QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate was interviewed on the latest edition of the weekly two-hour classic hard rock and metal show “Noize In The Attic” (web site). You can now listen to the program using the audio player below.
When asked if he would be receptive to the idea of former QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Chris DeGarmo rejoining the band if Chris expressed his desire to return to the group, Tate said, “I think it would be great! For me at least, he and I were very close working together. It was a good team… I’d definitely work with Chris again. We made plans to work together over the years at various times and sometimes we’ve gotten together and sometimes we haven’t. He’s just… I hate speaking for the man — he should speak for himself — but I think he’s just into a different part of his life [working as a professional charter pilot] and happy with that.”
Regarding whether he would ever consider performing the 1986 QUEENSRŸCHE “Rage For Order” in its entirety on a full tour, Tate said, “Probably not. We played the ‘Rage For Order’ album [as a one-off] in New York [last year], and that was really, really… How should I put it? It wasn’t very satisfying. I’ll put it that way. It’s not a record that has a lot of passion in it; it’s kind of cold and clinical. It was a record of its time. It’s not an album that has songs on it that resonate with me anymore as a person. So it’s not something that I would work very hard to put together. [Same thing with 1990’s] ‘Empire’. Honestly, that’s just not who I am. I’m more of an in-the-now person. I’m interested in what’s happening with life at the moment. I’m not at that stage in life where I’m interested in looking back.”
QUEENSRŸCHE‘s latest album, “Dedicated To Chaos”, sold 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 70 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, the epic concept album “American Soldier”, opened with 21,000 units back in April 2009 to enter the chart at No. 25. This was roughly half the first-week tally registered by QUEENSRŸCHE‘s “Operation: Mindcrime II” album, which shifted 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in April 2006 to debut at No. 14 on The Billboard 200 chart.
QUEENSRŸCHE‘s 2003 effort, “Tribe”, sold 20,000 copies in the first week while 1999’s “Q2K”, opened with sales of 28,000.
QUEENSRŸCHE‘s top-selling album by far is 1990’s “Empire”, which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original “Operation: Mindcrime” release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994’s “Promised Land” reached the same plateau in December 1994.