A fascinating six-minute EPK (Electronic Press Kit) from QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate, narrated by the singer himself, can be seen below.
The clip includes behind-the-scenes home-video and performance footage culled from Tate‘s personal archives, with Geoff offering insight on his life philosophy and revealing what makes him tick.
Below is a transcription of Tate‘s narration from the video (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
“My name is Geoff Tate. I’m a singer, songwriter, traveler.
“Oh, yeah. I love my job.
“I’m one of the founding members of QUEENSRŸCHE. We’ve been a band for 30 years. We have twelve studio albums that have sold about 25 million copies.
“I feel incredibly fortunate that I have been able to travel and play my music for people in 46 different countries around the world.
“Music is my great passion. But I’ve been told that my passion for living borders on extreme.
“I guess I’m an experience junkie. I crave adventure. In fact, if there’s any excuse for adventure, I’m there.
“I usually bring a couple of motocycles on tour with me [and] ride between cities.
“I love wine and I have my own brand. It’s called Insania. We do a red and a white, and we just released our fourth vintage in 2010.
“Motorcycles. Music. Wine. These are some, but not all the passions in my life.
“I’m a family man. And my wife and I have four beautiful daughters. And recently we were blessed with our first grandchild.
“Man, what a celebration.
“It has been quite an experience becoming a grandfather. I had no idea it would affect me so profoundly.
“I’ve had a glimpse of my own mortality. So now I’m pumping up the volume.
“You know, they say life is for living, so pack everything in you can. And I’ve reached the stage…
“Oh, wait. Watch this… [pauses for clip of Tate jumping up in the air while performing on stage]. I love that.
“Oh, there’s my beautiful wife Susan.
“So I’ve reached the stage in life where I’m fascinated by the idea of what’s next.
“They say, if you wanna move in a particular direction, lean that way.
“This is life. It’s happening right now. And I say, bring it on.”
Tate, who was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in June after fronting the group for three decades, recently sought to prevent his former bandmates from touring and operating under the QUEENSRŸCHE name without him. While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal reason why Tate couldn’t also use the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. “I don’t see any reason that Mr. Tate can’t have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand,” Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13 court hearing. “I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I’m sure the market can get these things sorted out,” she added.
On September 2, Tate announced that he was launching his own version of QUEENSRŸCHE with RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer, former QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE and WHITESNAKE bassist Rudy Sarzo and former MEGADETH and KING DIAMOND guitarist Glen Drover. Also on board in the new group are returning QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Kelly Gray — who played with the band from 1998 until 2001 and also produced several of their albums — and keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with QUEENSRŸCHE and Geoff‘s solo group in the past.
Tate recently completed work on his sophomore solo album, “Kings And Thieves”, for an October release via InsideOut Music.
Pictured below: Geoff Tate (photo by Stephanie Cabral)