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  EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GEOFF TATE OF QUEENSRŸCHE
5th November 2012


Chris Dale and Steve Goldby

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Queensrÿche have been in the news this past year for all the wrong reasons, including a massive bust-up that led to the break up of the Geoff Tate fronted line-up and an ugly lawsuit that resulted in two Queensrÿche's, one fronted by Geoff and another including his former band-mates.

Geoff is undisputably and undeniably the voice of Queensrÿche though and has recruited Rudy Sarzo, fomerly of Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot, Bobby Blotzer of Ratt and Glen Drover, formerly of Megadeth into Queensrÿche to carry on the name and we look forward to hearing their work at some point in 2013.

In between the bitter legal wrangling, Geoff managed to make time to create his solo album 'Kings And Thieves' and we caught up with him to get his take on recent events.

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Your new album is called 'Kings And Thieves'? Who are the kings and who are the thieves?

"Ha. Originally it was a working title for one of the tracks on the new album. I quite liked the phrase and when I saw the beautiful finished artwork that Anthony Clarkson created, I thought the title fitted perfectly."

Was the 'Kings And Thieves' album recorded and scheduled before the split with the old Queensrÿche?

"I was celebrating New Years with friends and family and everyone was stating their new year's resolution. When my turn came, it suddenly popped into my mind that I should make a new record in the coming year. I made the resolution and began work on January 2nd and finished the record in July 2012."

At what point was it clear to you that you could no longer work with the other guys in Queensrÿche? Was there one particular day or event that sparked it off?

"It was they that decided not to work with me."

To some, the timing of 'Kings And Thieves' release appears confusing. Is this a completely separate project to the new Queensrÿche?

"'Kings And Thieves' is my own separate project.

"Making 'Kings And Thieves' was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had working on a record. I really was able for the first time in years to work at my own pace, which shows in how quickly the album came together. It was also invigorating to work with positive happy people that were enthusiastic about creating music."

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Now that there are now two Queensrÿches and a Geoff Tate solo album, how will fans know which band they are going to see? What if they pay for a ticket to see Queensrÿche and the version with your former band mates appear on stage?

"Yes, I suppose it could be confusing to a few people. The majority of Queensrÿche fans that I have met and talked with over the years are intelligent and keep up to date with what is happening and are very able to view all the latest news on geofftate.com and queensryche.com."

There are lyrics on 'Kings And Thieves' that people will read things into, for example, 'Evil' - "Why don't you say it to my face?", "Your perception of this situation will bring you down..." How provocative are the album lyrics meant to be?

"I believe people experience art in their own way. Typically that experience is based on their own life experience. We see what we want to see."

How long do you foresee the situation of the two Queensrÿches continuing before one side is forced to choose an alternative name?

"We have a court date set for November 2013 where all will be decided."

Previously when new members have played with Queensrÿche they have usually been relatively unknown Seattle musicians. This time you have gone for big names in the LA scene such as Rudy Sarzo and Bobby Blotzer. Was this a deliberate choice?

"I have put together my ultimate band and we are launching our tour in April.

"Kelly Gray, Randy Gane and I have been musical partners for more then 30 years. We have written many songs together and have similar musical tastes. I have known Rudy Sarzo and Bobby Blotzer since the very early 80s and always admired their abilities and their positive outlook on life. I met Glen Drover more recently and loved his guitar playing.

"I am very excited about this group of musicians and really looking forward to the upcoming tour."

What was the process for choosing who would play on 'Kings And Thieves'?

"Kelly Gray, Randy Gane and I are old friends and have been working together off and on for more then 30 years. We share very similar tastes in music and composition. Jason Ames as well has been working with me for 20 years and is a wonderful writer, guitar player and singer. Chris Zukas is my son in law and a very accomplished bass player.

"Kelly introduced me to Greg Gilmore, who played drums and we just all musically clicked. We had a great time making this record. When collaborating, communication is of paramount importance, everyone involved needs to understand what the focus of the writing is. What the essence of the message is, what are the lyrics saying and how can you shape the music to support the lyric idea. Then it’s about giving a performance that excites all involved.

"We had a lot of that on this record. Most of it was written and recorded at the same time and I think that gave the compositions a raw immediacy that I have never managed to capture on record before."

We all know that it went on to great success, but back in the day when you were recording 'Operation Mindcrime', did it ever occur to you that it might be an insane gamble making a concept album? Especially after such well publicized failures such as Kiss' 'Elder' album?

"One never knows how one's work will affect another, so it doesn't make much sense to me worrying about what others might or might not think. I don't think of music as a sporting event and I am not interested in competing. I find that living with very few expectations keeps me always surprised."

Did you try to bring Chris De Garmo into the new Queensrÿche line-up?

"No. Chris has a different life that doesn't include music."

What are your aspirations for 'Kings And Thieves'? It's a fabulous album containing some really excellent tracks (the MetalTalk review will be online shortly) and we hope it won't lose momentum when the next Queensrÿche album comes out.

