Geoff Tate born Jeffrey Wayne Tate, January 14, 1959.
Geoff Tate was born in Stuttgart, to American parents.
His mother's side of the family is from New Orleans.
Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to Tacoma, Washington.
Tate had an interest in music from an early age.
He was especially interested in symphonic works.
Geoff Tate wanted to be a football player until a knee injury put an end to that. He enrolled in Tacoma Community College after graduating High School in 1977.
He dropped out after a year.
He rose to fame with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche, who had commercial success with their album Operation Mindcrime from 1988 and album Empire 1990.
Geoff Tate is ranked fourteenth on Hit Parader's list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time.
He was voted No. 2 on That Metal Show's top 5 hard rock vocalists of the 1980s.
In 2012, he won the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Music Award for Voice in Progressive Heavy Metal. In 2015, he placed ninth on OC Weekly's list of the 10 Best High-Pitched Metal Singers.
After his farewell tour with Queensrÿche, he renamed his band Operation: Mindcrime, after the Queensrÿche album of the same name.
Geoff Tate first started out in the local cover band Tyrant, with Adam Bomb and future Culprit/TKO member Scott Earl.
At the time, Geoff Tate was using the name Jeff Waterfall and performing Van Halen and Rainbow covers.
After losing a local Battle of the Bands to a band that would later change its name to Fifth Angel, Tyrant split up and Geoff Tate moved on to progressive band Babylon.
While Geoff Tate was in Babylon, he was asked to sing with the cover band The Mob (who would later start writing original material and become Queensrÿche) at a local rock festival.
After Babylon broke up, Geoff Tate performed a few shows with The Mob, but left because he was not interested in performing heavy metal cover songs.
Geoff Tate then joined the progressive metal band Myth as lead vocalist and keyboardist.
Other band members of Myth included Kelly Gray, who was later one of the replacements for Queensrÿche guitarist Chris DeGarmo, and Randy Gane, both of whom joined Geoff Tate's version of Queensrÿche in 2012.
The Mob called Geoff Tate again in 1981, this time to record a demo tape, he accepted, convincing his bandmates in Myth that getting professional recording experience would benefit all of them in the future.
Meanwhile, The Mob already had a set of songs, but one song was still left without lyrics.
Geoff Tate was asked to write lyrics for this song, which would become the song The Lady Wore Black, Geoff Tate's first penned song with the band.
The demo tape was widely circulated, and was released as an EP in 1982 on the 206 Records label.
Around this time, the name The Mob was changed to Queensrÿche, and Geoff Tate left Myth to become Queensrÿche's permanent lead singer.
Myth went on to record the album Arabia after Geoff Tate had left.
Queensrÿche was signed to EMI in the summer of 1983, with a contract spanning 15 years and encompassing seven albums.
EMI re-released the EP, Queensrÿche, to moderate success, peaking at No. 81 on the Billboard charts.
With Queensrÿche, Geoff Tate had great successes, especially with the concept album Operation: Mindcrime, which was released in 1988, and 1990's Empire.
The band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
On June 20, 2012, it was announced that Queensrÿche had fired Geoff Tate, replacing him with Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre.
Soon after, Geoff Tate and his wife Susan who served as the band's manager from 2005–2012 filed a lawsuit in a Washington court, saying that he was wrongfully terminated from the group. They also filed a preliminary injunction in an attempt to prevent either side from using the band's name and likeness until the lawsuit was settled, but this was denied by a judge who decided that both parties can use the name Queensrÿche until a settlement or a court verdict determines who gets the name.
It was revealed to the public on April 28, 2014 that Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson were given the exclusive rights to the Queensrÿche trademark and that Geoff Tate received the rights to Operation: Mindcrime.
Firing from Queensrÿche, case and settlement 2012–2014
Drummer Scott Rockenfield and singer Geoff Tate performing with Queensrÿche in São Paulo, Brazil on April 14, 2012. Geoff Tate would repeatedly spit at Rockenfield during this show.
In a band meeting on April 12, 2012, which Geoff Tate did not attend, the band fired both Geoff Tate's stepdaughter, Miranda, from running the Fan Club, and his wife Susan, their band manager since 2005.
According to Wilton, the reasons were that the last 3 years, basically it just came to a point that we didn’t have a voice in the band anymore.
It was all run by the singer and his manager, the wife.
On April 14, 2012, before the soundcheck for a show in São Paulo, Brazil, Geoff Tate had an argument with the other members about the firing of his family.
This confrontation became heated, leading to Geoff Tate retaliating by throwing over the drum kit, throwing several punches and physically assaulting and spitting on Rockenfield and Wilton.
Over the course of the band's next three shows, Wilton, Rockenfield, and Jackson felt that Geoff Tate continued to misbehave and they came to the conclusion that they could not work and perform with Geoff Tate any longer.
They called a band meeting on the first week of June.
Geoff Tate withdrew from this conference call, after which the other band members voted to consider Geoff Tate expelled from the band and continue to use the Queensrÿche name with a new lead singer.
On June 12, Geoff Tate and his wife filed a lawsuit in a Seattle court against his former bandmates, claiming that he was illegally fired from the band.
