Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate was interviewed on the May 15 edition of 99.1 CJAM-FM’s “The Signals Of Intuition” radio show. You can now listen to the chat below.
Asked about the settlement he reached with his former bandmates over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name, Tate said: “It feels great, actually — really good. We never went to court, which is good. We managed to come to an agreement and [reach] a settlement. So now, after two years, I know what I’m doing [laughs] in the future, which is a great feeling. ‘Cause it’s very unnerving not to be able to put a plan together — a solid plan — at least for me, ’cause I’m pretty goal-oriented. So, yeah, I feel really good about it.”
Tate also briefly touched upon his future plans, telling “The Signals Of Intuition”: “I’ve got all kinds of things in the works, actually. And I’ll be announcing, over the summer, solid plans as to what’s gonna happen.”
He added: “The farewell tour [for the Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE] ends, I think July 30 or July 31, somewhere around there. And I’m pretty much gonna disappear for awhile, I think. I’m gonna do some travelling, gonna go to Europe for awhile, and pretty much that’s what’s on my plate at the moment.”
As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE members Eddie Jackson (bass), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Michael Wilton (guitar) recently successfully agreed to purchase Geoff Tate’s portion of the QUEENSRŸCHE name. The band will buy out their former lead singer’s share of the QUEENSRŸCHE corporation while allowing him the ability to be the only one to perform “Operation: Mindcrime” and “Operation: Mindcrime II” in their entirety. Tate will no longer have use of the TriRyche logo or any other album images aside from the “Mindcrime” releases. He can only refer to himself as the “original lead singer of QUEENSRŸCHE” or “formerly of QUEENSRŸCHE” for a period of two years and that text must be at least 50 percent smaller than his name in all materials. After this two-year period passes, he can only refer to himself as Geoff Tate with no mention of QUEENSRŸCHE at all.
Geoff Tate will be able to finish any confirmed dates billed for his QUEENSRŸCHE lineup scheduled to terminate on August 31, 2014. As of September 1, there will be only one QUEENSRŸCHE entity and that will consist of Eddie Jackson, Todd La Torre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton. This lineup will continue to perform selections from their entire musical catalog, including songs from “Operation: Mindcrime”. The band will be able to use all TriRyche logos and previous album artwork for any purposes as needed by the corporation.