Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate tells The News-Herald that he is pressing ahead with the follow-up to his 2013 QUEENSRŸCHE effort “Frequency Unknown”.
“I’m working on that now, and I’m very excited about it,” Tate says. “I’m leaning in the conceptual format for my next musical presentations… This other story is incredibly interesting and is all set to music. Right now I’m planning on doing a trilogy-like release. I’m very excited about that. I don’t have any confines, so it gives me a lot of freedom to go in these directions I haven’t been able to go in before.”
Tate also spoke about the settlement he reached with his former bandmates over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name, which gives him sole ability to perform “Operation: Mindcrime” and “Operation: Mindcrime II” in their entirety.
Asked what is it about the platinum 1988 album “Operation: Mindcrime” and its 2006 sequel, “Operation: Mindcrime II”, that forced him to seek legal action, Tate tells The News-Herald: “They’re incredibly important projects. And it’s what I prefer doing, I prefer the conceptual format of writing, and it’s what I want to do in the future.”
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.