Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the rumored knife attack that people really launched their full on hatred for Geoff Tate. Much like Def Leppard, the greatness of the early work was so overwhelming that fans stood by, waited and hoped for a return to form that never came with Tate in that band. Let’s be honest here, DEDICATED TO CHAOS and FREQUENCY UNKNOWN were abysmal. There were some moments on FREQUENCY UNKNOWN that made you think there could be someething good left, but that just didn’t get the job done. So Tate has left his legacy behind to start a new chapter of his career. It comes in the form of the uninspired group name Operation: Mindcrime, and in the tradition of Tate’s best work - a concept.