Queensryche’s Tate On Revisiting ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ Album

In an interview with Electricbasement.com, frontman Geoff Tate talked about revisiting the acclaimed 1988 album ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, which dealt with political schemes. “I would especially love to work again with that album, but I think we would do it quite a bit differently this time than we did it then.” Asked to offer details, he kept most of it secret but offered a general idea, “Well, I don’t really want to expand on that because there is a definite possibility that we are going to do it. It would have to be a different presentation though based upon what has transpired over the last 12 to 15 years. Maybe we could look at things a little more objectively. I wouldn’t want to make the same album again. It’s just much different writing at this point than it was then considering that when ‘Mindcrime’ was written that I was probably in my early thirties. At that point, I was much more interested in politics than I am now. Right now, I’m more interested in the social evolution in people. Politics is now the ultimate compromise business. It’s not about truth, and it’s not the about doing what’s right. It’s all just about winning. It’s more of a sports team mentality model. I choose not to play that game in my life anymore. So, I guess what I’m saying is that ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ was more of a black-and-white approach to things while ‘Tribe’ is more interested, not in politics or the government, but in just winning and finding what’s right. The songs on this record attempt to portray the real thing about America which is that we are an enormous group of people with completely different outlooks and mindsets and backgrounds. We’re culturally different, intellectually different but somehow we manage to make it work in this country. I’m not so certain that all of us had a hand in making it all work though. I think some people exist and stay here primarily because it’s all they know. I think there’s definitely a select group of people who call the shots and make all the rules and enforce them and push us in the direction we’re going. Once we’re all aware of that and accept that that is a definitely a possibility, maybe we’ll be a little happier because we’ll understand how the system works. That may be the biggest problem with this country too-we don’t know how it all works. We’re illiterate and watching ‘Jerry Springer’… what’s that do for ya?” Electricbasement.com has since removed the interview.

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