Taking the operatic vocal stylings of Judas Priest's Rob Halford and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson to whole new levels, Queensr˙che's Geoff Tate remains one of heavy metal's most talented and technically accomplished singers. Born on January 14, 1959 in Stuttgart, West Germany, Tate and his family relocated to Tacoma, Washington soon after. Tate became interested in music at an early age, especially symphonic works (additionally, his family always sang around the house, while his aunt was a talented opera singer). But Tate initially focused on a career in football until a knee injury prevented him from pursuing it any further. Soon after, Tate began to sing in local high school rock bands, including one such group called Tyrant. After attending Tacoma Community College for a year, Tate took a job with the Washington State Search and Rescue Team, a group that was trained to assist in "the recovery of crashed planes and lost people," mainly in the Rocky Mountain region not far from Tacoma. Tate continued to sing with other bands during this time, including such local outfits as Myth and the Mob, the latter of which would become Queensr˙che by the early '80s.