It’s only fair.

Considering I’ve been mercilessly flogging Geoff Tate for his actions as of late, I figure it’s only fair to show what he once was — specifically, one of the perhaps three or four greatest vocalists in all of metal.

While I never thought Geoff Tate was a studio creation, I always wondered if he could hit those high notes in a live setting — or, rather, how well he could hit them. Well, I found out when I bought Rage for Order, as it featured this live cut of “Walk in the Shadows” from 1991:

Suffice it to say, my jaw was left scraping the floor after the first time I heard that. And that was after Tate had already knocked out a part of his upper range with the smoking habit he took up after Operation: Mindcrime was recorded. He sounded even better before then. Tate may not be what he used to be, but what he used to be, was freaking magnificent. Thank God we got so much of it preserved for posterity.

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3 Responses to “It’s only fair.”

  1. That Guy Says:

    Tate was a vocal powerhouse. The first time I ever heard QR was in a Target in San Antonio (someone tuned all the radios in the store to 99.5 KISS), and it was this very song that was belted out. I was hooked. Too bad he went all John and Yoko on the band.

    I would LOVE for them to pull out another Mindcrime level album.

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      The first time I ever heard QR was in a Target in San Antonio (someone tuned all the radios in the store to 99.5 KISS), and it was this very song that was belted out.

      Too cool! I am pretty sure they never played any of that on the radio in northeast Texas where I grew up. I don’t remember how long Joe Anthony was on the radio at KISS (I’m sure Albatross could shed some light on that for us), but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he was behind Queensryche getting played on the station.

      And another Mindcrime-level album would be the bee’s knees. Can they do it? Since they don’t have Tater holding them back, I actually think they can. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — a lot of people seem to forget Michael Wilton’s contributions to the early part of the catalog. His name appears on several of my favorite songs from the early years, among them “Nightrider,” “Deliverance” (he wrote that song all by himself), “NM 156,” “I Dream in Infrared,” “Spreading the Disease,” and “Empire.” But along with the rest of the band, he has been marginalized a lot in recent years as Tater rejected the ideas he and the others brought to the table. Wilton’s been said to be the most metal-minded of the guys; you couple that with Tater’s hatred of metal and it’s made for a bad, bad combination ever since Chris DeGarmo left. But now that Tater’s gone and Wilton will get to do his thing again, I bet it’s gonna be a lot different.

  2. Albatross Says:

    Joe Anthony has been around forever, and his influence — along with Lou Roney’s — will last for a long time to come.

    By the way, if Sabra wants to check out another interesting grave site, perhaps she can convince you to take her to Joe Anthony’s. Apparently it’s on Austin Highway.

    (This is a reposting. The internet seems to have taken my last one.)

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