Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate recently discussed his ongoing dispute with the members of the group's original lineup, attributing the band's success mostly to his own work and creativity.
While discussing his chances to win the rights to use the Queensryche name with KIRO Radio (via Blabbermouth), Tate commented that "it's about money."
"It's a matter of who has put the most time and energy into it," the frontman said. "I'm the major songwriter, I've written 81 percent of the songs in the Queensryche catalog. It's my creativity, my vision, my art. And it's about money. Down and dirty. It's about who has the money to buy the band."
Tate commented that he had filed an injunction because Queensryche is "a brand and brands have a value and they can be damaged."
When it comes to differences between his version of the band and the one Todd La Torre is fronting, singer said that "most people are pretty smart and they can figure it out."
"I think one of the situations, creatively, that came to a head and caused the breakup of the band was that you have a camp that was still exploring and still working to redefine themselves with every record. And you had a camp that wanted to stay the same. Sort of rest on their laurels and play the same kind of songs. So it's philosophical difference, really."
Tate was kicked out of Queensryche in June 2012 after fronting the band for three decades. The dispute over the rights to use the Queensryche name will be finally decided in court this November.