"Thank you. I'm happy that you like it. All my aspirations were achieved making the album. It now belongs to the world and the world will do with it as the world will do."

Anything else we should know about 'Kings And Thieves'? Is this album going to be listened to as much as it deserves to be and where can it be bought or listened to online?

"'Kings And Thieves' is on Inside/Out Records. People can find it on Itunes and on geofftate.com."

Thanks for your time Geoff and we wish you every success with the new Queensrÿche line-up, with your new solo album 'Kings And Thieves' and we look forward to seeing Queensrÿche live next year.








MORE CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN COLUMNS HERE...

April 2013: The Future Of Classic Bands
March 2013: Smashing Pumpkins Video Shoot
February 2013: Ten Years On Total Rock
January 2013: Kiss Follow Up To Monster 2013
December 2012: Kiss Reformation Magick
November 2012: Exclusive Interview With Geoff Tate
November 2012: Morally Worrying Session
October 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Review
October 2012: The Best Invention Of All Time
September 2012: A Conversation With Rudy Sarzo
August 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 3
July 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 2
June 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 1
May 2012: Managers v Producers
April 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Album Preview
March 2012: London Venue's Nazi Past?
February 2012: How Not to Join the Ozzy Osbourne Band
January 2012: Metal Evilution
December 2011: Take Your Pick Competition
November 2011: The Pandora's Box Of Pop
October 2011: Tank Tour Diary 2011
September 2011: Festival Stage Collapses
August 2011: Bruce Air, The Early Days
July 2011: European Festival Round-Up
June 2011: Bernie Torme Proud To Be Part Of MT Ozzy Article
June 2011: Who's Your Favourite Ozzy Guitarist?
May 2011: Japanese Tsunami Disaster
April 2011: 10,000 Tank Albums!
March 2011: Death Metal Session!
6th February 2011: Gary Moore (4th April 1952 - 6th February 2011)
February 2011: Recording Bass at Steve Harris'
January 2011: A Column About Columns



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Titanfest now sees some of the most respected and time-hardened Metal musicians working side by side with the next generation of the emerging UK Metal scene...

joe lynn turner JOE LYNN TURNER ANNOUNCES UK AND NORTHERN IRELAND DATES THIS SPRING
Legendary rock and roll singer Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow and Deep Purple fame is pleased to confirm details of his intimate acoustic 'An Evening With...' tour...

wildfire festival EXCLUSIVE: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES FIFTY BAND LINE-UP
Wildfire is known for bringing the best in Scottish talent to Wiston Lodge, and there is one name everyone at Wildfire HQ agreed should be on the bill...

kiss KISS GET ANIMATED IN COLLABORATION WITH J-POP IDOLS MOMOIRO CLOVER Z!
Just when you thought the Metal world had gone insane enough with Babymetal...

ronnie james dio RONNIE JAMES DIO FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will include a public memorial service, a celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ...

walkway WALKWAY RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 'STREETWISE'
The single is the first release from their second studio album. Walkway will support Status Quo in June 2015...

motley crue MOTLEY CRUE REVEAL DATE OF FINAL SHOW AND FINAL TOUR LAST LEG DETAILS: NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW
Motley Crue are also in the process of putting together the ultimate collector's album package...

art of anarchy PRESENTING ART OF ANARCHY FEATURING SCOTT WEILAND, BUMBLEFOOT, JOHN MOYER OF DISTURBED AND JON AND VINCE VOTTA
Poised to become one of the biggest new bands of 2015, Art Of Anarchy is redefining the rock supergroup...

jettblack JETTBLACK RETURN WITH A BRAND NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
Jettblack get serious in 2015, kicking things off with a headline tour and new single in February...

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS FANS PERFORM PUBLIC SEX ACT LIVE ON STAGE
"This was something definitely different to see at a punk concert..."

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW'S MISSING TRACK FINALLY RELEASED! A MESSAGE FROM DR HELL!
Evil Scarecrow have just released a new, old version of 'Robototron', which they feel is the definitive version of their most popular track...

eddie and the hot rods BREAKING NEWS: ORIGINAL EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS LINE-UP REFORM FOR 40th ANNIVERSARY
This will be the first time all original members have played a full show together for over thirty years...

carthagods CARTHAGODS TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING TIM "RIPPER" OWENS, RON THAL AND MARK JANSEN
"It's been a long time that we look for this occasion to finally satisfy our fans..."

paddy goes to holyhead EXCLUSIVE: PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD ANNOUNCE FINAL CONCERT FOR ST PATRICK'S NIGHT
Sadly it's the end of an era as Paddy Goes To Holyhead have announced that they are to play their final gig...

grateful dead BREAKING NEWS: GRATEFUL DEAD TO RE-UNITE FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL CONCERTS
The reunion, billed "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead", will feature the band's surviving members...

