Geoff Tate stopped at the City Winery in Nashville delivering a memorable acoustic performance supported by Voices of Extreme.
Former lead singer of Queensrÿche Geoff Tate recently brought his The Whole Story “Ryche” production to the hallowed halls of the City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee.
The current tour cycle sees Tate and his current bandmates delivering acoustic interpretations of mostly Queensrÿche material along with the occasional Operation Mindcrime track and a few unique covers mixed in for good measure.
The stripped down stage production for the evening’s performance included two guitars, a violin, and a Cajon drum box, all of which blended beautifully with Tate’s sublime vocals while also adding layers of both depth and intensity that helped to ultimately create resplendent versions of some of Queensrÿche’s most treasured material.
The performance mimicked more of a version of VH1’s Storytellers versus just being your run-of-the-mill acoustic show. Throughout the evening a jovial Tate shared personal anecdotes tied to most every song he and the band played throughout the course of their nearly two hours up on City Winery’s lighted stage.
Before launching into “Some People Fly,” Tate offered up what would be many positive moments on the evening stating, “I’m tired of all the negativity surrounding us lately. I want more positive things. I don’t want to hear I can’t; I want to hear I will.”
“Jet City Woman” followed next and was highlighted by an impromptu crowd sing-a-long that Tate himself at the end of song complemented the audience by saying, “You sound good when you sing like that,” which in turn prompted a joyous uproar from the nearly sold-out crowd.
As the band’s City Winery performance fell on Valentine’s Day eve one would have to expect that at least one tale about love would make its way into the set list. Sure enough, prior to launching into “Until There was You,” Tate mused that he had written the track for the love his life, his wife, Susan.
Arguably the most stirring song of the night came in the form of a heartfelt rendition of the “Silent Lucidity.” Tate, his hand placed firmly over his heart, belted out the Queenrÿche staple with a raw emotion that surely must have moved next to every individual lucky enough to have secured a ticket to this one of a kind performance.
Another emotional highlight came later on in the set as Tate shared a story about someone he has idolized his entire life, his father, before playing “Hundred Mile Stare” from Queensrÿche’s 2009 release, American Soldier.
The night was filled with countless musical high points while also serving as one of the most positive and uplifting concerts most of those in attendance have likely ever been fortunate enough to have attended.
Opening the show for Tate and his bandmates, Scott Moughton (guitar), Ollie Jordan-Kelly (Cajon box drum) and Evan Kleve (violin) and Kieran Robinson (guitar), was Voices of Extreme.
The three-piece from New York features Don Chaffin on guitars and vocals, Steven G. Night on bass, and Bobby Marks on percussion. Voices of Extreme’s acoustic set included a brilliant mix of both original music and a few covers such as Led Zeppelin’s “Bring it On Home” and their set closer, the George Harrison-penned “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Geoff Tate setlist: Walk in the Shadows, Another Rainy Night (Without You), Some People Fly, Jet City Woman,Chasing Blue Sky, Bridge, Until There Was You,Out of Mind, Silent Lucidity, The Fight (Operation Mindcrime cover), Blood, Take Hold of the Flame, The Lady Wore Black, Hundred Mile Stare, I Don’t Believe in Love, Eyes of a Stranger, I’m Shipping Up to Boston (Dropkick Murphys’ cover), Around the World.
Event Date: 13-Feb-2017