They also sought a preliminary injunction to prevent both the plaintiffs and the defendants from using the Queensrÿche name.
On July 13, 2012, the Washington state superior court denied this motion, as well as a motion for a preliminary summary judgment filed by the defendants. The court ruled that both parties may use the name Queensrÿche until a court ruling or settlement would arrange otherwise.
As a result of the judge's preliminary verdict, both parties had a band that used the name and brand of Queensrÿche from 2012 to April 2014.
The lineup fronted by La Torre, and with Geoff Tate announcing his own lineup.
A settlement was reached on April 17, 2014, and a statement from both parties was released on April 28, 2014.
The statement announced that Geoff Tate lost the brand Queensrÿche to Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson, who together with La Torre and Lundgren are to be the sole band recording and touring as Queensryche, while former vocalist Geoff Tate solely has the right to play Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II in their entirety in unique performances.
On May 5, 2014, a press release was released through Wilton's Facebook page, further clarifying the specifics of the settlement.
Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton have successfully agreed to purchase Geoff Tate’s portion of the Queensrÿche name.
The band will buy out their former lead singer’s share of the Queensrÿche corporation while allowing him the ability to be the only one to perform Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II in their entirety.
He will no longer have use of the TriRyche logo or any other album images aside from the Mindcrime releases. He can only refer to himself as the Original Lead Singer of Queensrÿche or Formerly of Queensrÿche for a period of two years and that text must be at least 50% smaller than his name in all materials.
After this two year period passes, he can only refer to himself as Geoff Tate with no mention of Queensrÿche at all.
Geoff Tate will be able to finish any confirmed dates billed for his Queensrÿche lineup scheduled to terminate on August 31st, 2014.
Frequency Unknown and Operation:Mindcrime 2013–2017
Following his firing and while awaiting the outcome of a settlement or court ruling deciding who would ultimately gain access to the name Queensrÿche, Geoff Tate announced his own lineup using the name Queensrÿche on September 1, 2012, via his official Facebook page.
Until Geoff Tate lost the brand Queensrÿche in April 2014 to his former bandmates, his group were promoted by their booking agent under the name Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate the Original Voice.
The lineup would originally feature Rudy Sarzo, Bobby Blotzer, Glen Drover, and two of his former bandmates from the band Myth, Kelly Gray and Randy Gane.
Drover left the band on November 23, 2012.
On January 25, 2013, his replacement was announced to be guitarist Robert Sarzo Rudy's brother, while Blotzer was also replaced on drums by Simon Wright, who has remained since.
With this lineup, Geoff Tate released the album Frequency Unknown under the Queensryche name on April 23 via through Deadline Music, a sub-label of Cleopatra Records.
It was co-written, produced and mixed in 6 weeks by Jason Slater and mastered by Maor Appelbaum, but Billy Sherwood was later hired to remix the album, as it seems there are sonic issues with the previous versions.
Several days later, however, Sherwood pulled out of the project, citing scheduling issues.
The work was subsequently spread out over at least four remixers, because of the deadline that had to be met, Cold, the first single off Frequency Unknown was released on April 3, 2013.
The band embarked on an Operation: Mindcrime Anniversary Tour on April 6, 2013, celebrating the album's 25th anniversary predominantly touring the Southwest of America.
The tour continued through to September 2014 with several breaks, among others with Geoff Tate touring with his solo band in May 2014.
Following his farewell tour as Queensrÿche, Geoff Tate renamed his band to Operation: Mindcrime after the 1988 Queensrÿche album of the same name.
In 2015, John Moyer, Brian Tichy, and Scott Moughton became full-time members following the departures of both Sarzo brothers.
Their debut album, The Key, was released on September 18, 2015.
Together with Resurrection from 2016 and The New Reality from 2017 it forms a concept album trilogy about virtual currencies, internet banking and stock trading.
Solo work (1985–present)
In 1985, Geoff Tate participated in the famine relief collaboration Hear 'n Aid.
In 2002, Tate released an eponymous solo album on Sanctuary Records.
Around this time, Geoff Tate had shaven his long hair, in solidarity with a close family member who was battling cancer until her death.
On November 6, 2012, Geoff Tate released his second solo record on InsideOut Music, entitled Kings and Thieves.
Geoff Tate stars as the narrator and killer in the found footage horror movie The Burningmoore Incident. It was released direct-to-video on March 4, 2013.
Geoff Tate is scheduled to score the music to the in-production crime movie Fallen Moon.
Geoff Tate is a wine enthusiast.
He started making wine at age 14, explaining Geoff Tate was a boy scout and he could get a merit badge if he created a beverage or a food product so he made dandelion wine, which wasn’t very good but definitely sparked his interest and got him started on that passion.
The passion for wine further developed when Geoff Tate was in Queensrÿche he have been collecting wine seriously since the band first got signed back in 1983 and we were touring the world.
He make special arrangements to leave at certain point of the tour and take off and head into the wine regions.
He also started to become even more interested in how it was made and how grapes were grown and which grapes grew best where and that type of thing.
Geoff Tate has given several interviews to the magazine Wine Spectator.
In 2010, Geoff and Susan Tate launched their own brand of wine, Insania.