Backstage Pass Travel
Spend a week with Geoff Tate of Operation Mindcrime in some of the upcoming tours scheduled.
The Pacific Northwest seems to have a little bit everything. You can experience open pacific ocean vistas, the puget sound teaming with marine life, majestic mountain ranges and rolling farm land. Shopping and dining are top tier. The wine region in Woodinville, right outside of Seattle, is the second largest in the country and the music scene is world famous. Geoff Tate was raised on the puget sound since he was 5 years old and has called the Seattle area his home ever since. He was part of the music scene that brought the world Queensryche, Heart, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Sound Garden and many more. Now Geoff would like to share his home and give people his own view of what makes the area so special.
On this week long sightseeing tour you will share experiences unique to this area with Geoff and his fellow musicians. You will attend 2 rehearsal days with Geoff and his band as they get ready for the Empire and Rage for Order tour. You will ride ferry boats to historic sea port towns and experience the culture of the people native to the area. You will spend every day of these 8 days with Geoff experiencing where he calls home.
We will collect you from the Seattle – Tacoma International Airport or Everett Paine Field and bring you where you can unpack and unwind. We will have a chance to hang with the band members in town for rehearsal and the other musicians in town for this tour.
We will go to downtown Seattle to wander Pike Place market and visit the Space Needle and Seattle Aquarium. We can take photos at the famed gum wall from the building Empires video. We will give you some free time to shop and wander around and then finish the night with a Pub crawl with Geoff’s guitarist Kieran Robertson. Don’t try to drink as much as the Scottish!!!
Go shooting with Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray or hiking with Emily and Susan Tate to the beautiful Wallace falls. Finish the afternoon and evening by attending Geoff Tate’s rehearsal with the band rehearsing Empire. Dinner with Geoff and the band provided.
Geoff will drive you across the Puget Sound by ferry boat to explore the old restored logging town of Port Gamble and the Victorian Seaport town of Port Townsend. We will explore the quaint shops as well as the wooden boat building school. Spend the night together in Port Townsend.
Breakfast in Port Townsend. Ferry ride back to the mainland to go back to rehearsal. Watch Rage for Order rehearsal and meet Art Cedar, a member of the Aleut nation of Alaska and a member of the Blackfeet nation of Montana. He is a traditional dancer in powwows all over the USA and Canada and a traditional man of his sacred and ceremonial ways of both his bloodlines. Art will prepare a buffalo dinner paired with Geoff’s Insania red wine.
Wake up and drive through the beautiful Skagit Valley to visit the town of La Conner on the Salish Sea for lunch and a walk around the town. LaConner is often voted the number 1 Washington State weekend getaway destination. Then take an hour long ferry boat ride to San Juan Island where we will stay the night.
Spend the day exploring San Juan Island. We will try and spot some whales as well as go out to Roche Harbor, a historic seaside resort, for lunch. We will walk out to the light house at Lime Kiln and look across the strait of Juan de Fuca to Canada.
We will take the ferry back to the mainland to deliver you back to the Sea-Tac airport for your flights home with your hearts full of memories and new friends!