Tate demands Queensryche summit
Demand: Geoff Tate
Sacked Queensryche singer Geoff Tate has called on his former bandmates to sit in a room with him and explain their actions over the past few months.
He was dismissed by colleagues Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield in June following months of speculation, and replaced by Crimson Glory frontman Todd La Torre.
Since then a series of acrimonious statements have appeared. But in an upcoming episode of That Metal Show, Tate insists he’s still unsure of why things happened the way they did – and he’d like to be told.
Presented Eddie Trunk has revealed a quote from the interview in which the singer says: “I’d like to sit in a room with those gentlemen and have them tell me face-to-face what the situation is. Explain their actions.
“I’d like to know and actually understand their point of view. I’d like to see them talk to me rather than through the internet.
“Communication is a big part of any relationship, right? If nobody’s talking then nothing’s getting settled. My door is open.”
Trunk reports: “We asked Geoff every tough question and he dodged nothing. He was honest in his assessment of what went down from his perspective.” The episode is set for broadcast on August 25.
The most recent development in the prog-metal outfit’s fallout came when Tate’s lawyer argued that a court ruling allowing Queensryche to continue using the band name also allowed the singer to use it too, raising the prospect of two outfits touring under the title.
At the same time, his former colleagues revealed he was still blocking access to their official website and social media channels, forcing them to launch a new online home.
Meanwhile, La Torre has hailed Queensryche’s new songwriting sessions as they prepare to make their first album without the man who’d fronted them since 1981.
The new man reports: “Listening to new material with vocals I recorded today. Oh… my… Gawd. It rocks!”
The untitled record is expected next year. Tate’s latest solo album is due for release in the coming months.