Geoff Tate might be moving on with his life with his own version of Queensryche, but it's only now he's moving forward that he can see how unhappy he used to be in the original Queensryche lineup.
Tate was kicked out of Queensryche in June last year, but a legal battle means there are now two versions of the band using the same name - one with the original backing band, and a new version fronted by Tate. Both have been recording a new album, and Tate's "Frequency Unknown" has been officially released today.
"I never really realized how slightly miserable I was, you know. I guess you get used to your misery," Tate told Eddy Trunk (via Blabbermouth). "You get kind of used to the way things are and you just accept it and you live with it. But then when you're divorced from that situation and you realize, 'Gosh, I'm so much happier now.'"
"It's a wonderful revelation really to realize that you don't have to be miserable. You don't have to be stuck in the situation you're in. Life goes on and it is what you make it. So I'm busy making it."
There may be two versions of Queensryche at the moment, but that will end in November when a court decides which version of the band gets control of the official Queensryche band name.
For now, Tate says old Queensryche fans shouldn't be taking sides:
"I don't think people have to choose a side at all. These things happen with people, relationships, bands, where people go their separate ways ... If you don't like something somebody's doing then no big deal. Go listen to somebody else. It's not worth getting all worked up about, and getting emotional about. It's music. It's subjective. It's art."
Hear Geoff Tate's full interview with Eddy Trunk here: