Before The Protomen, there was...this band! The estimable Jim Ridley:
Maybe it's just because I had it drilled into my head by Eric Nowinski at the old Cat's Records in Murfreesboro, but I've got a soft spot for Operation: Mindcrime, Queensryche's 1988 rock opera/concept album setting an amalgam of The Manchurian Candidate, The Parallax View and The Prisoner to a score of arena-metal ordnance.....
Even without Freddie Mercury's music-hall pipes or cock-rock bravado, singer Geoff Tate had enough theatrical panache to pull off the album's paranoiac revolutionary grandstanding both on record and live--enough, anyway, to banish that faint taste of Kilroy Was Here. The band's still riding its momentum more than 20 years later, but they're currently touring behind their latest album, American Soldier, which features Tate's 11-year-old daughter Emily on its lead single "Home Again." As for Ford, even if the former Runaway went power ballad while bandmate Joan Jett went punk--her "Close My Eyes Forever" duet with Ozzy Osbourne was a Top 10 smash--she remains a woman metal hero among precious few. Raise your lighter with respect.
In case you've forgotten what an acoustic guitar sounds like through a shit ton of chorus effect: