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Artist Biography Geoff Tate (born Jeffrey Wayne Tate, January 14, 1959; he later changed his first name to Geoffery or Geoffrey) is an American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche. Tate is ranked fourteenth on Hit Parader's list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. He was voted #2 on That Metal Show's top 5 hard rock vocalists of the 1980s. In 2012, he won the Vegas Rocks Magazine Award for "Voice in Progressive Heavy Metal". After his farewell tour as Queensrÿche, he plans to rename his band Operation: Mindcrime, after the Queensrÿche album of the same name.