Pete Colantuono of EzineArticles.com recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
EzineArticles.com: How important was it to get [“Frequency Unknown”] out to remind people what Geoff Tate and the QUEENSRŸCHE brand was about?
Tate: How important was it for that? Well, that wasn’t my reasoning at all. My reasoning is I make records. I like to put them out and I’d like to put them out a lot more frequently and that’s what I’m gearing up for, is to be a lot more efficient with my time and putting out all the music that I have in my head. In the past, I had to work at other people’s pace, you know, so this is a real treat for me getting to work at my pace and work with the people I want to work with and not having that feeling that creatively my hands are tied, you know. So I’m very happy with that, very glad to be in the position I’m in now, very keen on moving ahead.
EzineArticles.com: There are some accusations flying around about some pretty wild behaviour on your part, can you put into context any of the following — apparently you spat on former drummer Scott Rockenfield, you pulled a knife on your bandmates, you abused your own audience, you took an audience member’s iPhone from them and threw it away and you love that fans hate the new album?
Tate: Well, you know, honestly, I can’t even be bothered to think about accusations; it’s so worthless, so ridiculous. I think if you really want to look at context, unfortunately, we’re in a lawsuit. Whenever anyone is in a lawsuit it becomes, often it becomes a preoccupation and a goal for one side to try to make the other side look bad. So I’ll just leave it at that.
EzineArticles.com: I believe a court case is looming in November to decide who owns the rights to the name and imagery. If you lose, what will you do then?
Tate: Ah, yeah, of course. It’s not really a matter of losing from my perspective, it’s just being done with it. I definitely just want to be done with it, I’m already emotionally done with it, I’ve ripped off the rearview mirror and I ain’t looking back. I don’t want to look back. The court date in November is to settle what we have, which is a corporate dispute and corporate disputes have a set formula that’s regulated by the state and the government to how the case is settled and really when it all comes down to it, it’s just a matter of compensation and that’s what it’ll be.
EzineArticles.com: I remember in the 1980s the David Lee Roth/VAN HALEN split and the METALLICA/Dave Mustaine feud, both got pretty ugly at times, do you see the same thing happening between yourself and your former band?
Tate: Well, I hope not. Yeah I hope not, I hope it’s all settled peacefully and civilly and we can go on our merry way, you know.
EzineArticles.com: Can you see yourself down the track returning to the original QUEENSRŸCHE?
Tate: Oh, absolutely not. What on earth for?
Read the entire interview at EzineArticles.com.