May 3rd was the 20th anniversary of argueably one of the greatest progressive metal albums ever released – Queensryche’s “Operation: Mindcrime”. Thanks to Blabbermouth.net, I found out that another site (Blistering.com) is posting a series of articles by band historian Christa Titus entitled “I Remember Now: The 20th Anniversary of Operation: Mindcrime”.
If you follow the link you can read the first two installments including an interview with guitarist Michael Wilton as he discusses not being pleased with the initial mix of the record. Can you imagine now, 20 years later & as legendary as the work has become, that Wilton was originally unhappy? Wild.
But to me, even more intriguing is the 800 lb. gorilla in the room that I’m curious if they will bring up, that being how instrumental departed guitarist Chris DeGarmo was in the creation of this opus. He co-wrote roughly half the songs including “I Don’t Believe in Love” and mega-hit “Eyes of a Stranger”, and frankly – was sorely lacking in the “Mindcrime II” album that came out in 2006. I’ll be surprised if he gets his due credit.
Still, it’s a great album that I’ve had the luxury of seeing performed live on three occasions – the first being the epic tour where Queensryche opened for Metallica (who were promoting “And Justice For All”). That double bill was probably one of the 5 greatest shows I’ve ever seen and the tour shirt listing both bands is the crown jewel of my sizable t-shirt collection.