John Moyer , the bassist and back-up vocalist for the alternative metal band DISTURBED, will stand in for Rudy Sarzo on five dates in May and June with Geoff Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE as they play“Operation: Mindcrime” from start to finish. Rudy will take a short break to play with his band ROCKSTAR in Russia and then will be back on the rest of the QUEENSRŸCHE tour dates in June.

“I am very excited and honored to have John Moyer stepping in for Rudy Sarzo on some of the upcoming QUEENSRŸCHE shows in May,” saidTate. “I have admired John‘s work with DISTURBED and look forward to his contribution to the ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ presentation.”

“In a world where ‘albums’ have been replaced by ‘singles’ it is an honor to perform one of the greatest concept albums of all time from start to finish.‘Operation: Mindcrime’ is just as powerful today as it was 25 years ago. My thanks to Geoff Tate and Rudy Sarzo for asking me to fill in on these shows while Rudy is gone.”

Geoff Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE tour dates with John Moyer:

May 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Potawatomi Casino
May 17 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
May 18 – Turtle Lake, WI @ St. Croix Casino
Jun. 01 – Rama, ON @ Casino Rama
Jun. 02 – Montreal, QC @ Corona

Although a lineup for Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed. The band now features Tate along with bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNEDIOWHITESNAKEQUIET RIOT), guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001), keyboardistRandy Gane and new additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT,HURRICANE) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DCDIORHINO BUCKET).

Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records recently released “Cold”, the new single from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, via iTunes. The track, which was mixed by Anthony Focx (NEWSTEDAEROSMITH,NIGHT RANGERTED NUGENT), will also be released as a special limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single with a newly recorded version of theQUEENSRŸCHE classic “Silent Lucidity” — mixed by Jürgen Engler(DORODIE KRUPPS) — on the B-side.

“Cold” comes off QUEENSRŸCHE‘s new album, “Frequency Unknown”, which was released on April 23 via Deadline Music/Cleopatra. The CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California.

“Frequency Unknown” is packaged with bonus tracks — fourQUEENSRŸCHE classics, newly recorded, including the smash hit single“Silent Lucidity”. Guest musicians on the CD include K.K. Downing(JUDAS PRIEST), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Ty Tabor (KING’S X), Paul Bostaph (SLAYERTESTAMENTEXODUS), Lita FordBrad Gillis(NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and Craig Locicero(FORBIDDEN).