Geoff Tate Dons Wig for ‘Rock & Vaudeville’ Show
"We're fans of rock music from all the way back, and we were just sitting around talking, and we came up with this idea -- 'Wouldn't be fun if…?' So here we are."
That's Geoff Tate's explanation for his new show, 'Rock and Vaudeville featuring Geoff Tate of Queensryche,' which finds him covering a set full of rock classics while a series of additional performers -- including go-go dancers and aerialists -- cavort in the background. Promising nothing less than "the History of Rock done vaudeville style," the show offers attendees the chance to "see the rock songs you love from the ones you grew up to what’s playing today."
Tate stopped by the Seattle morning news show 'New Day' to debut 'Rock and Vaudeville,' which is scheduled for a three-night (and five-show) stand at the city's Triple Door venue. Flanked by guitarist Jason Ames and a troupe of dancers, he performed the Kinks' 'Lola.'
During his 'New Day' interview segment, Tate said the hardest part was winnowing down decades of music for the show's set list. "There's so many incredible songs," he pointed out. "So we sort of broke it up by decades -- like, we start with the '50s, move to '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, all the way up to now. We started at the beginnings of rock and roll, what was rock and roll, and that was, like, Bill Haley & His Comets, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis...that kind of thing. It's so fun going back and doing these songs, 'cause they're classics...And that's what we're trying to show -- we show the evolution of rock music and how it changed from the '50s all the way until now."
'Rock and Vaudeville featuring Geoff Tate of Queensryche' arrives at the Triple Door in May; in the meantime, Tate and his version of Queensryche will hit the road for a round of North American tour dates. For more information about 'Rock and Vaudeville,' visit the Triple Door's website here.