Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime rocks Westland with support from Till Death Do Us Part, Dead in 5, Elsie Binx, and HOLESHOT.

Opening the evening are rock/metal band HOLESHOT from the Detroit area.  Vocalist James Elswick leads the band in getting the crowd warmed up with a solid set of cover songs from the likes of Judas Priest, Accept, and Metallica.  HOLESHOT also consists of Keith Holstein (guitar), Silvio Valentini (bass), and Darrell Robertson (drums).

Next is up and coming local band Elsie Binx with dynamic vocalist Erin Accomando, who owns the stage and never stops dancing and hopping around.  They get the audience fired up with several rockin’ songs from their current release That’s What She Said including “Say You Will”, “You Can’t”, “Should’ve Known”, and “Holding On”.   They also play an awesome cover of “Outshined” in tribute to Chris Cornell.  Elsie Binx is unique on the local rock scene with a lead singer, five bands members, and two backing vocalists.  They are a band to watch out for in the future and are working on getting out to California for a showcase.

Dead in 5 from Detroit, MI come out of the gates with all cylinders firing with their unique hard rock sound.  Their music and energy is infectious and has the audience enthralled and moving.  Robert Libres on vocals leads the attack and likes to get right in the fans’ faces as he drops to his knees and leans in against the monitors several times.  Backed by newcomer Dave Seymour (guitar) and longtime members Peder Seglund (guitar), Dana Forrester (bass), and James Trunko (drums), they plow through a hard-driving set including “Burn My Eyes”, “Silver”, “Trippin On the Inside”, and “Outlaw Hellride #9”.  The whole band gives it 100% and is extremely active on stage, working it from side to side and striking poses. 

Til Death Do Us Part, led by Geoff Tate’s daughter Emily Tate with her beautiful vocals, hits the stage next.  They play what can best be described as dark alternative rock.  The audience loves it.  The band includes Kieran Robertson on guitar, Jack Ross on bass, and Lee Reston on drums.  The three of them are all from Scotland.  The band is touring in support of their debut album Detached and play all eight songs tonight including “Watch Me Burn”, “Monster”, “Cannonball”, “Ink”, and “We Killed Romance”.

The curtains open as Operation: Mindcrime, led by vocal powerhouse Geoff Tate, takes the stage and jumps right into “Neue Regel”.  They tear through several more Queensrÿche songs including “Screaming in Digital”, “I Am I”,  and “I Don’t Believe in Love”.   The set is heavy on Queensrÿche songs tonight and for the longtime fans that seems to be what they want as they sing along to many of the classic hits including “Jet City Woman”, “Take Hold of the Flame”, “Silent Lucidity”, and “Eyes of a Stranger”.  Only the songs “The Fight” and “Re-Inventing the Future” come from Operation: Mindcrime releases.

Like at an acoustic show from earlier this year, Geoff Tate is back on top of his game across the vocal range.  With one of the most recognizable voices, he has a way of drawing the audience in from the soothing “Silent Lucidity” to the harder-edged songs like “Breaking the Silence”.  He also entertains the fans with stories throughout the set.  It’s great to see Geoff having as much fun as his fans.

The band lineup tonight consists of rhythm guitarist Scott Moughton, keyboardist Evan Kleve, bassist Tim Fernley, along with Kieran Robertson (guitar) and Lee Reston (drums) from Till Death Do Us Part.  Scott and Kieran play off each other on many songs and seem to be having as much fun as the fans judging by the smiles on their faces.  Tim Fernley is also very active jumping around the stage and playing to the crowd up front on many occasions.

It is a killer performance by Geoff Tate and Operation: Mindcrime, as well as all the supporting bands.  Hopefully, Geoff will continue to make new music and tour for many years to come.  The fans can’t seem to get enough of this talented legend.

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Event Date: 21-JUL-2017