Geoff Tate on Queensryche Case: 'The Whole Experience Was Such a Betrayal'

"I'm very happy that it's over and done, it's been long, bitter two years," the singer adds.

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As Queensryche case was finally settled with the band's original three members gaining sole rights to the Ryche moniker, singer Geoff Tate was asked to comment on the settlement and walking out as the lawsuit's losing side.

"I think it's great. I'm very happy that it's over and done and we can all move on with our lives," Tate told Billboard. "It's been long, bitter two years, I'll tell you. I'm glad it's over."

Noting how the "slow going" settlement took too long to reach and comparing it with the Pink Floyd case, Geoff wasn't able to share much of the settlement's specific details, despite being a bit pressed by the interviewer.

"Oh gosh, you know, the whole experience was such a betrayal and so negative that I'm really ready to get past it, not think about it anymore, and it doesn't really bear looking back on in my mind right now. [Laughs] That's the last thing I want to do is think about it some more," the vocalist noted.

As reported, the settlement left Geoff with rights to perform "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime 2" efforts, hence the Pink Floyd vs. Roger Waters comparison. Briefly touching on the mentioned albums, Tate didn't discard the possibility of touring the classic records sometime in the near future.

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    Betrayal? M*ther****er, you threatened them with a knife, spit on your drummer and constantly ripped them in interviews, and you wanna call it a betrayal?! Please do us all a favor and just disappear you egomaniacal twat!!
    Yeah, he's kind of being douchy about it, but they did fire his wife from band manager and his kid from fan club president. But still, he shouldn't have done what he has done.
    His wife shouldn't have used band funds to promote an unrelated act, especially without the rest of the band's consent
    I think he had every right to be douchy about it but who wouldn't be in that situation? If I was Geoff Tate I would have done the same thing. Then again I wouldn't try to take full control over my band.
    Oh, I removed my band members from the writing process, made the band totally about me, made financial deals and illegally used band money behind their backs, verbally and physically assaulted them, but I was the one who was betrayed.
    It's wot he does. Now he's renamed the dates he had already booked with the misleading title "Queensryche Farewell Tour". The biggest douche and manipulator till the very end.
    I think calling "Operation: Mindcrime 2" a "classic record" is a bit of a stretch UG...
    I think calling "Operation: Mindcrime" an "effort" is a bit of a stretch.
    His lawyers should have argued that Queensryche should not be entitled to use letters in his name: 'Jeffrey Wayne Tate', i.e. that they be known as Qusch from now on.
    I do hate to admit but queenscryche did need a new dinger whom could sing live good...Geoff vocals live I noticed have slacked live, but well on the really good side now there is Geoff Tate and queenscryche, that will release music now.
    "Geoff Tate was asked to comment on the settlement and walking out as the lawsuit's losing side." Uh, no he wasn't and that sentence doesn't even make sense (no, not just the grammar). There is no "losing side" in a settlement like this. By definition. Stick to directly copy/pasting your articles, UG Team. Seriously. When you try to use your own words, things tend to go wrong.
    I totally agree with you. There is no loss here (except of name). QR can now do what they want and what fans want them to do, and GT can continue doing what he wants to do under his own name. That's a win-win for both, right? So that means two awesome new releases to look forward to, just like last year.
    Losing the rights to Queensrÿche name seems like a really major defeat to me.
    Oh I was hoping that since this was finally all settled, I wouldn't be seeing it everyday huh UG.