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QUEENSRYCHE Operation: Mindcrime I & II
Bristol, Colston Hall 24 June 2008
When Queensryche released their epic concept album Operation:Mindcrime in 1988
it quickly became one of the most significant records of it’s genre.
It tells the story of Nikki, who, whilst ill begins to recall memories of his
past life as a drug addict, manipulated by the notorious Dr X into committing
murder as an assassin. However through his burgeoning friendship with Sister
Mary, a prostitute turned nun, he begins to question his life.
However still under the spell of Dr X he makes a further kill, that of the
priest who introduced him to Mary and is ordered to kill Mary herself. This is
something though he cannot do only to find Mary dead when he later returns.
Nikki is arrested for both murders and here is where we find him, in a state of
near comatose and sectioned in a facility.
In 2006 Queensryche released a sequel; Operation: Mindcrime II picking up 18
years later with Nikki seeking his revenge on Dr X.
This tour sees Queensryche bowing to pressure from their loyal fans who have
long wanted to see the full American stage shows for these concept records in
Europe and as always Queensryche have listened and delivered.
The venue was perfect for this type of event which incorporates some dialogue
with the heavy metal that underpins it all.
Vocalist Geoff Tate and guest vocalist from the original recording, Pamela Moore
taking the roles of Nikki and Sister Mary respectively played their hearts out.
This wasn’t presented in any half measures and the show fully lived up to hype
that forever surrounds such an important musical accomplishment.
The sets were appropriately raw given the subject and lent themselves to the
story. Guitarists Mike Stone and Michael Wilton played it perfectly and carried
the tunes throughout this epic without fault. Bassist Eddie Jackson was as
sterling as ever and I’ve got to say, this epic is an epic and not for the faint
hearted. Along with Scott Rockenfield keeping beat the boys kept it up for nigh
on 3 hours… now that’s heavy.
A guest spot on the video back drop from none other than Mr Ronnie James Dio who
took over the role of Dr X for Mindcrime II so they can’t go wrong with him on
Post encore and the guys came back to perform a couple of little numbers, ‘Jet
City Woman’ and ‘Empire’ both from the 1990 ‘Empire’ album.
The sets included the tracks from both albums in their entirety and if you’re
looking for a good story aswell as some great music then check out these two
albums for sure.
The show was a great hit with a varied audience and the acting was full on -
which saw the West Country become the West End for one special night.
I Remember Now
Spreading the Disease
Suite Sister Mary
The Needle Lies
Breaking the Silence
I Don't Believe in Love
Waiting for 22
My Empty Room
Eyes of a Stranger
One Foot In Hell
Speed of Light
Signs Say Go
If I Could Change It All
An Intentional Confrontation
A Junkie's Blues
Fear City Slide
All the Promises
Jet City Woman
Review by Judith Reeves
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