Queensryche starring Geoff Tate returned to The Intersection for a night full of hits! More than thirty years after setting forth on the musical journey that would become known as Queensryche, the voice heard on all the band’s hits returned to Grand Rapids, Michigan with special guest Hurricane.

This tour comes hot on the heels of the recent settlement with Tate’s former band mates Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, who will be continuing with the band name. As part of the agreement between the original members, Tate will have the exclusive right to perform the concept albums Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II as unique performances. According to Tate, this settlement never went to court. It was an amicable settlement agreed upon by them. Tate will continue as Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche once the upcoming farewell tour is complete.

For the past several months, Tate and his version of Queensryche have performed the fan favorite on their 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour and now Tate has decided to perform all the hits along with some tracks from Empire to celebrate the music he’s enjoyed making over the past thirty years for this anniversary tour.

The lights went up as our photographer, Anthony Nowack, was standing right next to the stage. Nowack took a glance at the band’s set list then pivoted up to find Rudy Sarzo standing directly in front of him, just inches away from his camera lens. This surprised the hell out of Nowack! Sarzo is quite a show man. Nowack mentioned that he was definitely a highlight of the band’s performance.

As the show progressed, people started getting into the performance and singing along. These were definitely long-time fans and their appreciation for the band came out as the show went on. The encore consisted of five songs all from Empire.

While meeting with fans, Tate told a humorous story about literally running into Ozzy Osbourne while swimming laps in a hotel pool. He said Ozzy was wearing sweat pants and carrying a ketchup bottle while swimming in the pool!

*Imagery by Anthony Nowack

Queensryche starring Geoff Tate online:

Hurricane formed in 1984 by guitarist Robert Sarzo, and bassist Tony Cavazo (siblings of Quiet Riot’s classic lineup Carlos Cavazo and Rudy Sarzo). They recruited singer Kelly Hansen and drummer Jay Schellen. They had moderate success in the late 80’s with their album Over The Edge and toured the world with Cheap Trick, Iron Maiden, Stryper, and the Michael Shenker Group. They disbanded in the early 90’s only to be reborn in 2010. Cavazo and Sarzo enlisted vocalist and guitarist Andrew Freeman and drummer Mike Hansen for the reincarnation of Hurricane.

Hurricane online:


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Jul 31 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
Aug 01 – Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California
Aug 02 – House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug 03 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
Aug 07 – Strummer’s in Fresno, California
Aug 08 – Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California
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Aug 12 – Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee
Aug 13 – Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
Aug 14 – The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina
Aug 15 – Ziggy’s by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina
Aug 16 – Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Aug 20 – Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
Aug 22 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
Aug 23 – Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
Aug 24 – Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aug 26 – The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 28 – The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas
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About The Author

Anthony Nowack is a music and conceptual art photographer from Grand Rapids, MI. He started shooting national touring acts in 2005 and since then has covered hundreds of concerts and multi-day festivals including Rothbury and Lollapalooza. He has been published in multiple music and business publications and websites such as Revue Magazine, Grand Rapids Press, Metal Hammer, Backstage All Access and others. He has also been heavily involved in promoting the Grand Rapids music scene.

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