GEOFF TATE Says Legal Battle Over QUEENSRŸCHE Name 'Was A Waste Of Time And Energy And Money'

November 7, 2016

in a brand new interview with EonMusic, former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate was asked if his final album with the band, the much-maligned 2011 effort "Dedicated To Chaos", was the sound of a group falling apart. He responded: "No, not at all. That was an album that everyone in the band was really into. If you look at the writing credits on the record, you'll see that Scott [Rockenfield, drummer], Eddie [Jackson, bassist] and Michael [Wilton, guitarist] wrote more on that record than they had in years — they probably wrote more on that record than they had on any record in our career. So, no, it wasn't the sound of a band falling apart at all; in fact, at the time, I remember it being a wonderful experience where everybody was into it. We were all present at the recordings of the record, we were all in the same room, and it was a really good experience."

Asked if he thinks "Dedicated To Chaos" is just one of those great misunderstood records, Tate said: "You know, it's just one of those weird things about life: somebody passes along some information about some topic, and if enough people pick up on it and start passing around the information, it's perceived by many as being 'truth'. And it's a funny thing about the human condition, especially in modern times, that we don't question stuff so much anymore; we just read the headlines. The headlines, basically, form an opinion about almost everything. If you look at the current state of American politics, you'll see exactly what I mean; it's just a cesspool of misinformation that gets spread around."

He continued: "You've got to remember the 'Dedicated To Chaos' album, it came out when the band was splitting up, so there were all kinds of people speculating, and writing speculations about what was happening; they were blaming people, pointing fingers, and it was horrible, horrible break-up. Being part of [it] was such a waste of time and energy and money, but it is what happened and it is unfortunate. But you've got to remember the context of the situation; like so much in life, we forget about the context — what was going on at the time.

"The funny thing about that time as well, is that tour after 'Dedicated To Chaos' came out, that was out thirty-year anniversary tour, and we toured all over the world, and we played songs from all of our records — all the way back to our first EP, we played music from every one of our records, and it was a fantastic tour. Then after that, the whole thing kind of unravelled."

In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where Tate sued over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being fired in 2012. Original QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar),Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) responded with a countersuit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue as QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety live.

"Resurrection", the second album from Tate's new project OPERATION: MINDCRIME, was released on September 23 via Frontiers Music Srl. The album is the second part of Tate's musical trilogy.

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