Geoff Tate: 'I Dont Want to Be in a Band Anymore'

Singer talks about the benefits of going solo.

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Queensryche singer Geoff Tate has revealed that he never wants to be in a band again.

In a new interview with Metal Kaoz he notes (via Blabbermouth), that he would rather collaborate with different groups of people and release records at his own pace:

"I've spent the majority of my career waiting for the guys in the band to write, or to come up with songs, or to be ready to write, or to be done with going to the dentist so they can come to rehearsal, and that kind of thing, and I'm just done with that now; I don't need to have to worry about that, so I can put out records at my own pace.

"I either write by myself or I write with a group of people that I choose, which I'm very into; I like working with, in a collaborative sense, different people, and I don't ever wanna be in a band again - a band band that sticks together through thick and thin and all that. I've already done that. I wanna work with different groups of people and I wanna constantly be changing it up to make it interesting and different. And I wanna play with as many great players as I possibly can."

Tate has also commented on the upcoming court case between him and the other members of Queensryche which is scheduled for November:

"Honestly, what the whole thing is about is money. It's a corporate dispute, and corporate disputes have a formula that is in place that is set by the state and the federal government as to how the dispute is settled. So that's what we'll be going with - the formula that the state set forth.

"And it's just about money - who is going to compensate who? That's strictly the whole thing. It doesn't have anything to do with who said what, it's just a matter of exchanging money, which is kind of ridiculous at this point, but that's what it's about."

25 comments sorted by best / new / date

    sideslick
    "A band band that sticks together through thick and thin and all that. I've already done that." No, you apparently haven't, considering your legal-troubles with the rest of your former band-mates. You did not stick together through "thick and thin". I really can't stand this guy!
    Myryan
    If he wants to be solo cant he just use his own name instead of trying to use the band name?
    Ecnal
    Maybe he is saying this just in case he loses out on the court battle for the use of the Queensryche name. This way he can say that he always wanted to be a solo artist anyway.
    Ecnal
    Blah, blah, blah... and what will you be complaining about tomorrow Geoff?
    pwrmax
    The juxtaposition of the article's picture and title could not be any better!
    stogma
    Geoff, you'd most likely be a nobody if you didn't have DeGarmo to write with all those years ago. He was the fundamental piece of the Queensryche writing puzzle. Stop bitching and pull your head out of your arse!
    Skodward714
    "I've spent the majority of my career waiting for the guys in the band to write, or to come up with songs, or to be ready to write, or to be done with going to the dentist so they can come to rehearsal, and that kind of thing" That's one of the whiniest things I've heard in a while. "My bandmates aren't doing things exactly when I want them to, waaaaah!"
    Face R1pper
    When you're in a professional band: keeping a schedule, writing songs, and attending rehearsal aren't exactly optional tasks.
    TomWhaley
    As a Queensryche fan who was very invested in this drama (come on, when it first hit it was SO entertaining), Tate articles now bore me.
    kLeft
    "I don't want to be in a band anymore, except my own band where I don't have to deal with my former bandmates because f*ck those guys."