QUEENSRŸCHE Drummer Says Frustration Is Normal Part Of Songwriting Process

September 15, 2004

In a recent interview with Canada's Chart Attack, QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfeld was asked if there was friction within the the group's camp over the band's musical direction on their last album, 2003's "Tribe". "It's funny, we always go through these frustration stages a few months prior to making a record, because of the fact that we're always trying collectively to try find an idea or theme, something to give us a direction, to spark an idea for us to make a record," Rockenfeld explained. "There was this frustration last summer when people were off doing solo projects and we weren't able to talk to each other on a daily basis. But after everybody got done doing all that stuff and the early fall rolled around, we sat down and, because of those trips during the summer — when [vocalist] Geoff [Tate] actually kind of got on this motorcycle trip where he crossed the U.S. and experienced things that were going on — he kept a journal which became the theme for the record. And that was the catalyst. It's funny. It's kind of a synchronicity type of thing that happens with us. The stuff we had done before Geoff came back turned out to be this stuff that fit exactly with what he wanted to do." Read more.

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