Geoff Tate: Queensryche 'Sliced Their Own Throat' By Firing Me

Singer talks exit in new interview.

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Queensryche singer Geoff Tate has been talking to Legendary Rock Interviews about his firing from the band, his formation of a new Queensryche (Tate's group is currently billed under the catchy monicker of "Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate The Original Voice") and the lawsuit that the original Queensrÿche have filed against their former singer.

Talking about his firing, Tate noted that the decision came as a "complete shock" to him:

"It was like a kick upside the head that I wasn't expecting at all, especially at this point in our career where we've been a successful band for 30 plus years and have a very respected name around the world. Why in the world would any SANE people launch this whole shakeup and fire everybody who is your support system and everyone who's involved with you, cancel all your income for the year and cut your head off by firing the face and voice of your band. They have basically sliced their own throat and rubbed the name of the band in the dirt in this quest of theirs and have no sane reason why such madness was necessary. It doesn't make any sense."

Tate also responded to the rumor that Queensryche with Todd La Torre had been using backing tracks featuring Tate's vocals at some early shows:

"Oh yeah, but to be honest, that's pretty evident. Queensryche has always used click tracks and backing vocals on the live presentations because Eddie can't really sing and we haven't had a decent singer in the band doing backgrounds since Chris left. In order to pull off the music you have to layer my voice in there so they used that and when they fired me and started doing shows they used the backing tracks that have guitar parts and keyboard parts and backing vocals."

Read the full interview here.

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    ProphetToJables
    "They have basically sliced their own throat and rubbed the name of the band in the dirt in this quest of theirs and have no sane reason why such madness was necessary. It doesn't make any sense." -Uses same band name.
    Drm316
    Lol reminds me of a picture I saw with what seemed to be a glass of orange juice and it read "I love alcohol and irony so much that I always get hammered with screwdrivers".
    Braykah
    Stop acting like the innocent victim, Geoff, your abuse of Queensrche's brand for personal gain was the reason that you got fired. Besides, if you're so butthurt about it, then stop using the band name.
    Rycher63
    Have I read that right, is GT 'suggesting' that even the guitars aren't live?
    scawti
    Some of their stuff has 6 different parts layered on the album, to try and represent live, they have some backing tracks to complement the live stuff. Nothing new, lots of bands do it. Though, I like how Rush uses manual triggers instead of click track
    jerkydog
    Queensryche is now just a Tribute band without Tate.
    Robslip
    I dont know if thats an accurate statement. The new Queensryche CD with Todd LaTorre is the best they have put out since Empire in my opinion. You can say Todd is a cover of Geoff,..but no way are they a cover band.
    Robslip
    Im sure Ill get blasted for this,.but in my opinion the new stuff with Todd is WAY better than Geoff's last 4 releases with the band. I feel like this is the album that should have followed Empire.
    marlam.molina
    without tate queensryche would never have made it big tate is queensryche he made them big no one has a voice like that