nazareth BREAKING NEWS: VOCALIST LINTON OSBOURNE LEAVES NAZARETH
"I am no longer a member of Nazareth. It didn't work out, for me, or for the band..."

lordi LORDI ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR TOUR FORCE ONE
Lordi bring 'Scare Force One' to the UK for ten dates in the Spring...

nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL TRACKLIST & FORMATS OF 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL'
The new studio album, released on 30th March, is available in several tasty formats...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN LEADER STEVE HARRIS' MANSION BACK ON THE MARKET AT KNOCKDOWN PRICE
The mansion boasts its own pub called the Horse and Cart as well as an indoor swimming pool...

pete way EXCLUSIVE: ALL PARTIES IN BATTLE BETWEEN FIN MUIR AND PETE WAY OF WAYSTED GIVE A RESPONSE
"I can confirm that this appalling defamation is completely without foundation..."

death angel DEATH ANGEL ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE SHOW AND DATES WITH QUEENSRYCHE AND ARMORED SAINT
Los Angeles Heavy Metal legends Armored Saint will join both acts for a special London show at the Electric Ballroom...

udo dirkschneider U.D.O. TO PLAY ENGLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DONKEY'S YEARS
Germany's favourite rock god Udo Dirkschneider has announced three exclusive shows for the UK...

california breed CALIFORNIA BREED HAS GONE THE WAY OF BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION
After a great first album, the departure of a superstar drummer, and very little touring, California Breed is extinct...

kamelot KAMELOT SIGNS TO NAPALM RECORDS; NEW ALBUM AND TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
In support of this highly anticipated release, Kamelot will hit the road for select UK shows, followed by a massive North America Tour...

the gentle storm ARJEN LUCASSEN AND ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN'S NEW BAND THE GENTLE STORM REVEAL TOUR DATES AND ALBUM DETAILS
"We'll perform some Ayreon classics together and premiere a couple of songs that will be on our upcoming album..."

jimmy page JIMMY PAGE IN FIGHT WITH ROBBIE WILLIAMS OVER HOUSE RENOVATION
The pair are neighbours and have fallen out over Williams' plans to revamp his multi-million pound mansion...

hard rock hell SAXON ANNOUNCED FOR HARD ROCK HELL 9 WITH ROCK GODDESS, PIG IRON AND MORE
Hard Rock Hell, aptly titled 'House of Horrors', are pleased to welcome Heavy Metal Titans Saxon back into their realm...

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL TO RELEASE 7INCH & DIGITAL SINGLE 'NAIL THEM TO THE CROSS' IN FEBRUARY
The single is available as a hand-numbered 7inch limited edition of which 500 copies are on black vinyl and 500 on blue vinyl...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ TO RELEASE BRAND NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM ON MARCH 9th VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
Santa Cruz will also play five UK dates as main support to Amaranthe...

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG TO HEADLINE GARAGE DAYZ RE-VISITED ALL DAYER IN LONDON
A mouth watering bill not only from bands that were a huge influence to bands like Metallica and Megadeth....

truffle TRUFFLE TO PLAY SPECIAL SOUTH COAST GIG WITH SIEGE, TOLEDO STEEL AND KODIAK JACK
Tickets are priced at only $7.50 for a night that promises to be full of faces from the area past and present....

ensiferum ENSIFERUM UNLEASH TWO NEW VIDEOS ON EVE OF LAUNCH ON NEW ALBUM
Today Ensiferum unveils the official new video for 'One Man Army''s title track as well as an in-depth "making of" clip...

autograph AUTOGRAPH RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG IN OVER 25 YEARS
Simply put, a reunion was both inevitable and essential...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM 'WOLFLIGHT' OUT ON 30th MARCH
The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom...

adrian smith IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH ROCKS UP IN CHISWICK WITH DOOGIE WHITE, ANDY BARNETT AND DAVE 'BUCKET' COLWELL
MetalTalk's first Gig Of The Week for 2015 turned up two major surprises as a great night was had by all...

sabaton SABATON ANNOUNCE "SABATON OPEN AIR" WITH POWERWOLF AND CIVIL WAR
Tickets are on sale now for this special event in Germany in July...

pig iron PIG IRON ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM
'Sermons From The Church Of Blues Restitution' will be released worldwide via OYR on 2nd March and will be preceded by a high value four track EP...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW FOR 'ECLIPTICA OVER EUROPE TOUR 2015'
"On these shows we'll perform 'Ecliptica' in its entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog..."

skalmold SKALMOLD UNVEIL NEW SPRING TOUR DATES WITH ELUVEITIE AND WIND ROSE
For those who didn't catch the Viking/Pagan Metallers live on tour, here's another chance...

tony iommi BLACK SABBATH LEGEND TONY IOMMI TELLS ALL ABOUT HIS CANCER BATTLE
"In the good old days there was cocaine everywhere. This time we had tea and coffee and health drinks..."

def con one DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCE CRUSHING HEADS TOUR
British Metallers Def Con One can be seen across the UK in 2015...

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