent either side from using the band's name and likeness until the lawsuit was settled, but this was denied by a judge who decided that both parties can use the name Queensrÿche until a settlement or a court verdict determines who gets the name. It was revealed to the public on April 28, 2014 that Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson were given the exclusive rights to the Queensrÿche trademark and that Tate received the rights to Operation: Mindcrime.
    Tate attracted negative attention for spitting on and physically assaulting Wilton and Rockenfield before and during a show in São Paulo, Brazil, on April 14, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Then, during a later show the Rocklahoma Festival on May 26, Tate commented to an unresponsive crowd "You guys suck," which his bandmates, as well as fans, felt was an insult, but Tate would later defend his actions by stating in a court declaration "I was not insulting the audience. I was trying to motivate or excite them." He finds that this was used against him in the lawsuit: "It’s just something that the other guys the band and their team of people are trying to twist into a 'Geoff doesn’t respect the fans' type of thing." He elaborated on that in an interview, saying: "I say that stuff all the time, you know. It's part of being a front man, you know. You got to motivate the audience, you know. And I say things to get people motivated. I think... I say things to push people's buttons to get them to react. It's part of a performance. But if you're in a lawsuit, of course, these things get taken out of context and put into a new format. I guess the objective is to make me look like I don't care about the fans. Which is unfortunate."
  • 2011
    Age 52
    In 2011, Miranda gave Geoff his first grandchild, giving birth to Riot Danger.
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  • 2009
    Age 50
    In February 2009 he joined Queensrÿche, and on 18 July married Miranda, but they divorced about half a year later.
    More Details Hide Details Late 2009 and early 2010, Miranda was a go-go dancer with the Queensrÿche Cabaret. Daughter Emily sang a duet with her father on the song "Home Again" on the 2009 Queensrÿche album American Soldier and the ensuing tour, at age 12. In 2013, Miranda and Emily sang backing vocals on a re-recording of "Silent Lucidity" for the album Frequency Unknown. Tate has an interest in acting and enjoys motorcycling and sailing. Queensrÿche Solo Operation: Mindcrime Contributions Compilations
  • 2008
    Age 49
    Guitarist Parker Lundgren joined the band of Tate's solo project in the summer of 2008, while dating Miranda.
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  • 1996
    Age 37
    In 1996, he married his current wife, Susan.
    More Details Hide Details She and Geoff used to be vegans. Tate has four daughters: Sabra, Miranda, Bella, and Emily. Tate was never married to Sabra's mother.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    Tate's first wife was named Sandy. Tate was married to Sue (Suzanne) from 1990 until 1996.
    More Details Hide Details She inspired the lyrics to "Jet City Woman."
  • 1988
    Age 29
    With Queensrÿche, Tate had great successes, especially with the concept album Operation: Mindcrime, which was released in 1988, and 1990's Empire.
    More Details Hide Details The band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
  • 1981
    Age 22
    The Mob again called on Tate in 1981, this time to record a demo tape, which he accepted, convincing his bandmates in Myth that getting professional recording experience would benefit all of them in the future.
    More Details Hide Details The band already had a set of songs, but one song was still left without lyrics. Tate was asked to write lyrics to this song, which would become the song "The Lady Wore Black", Tate's first penned song with the band. The demo tape was widely circulated, and was released as an EP in 1982 on the 206 Records label. Around this time, the name The Mob was changed to Queensrÿche, and Tate left Myth to become Queensrÿche's permanent lead singer. Myth went on to record the album Arabia after Tate had left. Queensrÿche was signed to EMI in the summer of 1983, with a contract spanning 15 years and encompassing seven albums. EMI re-released the EP, Queensrÿche, to moderate success, peaking at No. 81 on the Billboard charts.
  • 1959
    Age 0
    Born on January 14, 1959.
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