Geoff Tate Talks More on Queensryche Split: 'I Wish We Could Have Settled It Like Gentlemen'
Frontman discusses his departure from the band, wishing that all the drama was avoided.
Posted on May 29, 2013 03:08 pm
Although it may seem like Geoff Tate was the one fueling the entire Queensryche drama during the past several months, the singer has recently expressed his regret over the way things have developed.
Tate also admitted that Queesryche was never much of a brotherhood, but rather a "bunch of kids that got together and achieved success at an early age.""I wish it happened differently," the vocalist tells Jam Magazine. "I wish it would have been handled with a lot more privacy and decorum. I wish we could have settled it like gentlemen and moved on with our lives without stretching it out for a year and playing it out on the Internet like some sick drama."
Frontman described the court case with his former bandmates as a corporate dispute, calling it once again a simple matter of affording the rights to Queensryche name. Tate made it clear that he is looking to get compensated, saying, "You cannot fire a corporate member without compensation and proper protocol, which happened in this case. I have to be compensated for my part in the corporation. If they can't pay me, I will get compensated in some other way. We have to figure out what that is. It is strictly nuts and bolts dollars."
Tate also stressed that the artistic freedom is what matters to him the most, regardless of the way the court dispute ends.
"I just want to be able to write what I feel," the vocalist said. "And I don't want to be dictated to by anyone. I don't want anyone to say, 'You can't do that because, fill in the blank!' I don't believe in categorization or genre-fication. I think that ruins art. I think that is elitist. Art is not meant to be confined or put in a box. It's an uphill climb, because so many people want you to conform. They want you to be what they think you should be."
As far as the Todd La Torre-fronted version of Queensryche goes, the group has recently premiered new single "Where Dreams Go to Die." La Torre recently lashed out at Tate, calling his actions "disrespectful" towards the entire brand and legacy of Queensryche.