We thought that the fake chef shouting out Judas Priest’s “Turbo Lover” would be the most bizarre morning TV appearance that we’d see all week. That was until we saw (one of) Queensryche singer(s) Geoff Tate stop by King 5 Seattle’s “New Day Northwest” to promote his forthcoming show “Rock and Vaudeville.” Introduced by the newscaster, Tate appeared with a wig on, covering the Kinks’ “Lola.” He might have just been getting into character for the show, which seemed to have a ’70s vibe, with background singers/dancers dressed like hippies/flower children. And while the cover, which also featured his co-writer Jason Ames on guitar, was perfectly fine, Tate’s wig was, well, not.
“Rock and Vaudeville” will take place on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd. It promises “the history of rock done vaudeville style… while watching aeriealists, burlesque dancers, go go dancers, drag queens and circus performers showing their stuff.” It will include songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Prince, among others. So while the dispute over Queensryche’s name still isn’t solved, it looks like Tate’s working on a backup plan that’s not entirely that far removed from his “Queensryche Cabaret” minus the Queensryche part.