Following his surprise exit from Queensryche this month, Geoff Tate has announced the signing of a multi-album solo deal. According to Noisecreep, the singer has signed a worldwide contract with InsideOut Music. Said Tate of the deal:
"I'm very excited to join forces with InsideOut Music. They are very committed to progressive music and care deeply for their artists, working together with them to bring music lovers worldwide some of the most compelling rock music available."
Tate's first record with InsideOut is scheduled for release this fall. Meanwhile, Queensryche are set to continue with vocalist Todd La Torre from Crimson Glory. In an official statement drummer Scott Rockenfield cited creative differences as the reasons for Tate's departure:
"We want our fans to know that we hoped to find a common resolution, but in the end parting ways with Geoff was the best way for everyone to move forward in a positive direction. We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors. We can't wait to bring Queensryche to our fans with Todd behind the microphone."
However, this citing of creative differences has been disputed by a number of reports which have credited a violent outburst from Tate following talk of his firing as the reason.
Tate performed as Queensryche without his fellow band members in a support slot for the Scorpions this month, explaining that several of his band mates had failed to show up:
"Although I would have really loved for all of us to play together, it wasn't possible for them.I couldn't miss playing for one of the best rock audiences in the world and opening for one of my all-time favourite bands for anything. I plan to rock Salt Lake City today."
Queensryche were, at this time, performing as Rising West, with La Torre on vocals.