Geoff Tate has told his side of being fired from Queensryche, including the moment when he "lost it" and attacked drummer Scott Rockenfield, and claims that the band's actions were motivated by greed.
The band fired Geoff last week and wished him the best for his future endeavours, but reports detailing a fight before a show in Brazil suggested a more dramatic ousting.
Geoff disputed claims that he drew a knife on another member of the band after overhearing them talk about firing him.
"There was no knife involved," he told Rolling Stone (via Classic Rock). "Before the show we had a meeting and I asked them straight up about the rumours I'd heard about them replacing me. They said they weren't planning on replacing me, but they had just fired our manager, our office assistant and one of the guitar techs who all happened to be my family members.
"I asked them, Why is this happening?' They couldn't give me a straight answer, or any answer that made any kind of business sense. It seemed like a personal vendetta against me.
"We went to do the show. I'm getting ready by my station and Scott looks at me, smirks and says: We just fired your whole family and you're next.' I just lost it. I tried to punch him. On my way I managed to shove Wilton, and, really, that was it."
Now the singer plans to take his former bandmates to court, and claims they don't have a right to fire him and continue using the Queensryche name without him.
"Of the 144 songs Queensryche has released, I've written 116 of those," he said. "I'm a 25 percent holder in our companies. I think it's just business cut me out and split 25 percent and hire some young guy that's going to work for a weekly wage so they make more money. It's just ridiculous."