A great live performance is something you’ll be able to describe to your kids someday, unlike the way they looked midbirth. Scream along to your favorites with this GrouponLive deal to see Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime 25th-anniversary tour at Theatre of Living Arts. For $15, you get one G-Pass for standing-room only general admission on Thursday, June 6, at 8 p.m. (up to a $29 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
A heroin addict named Nikki wakes up near-comatose in a hospital. As the fog begins to lift from his mind, he struggles to recall how he got there. The facts are blurry: a secret society who brainwashed people into carrying out political assassinations. A prostitute-turned-nun who was eventually killed. Is Nikki the culprit of these sinister acts? To find out, he has to go back through the dark recesses of his memory and tell the tale from the beginning.
Although it sounds like a cryptic take on The Manchurian Candidate or a love letter from that weird neighbor with the tinfoil hat, it’s actually the plot of Queensrÿche’s 1988 rock opera, Operation: Mindcrime, which Kerrang! magazine voted one of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. Upon its release, the ambitious work blew the minds of fans and critics alike with its fusion of heady prog-rock, full-bore metal, and poetic and politically conscious lyricism. The song cycle garnered a Grammy nomination for the single “I Don’t Believe In Love,” inspired a sequel, and proved that metal could be brainy and brawny. In these days of shuffles and singles, Operation: Mindcrime is the type of album that demands to be swallowed whole.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his brainchild, founding singer and songwriter Geoff Tate invites fans to hear Operation: Mindcrime in its entirety on the band’s latest tour. Backed by a new lineup of metal all-stars, including bassist Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy and Dio fame, former Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, and guitarist Kelly Gray and keyboardist Randy Gane from Tate’s first band, Myth, the recharged Queensrÿche takes audiences through all 15 tracks of its dystopian opus, from the scene-setting “I Remember Now” and the one-two punch of “Anarchy-X” and “Revolution Calling” to the swelling riffs and strings of the swan song “Eyes of a Stranger.”
Queensrÿche – “I Don’t Believe in Love”<p>
_Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app._
Theatre of the Living Arts
- 1908: a nickelodeon opens on South Street under the name the Crystal Palace
- 1927: the movie theater is converted into a concert hall
- 1941: the concert hall is converted into a movie theater
- 1959: director Andre Gregory founds an avant-garde performance group in the theater, and gives it a new name—the Theatre of the Living Arts
- 1960–1968: the troupe's critically acclaimed shows, including The Critic_ and _Poor Bitos, feature such future legends as Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch, and Morgan Freeman
- 1976: years after the performance group goes bankrupt, a newly opened movie theater realizes it can pay its rent with weekly screenings of _Rocky Horror Picture Show_
- 1988: after one final transformation, the Theatre of the Living Arts becomes a live performance venue once again
- 2013: now exclusively a music stage, the theater earns a spot on Complex's list of America's 50 best concert venues