Mindcrime at the Moore

Queensrÿche's newly released live double-DVD set preserves a rare presentation of its often-heralded concept albums Operation: Mindcrime I and II. Produced in their entirety at Seattle's Moore Theatre, the exhausting spectacle is fleshed out with vivid imagery and additional actors, portraying the band's fictional characters, complete with a bizarre cameo from the Seattle Seahawks drum line. Singer Geoff Tate and company work their way through the dense prog-rock mire of 32 tracks and a two-song encore of "Jet City Woman" and "Walk in the Shadows," offering a stimulating, precisely executed show that even nonfans should enjoy. The DVD includes a few welcome extras, including a tour documentary, and for hardcore devotees, rare footage of Ronnie James Dio's only live manifestation as the ominous "Dr. X." 4 stars

Queensrÿche plays the Roxy at 8 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 13.


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