Geoff Tate says the on-going Queensryche drama, which looks like a serious headache to outsiders, is proving good for business.
For those who don't know, Tate was fired from Queensryche after decades as their singer in 2012. He went on to form his own version of the same band, promoting a long and confusing battle over the band name which will be decided by a court later this year.
"What we're doing in November is, we're dissolving our corporation," explains Tate in an interview with the Classic Metal Show. "Who has the money to buy it will buy it. Whoever has the most money will get it. Its as simple as that."
Tate says that the extensive media coverage of they on-going drama - which includes how his new album had to be remixed after a fan backlash - will do nothing to effect the result of the court hearing.
"All [the articles] did was create publicity, which Queensryche hasn't had in years. And I've gotta tell you, Gene Simmons was right: any publicity is good publicity," said Tate. "We've had more sellouts on this Queensryche run that I've done than Queensryche has had in ten years."
Another controversial moment in Tate's recent history was when he took a fan's camera phone and threw it into the audience. But now the singer claims it wasn't out of spite, and that the owner of the phone was laughing about it later.
"He was in our meet-and-greet after the show and we were laughing about it. I said, 'Oh, man, I'm sorry; did your phone get damaged?' He said, 'Don't worry about it.' We were happy and we had drinks backstage," said Tate.
Hear the full interview with Geoff Tate on the Classic Metal Show here: