Geoff Tate has released the final album for his Operation: Mindcrime trilogy, A New Reality. I spoke with him about the current album, touring, Missing keyboard players, and the general state of the music business.
Thanks for taking the time to do this. Take us through the writing process.
Well for this particular project it was the story followed by the music. I wrote this several years ago while hiking in Spain. Came w=up with quite a few musical outlines and it grew from there. There is no set way. Sometimes it’s a word or a figure that starts it all off. Or just a short idea that you have. You try to write a song that describes how you feel at the moment. Turns into a song
Do you take the ideas and take it to the band or is all done via file sharing?
For this project we brought them in and we sat in one place for a few weeks and recorded. It was a matter of playing a piece of what I had started and then …