Queensryche Court Documents Reveal Tate Secrets

he band explain in detail why they chose to fire singer Geoff Tate - and it's not just because of his "unprovoked attack" on other band members.

Queensryche Court Documents Reveal Tate Secrets
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Queensryche have explained in detail why they chose to fire Geoff Tate from the band. Their story was revealed in court documents as part of a lawsuit initiated by Tate to take control of the Queensryche name. In their statement, which has been shared by Blabbermouth, the band summarise their history and the increasing level of control that Tate and his wife Susan built for themselves within the band: "Once Susan Tate was installed as manager, the Tates proceeded to take full control of the band. Geoff Tate began working with outside writers and regularly rejecting music offered by the band." They claim that the Tates took control of the budgeting and writing process, and manipulated the other members both financially and with threats that Geoff would leave the band. The band describe how the Tate partnership may have influenced the band's financial downfall, though it does not appear to mention the general decline in music sales over the last decade: "Under Tate leadership, Queensryche has produced three albums to wildly declining sales. 'Operation: Mindcrime II' has sold only 150,000 copies to date, compared to 500,000 for the original 'Operation: Mindcrime' in the first year alone, moving on to over a million a few years later." The following albums, "American Soldier" and "Dedicated To Chaos" only sold 60,000 and "an abysmal 20,000 copies" respectively. The tipping point came when the Tates allegedly engaged in a deal to produce a film based on "Operation: Mindcrime" without the band's knowledge. A disagreement over the secret deal led to Geoff's "unprovoked attack" on Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton before a show in Brazil. Coupled with Geoff's "erratic and bizarre behavior", which included "telling the audience they 'sucked'", the band voted to replace the singer. Now the band say their fortunes have changed, with two sold-out shows and the potential to book over $4 million in tour dates before the trial even begins. Whether Tate will continue to earn a share of this revenue, or even earn the Queensryche name, is up to the court to decide.

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    onetonryan
    Did they not learn from Spinal Tap about having the singer's significant other manage the band?
    seanjtysoe
    well if this is true then tate should not be allowed to use the queensryche name.
    ThrashMetal014
    It's an awful idea to take your girlfriend/wife on tour with you. Why the heck was he letting her manage the band???
    Dr. Knox666
    ThrashMetal014 wrote: It's an awful idea to take your girlfriend/wife on tour with you. Why the heck was he letting her manage the band???
    Damn right. Chicks = Trouble. Look what happened when Sepultura was managed by Max's wife.
    karpis
    gray96 wrote: Dr. Knox666 wrote: ThrashMetal014 wrote: It's an awful idea to take your girlfriend/wife on tour with you. Why the heck was he letting her manage the band??? Damn right. Chicks = Trouble. Look what happened when Sepultura was managed by Max's wife. Aw, you beat me to it.
    Tell it to Ozzy...
    District
    suicidalpoptart wrote: more like geoff taint amirite guys?
    Nice quotin' Mike Portnoy there. But I guess you're right.
    tonello
    Well, I hope that La Torre can keep his act together, and this once great band can be great again.
    Lightning_Ray
    A disagreement over the secret deal led to Geoff's "unprovoked attack" on Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton before a show in Brazil. Coupled with Geoff's "erratic and bizarre behavior", which included "telling the audience they 'sucked'", the band voted to replace the singer.
    Not sure about the other acusations, but this one's most likely true, he did the same at Rocklahoma this year.
    District
    I read a lot of those declarations and it seems I have to adjust my opinion on the matter. It might be a step forward for the band to go on without Tate, who can pursue his favorite music genre under his solo banner. I don't think he'll win the case, judging on the defendant's response.
    Countsluggo
    The guy from Crimson Glory is a good vocalist. Bring back degarmo and I bet the album is killer.
    champbassist
    onetonryan wrote: Did they not learn from Spinal Tap about having the singer's significant other manage the band?
    This was the exact same thing that came to my mind too. Wonder if Susan Tate "dresses like an Australian's nightmare".
    MrDo0m
    I used to feel bad for the guy but once I found out that he let his wife run the band, not anymore. Oh well, I hope for the best for him anyway.
    Retardwitguitar
    No way they win the lawsuit - He's the only one left with any legitimate claim. He was there since the start, and he's been involved in the writing of pretty much all the material.
    rockgodman
    Ha did they seriously compare the album sales from an album released in 1989 to Operation Mindcrime II which was released in 2006? Like really? Not really a good comparison when it comes to album sales.
    gray96
    Did they not learn from Spinal Tap about having the singer's significant other manage the band?
    Or Sepultura, for that matter....
    gray96
    Dr. Knox666 wrote: ThrashMetal014 wrote: It's an awful idea to take your girlfriend/wife on tour with you. Why the heck was he letting her manage the band??? Damn right. Chicks = Trouble. Look what happened when Sepultura was managed by Max's wife.
    Aw, you beat me to it.
    Blume
    If Yoko and Valarie Bert. have taught us anything, never get the wifes involved! If this is true, Susan can f*ck off for ruining one of my favorite bands and Geoff can take a flyin' leap after her.
    thamorse
    @Spychosis Sharon was his manager before they were married, so it's the reverse of this situation.
    swave75
    I agree with the above statement. That and it would help bring back some old fans.
    skild sic
    such a bummer good band gone bad due to the greed most wealthy people in this world love so much boo
    kiba56
    Id like to see them work there problems out and still be able to have geof tate in the band still. Heck I lvoe there song i dont beleive in love...with some bands you jsut cant replace the snger and in my opinion this is a band that the singer just cant be replaced. Id say since they got rid of him they should stop touring and making records
    Miyagi84
    Record Sales are bad for every band, unless your metallica, Lil Wayne, or Rihanna. The bands argument on the grounds that their poor sales is due to Tate and not outside, external circumstances is shit. Also, a case of Life Imitating Art Imitating life with the Spinal-Tap esque wife/girlfriend controlling the lead singer and tearing the band apart. Hilarious!