Queensryche's Geoff Tate Vows Solo Album Will Rock

Queensryche singer Geoff Tate vows his upcoming solo album will rock.

Queensryche's Geoff Tate Vows Solo Album Will Rock
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Queensryche singer Geoff Tate vows his upcoming solo album will rock. He's at the centre of a storm of controversy after his bandmates formed Rising West, pledging to play tracks from Queensryche's first five albums. Speculation the prog-metal giants are experiencing tension has been played down although their official website promotes Tate's solo work while it doesn't mention Rising West. The frontman hasn't discussed the splinter group either and insists he's concentrating on his own projects. Tate tells AnthologySD: "The album is recorded now, so I'm happy about that. I don't know exactly when it's coming out. "It's very different from the last one. It's a new bunch of people I've been working with to write and record it, so that changes things. This one is really hard rock. The last one was really all over the place with different styles of music and everything, but this one really keeps with the hard rock style. "It does it in kind of a different way more of my way, or what I would envision. I guess it's experimental in some ways while in others it's very traditional." Tate says he enjoys writing songs about people because they're open to wider interpretation by those who hear them. But despite the content of landmark Queensryche album "Operation Mindcrime", he distances himself from being called a political lyricist. "I really am not interested in politics at all," he says. "In fact, I really loathe the subject. I don't know why I keep getting labelled as that sort of writer. I guess it's because the 'Mindcrime' record had a lot of political overtones. "But when you break down that record it's not about politics at all it's a love story between two people who happen to be living in a tumultuous time politically. I just set the tone for the story to take place. I think people took that as me having a lot of opinions about politics. But I really don't. "Not many people can discuss those subjects without getting all fired up. It's hard to have a conversation that doesn't come to fist-fights." Tate is enjoying the experience of his solo acoustic tour, saying it gives him a greater opportunity to interact with the audience than he'd get at a Queensryche show. "With Queensryche we've all got in-ear monitors so we can't really hear what the audience is saying," he explains. "The music is incredibly loud as well, so it really blocks out any interaction. "Acoustically it's a completely different scenario. I had a recent one where there was a couple having an argument during one of my songs. After the song I commented on what they were talking about I worked it into the set-up of the next song we were going into. The audience just loved that. It's something that normally wouldn't happen at a Queensryche show I couldn't have heard them." Thanks for the report to ClassicRockMagazine.com.

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    Blume
    Uggh. Why do I sigh everytime I see Queensryche in the UG news? I once really admired this band but now they've become a circus (still not on a Mustaine scale though). I might just listen to this album to see how it compares to Dedicated to Chaos. Tate gets a lot of flack for that album but I swear freakin' Michael Wilton forgot how to play guitar or just didn't give a shit during the writing process. Or maybe Kelly wouldn't let him play to his potential. I dunno....someone from the band needs to step up and admit that DTC was a load of crap.
    codyjt5150
    yeaaaa no, after operation mindcrime and empire, they turned to absolute garbage.
    District
    Blume wrote: Uggh. Why do I sigh everytime I see Queensryche in the UG news? I once really admired this band but now they've become a circus (still not on a Mustaine scale though). I might just listen to this album to see how it compares to Dedicated to Chaos. Tate gets a lot of flack for that album but I swear freakin' Michael Wilton forgot how to play guitar or just didn't give a shit during the writing process. Or maybe Kelly wouldn't let him play to his potential. I dunno....someone from the band needs to step up and admit that DTC was a load of crap.
    I think it is fair to say, based on Jason Slater's comments on the QR messageboard, that no one in the entire band was giving a shit about the direction of any album sinds MCII. It seems Geoff Tate was the only one with an opinion and the others were lazy and now stab him in the back by forming Rising West.