Following one of the biggest metal dramas in the past several years, longtime Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate was kicked out of the group, leaving him to front his own version of Queensryche, causing massive confusion among the fans, driving the entire situation to the point of sheer ridicule.
The cover of Tate's latest release "Frequency Unknown" serves as a good example, as it features the band's Triryche logo on a fist along with letters FU, which was mostly interpreted as a rather crass massage to the original band members.
In a recent interview with Knac.com, current vocalist of the original Queensryche, Todd La Torre, shared his opinions on Geoff's actions. Although giving Tate all the respect he deserves for his musical accomplishments, La Torre wasn't afraid to speak out against him either.
"That's not good for the brand, that's not good for Queensryche to have the Triryche in front of an 'FU.' That's not good. That doesn't add credibility or respect to the name and brand of Queensryche. It's immature, it's angry, it's um, stupid. It is, it's stupid, I said it, I don't give a s--t. Stupid," the vocalist said. "I don't even acknowledge it as a Queensryche album! It's not Queensryche.
"The guys that play on the record are not the guys that you see onstage and aren't the guys that wrote the songs. It's a revolving door dude, it's not Queensryche. What I'm in is Queensryche. I'm with the 3 core founding members and writers of the band Queensryche that wrote the songs that you and I liked and loved, okay?
"And we're the guys that write the songs, we're the guys that perform the songs, and we're the guys that are on the record. That's a band! That's [the other QR] not a band. You can put the Triryche on it all you want, but it's not Queensryche and I don't care what you call it, the majority of the fans aren't acknowledging it as Queensryche either. It might look good on paper, but to me, it's disrespectful to do that."
Overall, La Torre has described such moves as being "below the belt" adding that "the cheap shots" are not what Queensryche is about. "Queensryche was always more respectful and intelligent of that," the singer said.
Geoff Tate is currently looking to award the haters of the "Frequency Unknown" by inviting everyone willing enough to submit their own ranting video regarding the release. On the other hand, the original Queensryche have recently presented the fans with their new single "Redemption," with a set of about 10 scattered tour dates keeping them busy throughout the summer.