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GEOFF TATE Speaks on QUEENSRYCHE Split

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 4:38 PM


Says Tate,"Queensr˙che has always been my idea, starting from the first record"

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Andy Greene of RollingStone.com filed this report:

QUEENSRźCHE fans were stunned earlier this month when the news surfaced that the group had fired lead singer GEOFF TATE. In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Tate reveals that he was equally stunned to learn that he was being forced out of the group he founded three decades ago.

"We’ve all known each other for 30 years," he says. "Our kids have all grown up together. We’ve been to barbecues together, and weddings, and divorces, and births of our children. For it to end in such a hostile way, it’s just mind-boggling. I just don’t understand it."

We spoke with Tate about his difficult final days in QUEENSRYCHE, the business disagreements that drove them apart, their backstage fight in Brazil, the upcoming lawsuit over the name rights and his future plans as a solo artist.

Q: When exactly did the tensions within Queensr˙che first surface?

A: "Well, with every band there's tensions that arise over time. You've got different personalities all mixed together and there's always that kind of thing going on. We'd never been a band that had lots of tensions. We've had challenges with making records and with personnel changes. When Chris DeGarmo left the band in 1998, it was a pretty big hit for us. But really, this new thing is kind of out of the blue. I wasn't expecting anything like this at all."

Q: How did this new thing begin?

A: "I think it really began around February of this year. It mainly started with a disagreement about economics, about moving our merchandising to a third party. We had control over our own merchandising company for years and years and we ran it ourselves. It's a very successful entity, and the other three guys wanted to take it out of our hands and hand it over to somebody else and pay them more money to operate it, which just seemed liked a ridiculous business idea to me. That's really where the disagreement started."

Q: Where did things go from there?

A: "It forced us into trying to talk sense into them, our manager and myself and our business manager, trying to get them to see this was not a good deal. Why were they so adamant about taking money out of our pockets and handing it to somebody else? Our manager found another company that would do it for considerably less and they ultimately went with that."

Q: How about musically? Were you guys seeing eye-to-eye on the sound of the band at this point?

A: "Well, this is kind of a weird situation too. In the press release they said there were "creative differences." But to have creative differences, you have to have two entities or more offering up creative ideas. And that just wasn't the case. Queensr˙che has always been my idea, starting from the first record. Queensr˙che is about albums. It's about concepts and themes, and those concepts were mine. [Laughs] I started out with The Warning, bringing those ideas in for Rage For Order, Operation: Mindcrime... all the albums. I write 81% of the music and the lyrics. Of the 144 songs that Queensr˙che has released, I've written 116 of those. I am the creative energy in the band, especially since Chris left. When he was in the band it was more of a shared thing between him and I. But once he left, the burden was on me. I don't consider it necessarily a burden. That's what I do. I'm a creative person. I write everyday and I'm constantly coming up with creative ideas. I present them to the other guys and they go, "Yeah, sure, that sounds good to us."

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