Geoff Tate brings his “The Whole Story Acoustic Tour” to NashvilleBy William Simpson • Feb 15th, 2017 • Category: Live Show Reviews
Article by William Simpson
I have been a fan of Queensryche and Geoff Tate for several decades. My first exposure to Queensryche was as an opening act for Guns N Roses. When they came through Jackson, MS a year later headlining their Empire tour, I was front and center. That was when concert was general admission and when the doors opened you sprinted to find our spot closest to the stage and amps. I have been to most Queesnryche tours since then. Including several stops of Tate’s solo tour a few years ago. So when I heard he was bringing “The Whole Story Acoustic Tour” to the City Winery in Nashville, TN I had to be in attendance. Even more intriguing was that it was going to be an intimate affair celebrating his 35-year career and an acoustic show…some of the best ‘80s and ‘90s metal played acoustically, interesting.
This show gave Tate the ability to interact with his audience and talk about his life and the stories behind some of his songs. Tate seemed to enjoy that interaction as much as the audience did. Tate and his band started out with a few Queensryche song such as “Walk in the Shadows”, “Another Lonely Night (Without You)” and “Jet City Woman”, written about his hometown of Seattle and his first wife. Tate related a story about making his wife Susan mad and writing a song for her to un-ruffle her feathers before leading into the song “Until There Was You”. He did offer up his song to anyone that needed to use it for their wives. Tate also relayed the story about his single mother working in an insane asylum and bring him to work with her. Of which he wrote and played the song “Out of Mind” about. He also talked of the wonderful man and war hero that she married and Tate idolized growing up and eventually wrote the album “American Soldier” in his honor. Tate played the selection “Hundred Mile Stare” for and received a standing ovation for from the City Winery crowd. Tate and the band also played Queensryche classics such as “Silent Lucidity”, “I Don’t Believe in Love”, and “Eyes of a Stranger” that sounded wonderful played acoustically.
Geoff Tate is one of the greatest singers of this generation and it was a treat to listen to the stories of his like and the early days of Queensryche as well as the inspiration of the songs we all love. Tate received many standing ovations during the night as he used his majestic voice to bring those songs to us. I don’t care what form the show may take but if Geoff Tate is on the stage you should be in the audience.