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Geoff Tate

Live in Chicago, 2002

Review by Gary Hill

Yes once sang, "what happened to this song I once knew so well". Geoff Tate and his band did an interesting take on songs we once knew so well from Queensryche. They did an incredible feat by taking lots of Ryche pieces and reworking them in such a way that they both seemed quite faithful to the original, but also felt as if they were tracks from Tate's radically UnQueensryche debut solo release. I still can't fathom how they pulled it off as well as they did. It must be a testament to the talent that Tate has put together in his band.
The group performed every song from that self-titled release. Interestingly enough, the band also injected a new energy and life into that material. Truly one can enjoy the album without seeing the band live, but if you do, you are missing half of the picture. The material becomes so much more in the live performance. This band really smokes.

Don't expect an elaborate stage show or effects. Instead, what you get with this group is a group of very professional musicians performing songs with all of their hearts. The love for the music is apparent from these guys, and contagious. The band chose mostly fairly obscure Ryche pieces to perform. The most notable exception was "Silent Lucidity". And, as mentioned before they reworked them just enough to create a fully cohesive mass of material, rather than a contrast of sounds.

If you get the chance to see this band, do it. You won't be disappointed. From what I saw no one at this show was.

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