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How many bands are in a position to have a 30th Anniversary for an album? How many are still in a position to tour that album? When it was announced that Geoff Tate was going to take Operation: Mindcrime on the road social media was on fire. To bring the show to Pontypridd - a small town in South Wales - was a dream come true. The queue had already wound its way around the corner of the venue when we arrived for this much anticipated show. Once the doors opened people jostled for the best position to see the show.
Opening the evenings musical spectacular was the up and coming ‘synthetic heavy rock’ band ‘Till Death Do Us Part playing tracks from their debut album ‘Detached’. Their style is a fusion of the synth based Depeche Mode mixed with the haunting vocals of Evanescence and the intensity of Bring Me The Horizon. Emily Tate - Geoff Tate’s daughter- fronts the band and you can sense that she has been paying close attention to her father as she shows the confidence of a seasoned performer. Kieran Robertson’s guitar work is skilful with a raw edge and the thunderous drumming of Lee Reston joins the relentless bass of Jack Ross to provide each track with a rock solid bottom line. For a young band who have only been together a relatively short time they have created a sound that should attract a wide range of musical fans. We look forward to seeing them again in the future.
‘Till Death Do Us Part are:
Vocals - Emily Tate
Guitar/Synths - Kieran Robertson
Bass guitar - Jack Ross
Drums - Lee Reston
Watch Me Burn
Salt Water Taffy
We Killed Romance
Check them out on their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tilldeathdouspartband/
During the short interlude, the already busy room became packed to capacity as the stage was readied behind the curtain. The anticipation of the audience was palpable until the signal from the stage hand that they were ready was greeted with huge applause and cheering.
The audio recording of the opening track ‘I Remember Now’ starts to play and the audience are called to order, with the curtain parting with the musicians in place and ‘Anarchy-X’ starts the crowd cheer. Geoff Tate walks onto the stage to join the band for ‘Revolution Calling’ to a wall of noise as the crowd erupts, unfortunately a loose connection meant that his microphone wasn’t working for the first couple of lines. With the gremlin banished, Geoff takes the lead but with the full backing of the enthralled Pontypridd choir. Rarely do you see a frontman have as much influence over a crowd, Geoff had the whole audience in the palm of his hand directing them to sing like a conductor over his orchestra. The packed house was loving this, those that weren’t singing appeared to be mesmerised by the performance in front of them.
Geoff was joined by his daughter Emily for ‘Suite Sister Mary’ who’s vocals fitted the track perfectly, both appearing to love their time on stage together. As ‘Don’t Believe in Love’ raised the roof, the sound man surely had to lift Geoff’s vocals because of the volume of the crowds singing, and ‘Eyes of a Stranger’ had the crowd clapping the intro and singing the lyrics back at the band to their obvious pleasure, the audience showed their appreciation with massive applause. The band took a short break returning to the stage to wish happy birthday to Geoff Tate and the Pontypridd crowd sang him ‘Happy Birthday’, Geoff returned to be presented with a birthday cake and to blow out the candles. He introduced the band - Scott Moughton on guitar, Kieron Robertson (Guitar) and Jack Ross (Bass) -both of who played in the opening act - Bruno Sa (Keyboards) and Josh Watts (Drums).
With time for a few tracks as an encore they started with the unmistakable acoustic introduction of ‘Silent Lucidity’ the crowd were held spellbound leading into the rousing ‘Empire’ and ‘Jet City Woman’ they left us wanting more but time was against us all. The musicianship on show tonight along with Geoff Tate’s sublime vocals was phenomenal. The band, assembled for this leg of the tour were absolutely tight, giving the impression that they’ve been together for years. Operation: Mindcrime may be thirty years old but it still feels fresh when played in its entirety live. It’s very rare I’m caught speechless but this was one performance that has managed to achieve it.
Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime are:
Geoff Tate- Vocals
Scott Moughton - Guitar
Kieron Robertson - Guitar
Bruno Sa - Keyboards
Jack Ross - Bass
Josh Watts - Drums
I Remember Now
Spreading The Disease
Suite Sister Mary
Breaking the Silence
I Don’t Believe in Love
Waiting for 22
My Empty Room
Eyes of a Stranger
Jet City Woman
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