Seattle rockers QUEENSRŸCHE canceled their appearance last night at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah as the support act for SCORPIONS because “some of the members” of the band could not make the gig “for personal reasons.” Rather than scrap the show completely, QUEENSRŸCHE lead singer Geoff Tate decided to play the concert with his solo band, with which he has been touring for the past few months.
During an appearance yesterday on KBER 101, Salt Lake City, Utah’s rock station, Tate was asked if there was “anything serious” going on with QUEENSRŸCHE and whether everything was going to be OK. “I think so,” Geoff replied. “It’s just kind of one of those weird anomalies that pop up now and then.”
Tate also revealed that his sophomore solo album, which was recorded earlier this year, is tentatively due in October.
You can now listen to the interview below.
Tate released his first solo CD in 2002 on Sanctuary Records. Self-titled, the LP was a huge departure from the work he had previously done with QUEENSRŸCHE.
When asked about the sound of his new solo album, Tate told AnthologySD.com, “Well, it’s very different from my last one, for sure. It’s a new bunch of people I’ve been working with to write and record it, so that changes things. When you’re working with different people, it really changes the record. This one is really hard rock. The last one was really all over the place with different styles of music and everything, but this one really keeps with the hard rock style. It does it in kind of a different way — more of my way or what I would envision. I guess it’s experimental in some ways, while in others it’s very traditional. What I tried to do was take traditional rock instrumentation and apply it in kind of a different song structure. That’s what I would best describe it as. [laughs]”
Regarding his current solo tour, Tate told the Lincoln Journal Star, “QUEENSRŸCHE is not doing much together this year. I wanted to keep touring and I wanted to move in a different direction. It’s kind of a singer’s dream, really. You’re not competing with the other instruments, especially the drum kit. The whole idea was hatched after a dinner party at my house one night.”