Geoff Tate Reacts to First Time Seeing Queensryche Perform Without Him

"It was eerie and weird."

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Geoff Tate Reacts to First Time Seeing Queensryche Perform Without Him

Geoff Tate revealed he heard his former band Queensryche with new vocalist Todd La Torre for the first time since parting ways, telling KOMP 92.3 (via Blabbermouth):

"Two weeks ago [on June 30], I was in Barcelona, Spain - I was playing with a band called Avantasia.

"I did a guest appearance with them - they were headlining the [Rock Fest Barcelona] festival, and I read on the roster list that Queensryche was opening the festival.

"So I went out earlier in the day and watched their set. It was the first time I'd seen the band play without me. I'd never heard their new singer.

"I watched them play and they were great, that singer is fantastic. He's amazing!

"He sounds just like me. It was eerie and weird.

"And then I met all the guys afterwards and shook hands with them, we hugged and said hello, and it was a really nice little reunion, you know, get-together."

Tate parted ways with Queensryche in 2012 after spending 30 years in the fold. You can check out some fan-filmed footage from the event in the embedded players below.

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15 comments sorted by best / new / date

    MurphySanders7 · Jul 17, 2017 02:36 PM
    I worked on the Rock Fest Festival in Barcelona last 30th of June, and was not too far from Geoff on the side of the stage while he was watching the Queensryche gig. Then, I saw him chatting during quite a long time with Queensryche's singer Todd La Torre and, from the distance, they looked to get along real well. They both seemed to enjoy a very interesting conversation, but I could not hear anything from where I was... Both are great singers and it's quite normal they show mutual respect to each other...
    Gray Lensman
    So, we're pretty sure there won't be any "Who's sitting at the grown-up table" drama, if Queensryche is ever enshrined at the Rock and Roll Hall of Any Genre For a Buck Museum?
    After all the drama that went through I'm glad they can chat and be mature about it. A surprise coming from an egomaniac as Geoff is
    Usually "weird" comes before "eerie". FUN FACT: Eerie in Arabic means my dick, literally.