Geoff Tate: 'They Paid Me a Large Amount of Money for Queensryche Name, So I'm Taking a Year Off'

artist: Geoff Tate date: 08/26/2014 category: music news
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Geoff Tate: 'They Paid Me a Large Amount of Money for Queensryche Name, So I'm Taking a Year Off'
Addressing the recently-closed Queensryche trial, singer Geoff Tate pointed out that his former bandmates have paid him a significant amount of money for the 'Ryche moniker, allowing him to "take a year off."

Chatting with Daytime at Nine, Tate noted, "We finally settled our differences with the former band. And they get to keep the name and I get to keep the large amount of money they paid me for it. Which is nice, so that's why I'm taking a year off. [Laughs]"

Asked about future plans, the vocalist added (via Blabbermouth), "I'm gonna make a new record. I'm going in the studio in the winter to record a trilogy project, which is three records, all at the same time, and then we'll release them over time. But it's a very involved story, in conceptual format, which is what I like to do."

Explaining the name switch that his rendition of Queensryche undertook, Geoff concluded, "We're calling the new band Operation: Mindcrime. And it's kind of similar to the situation that the guys in Black Sabbath went through when they couldn't use the name, so they used the name of one of their more popular records, 'Heaven And Hell,' and went out and made new music and toured with that name."
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