To begin with, while writing Operation Mindcrime, did you ever believe it would strike such a massive chord with fans, to be hailed as one of the classics of our generation, 25 years since its release?
Geoff: No, It was a record that was really put together in a passionate way. For me, that was the emphasis and the direction was to get cross the story that had been in my head for a while. It’s always a wonderful surprise on something that you create that clicks with the audience and becomes something that people hold dear. I am always flattered and humbled when the way album has been perceived by people and it’s always the part of the plan.
Recently you and your former band-mates have once again requested more time to hammer out a settlement in your legal battle over the rights to the group’s name. Why was it being pushed?
Geoff: Honestly it’s something that I can’t really talk about right now. I can say that we are in settlement negotiations right now and I would expect that within a month or two the whole thing should be settled and we can all go on our separate ways and be happy. I am looking forward to that.
It’s no secret that your last album, Frequency Unknown was liked by few of your fans and few disliked it as well. Why do you think the album didn’t sell?
Geoff: Well, I don’t pay attention to it (laughs). I didn’t have any expectations as to how it will be perceived or taken. In my experience of making many albums over time, I have learned that it doesn’t do me any good to put expectations on how other people perceive music. We all perceive music differently. We all are in different places emotionally, mentally and physically. Music is a very intimidate journey, an intimidate experience. We can’t expect everyone to feel the same way about it. Honestly it’s something I don’t worry about. For me it’s an artistic achievement every time I complete a record and release it. For me, that’s why I do it. I don’t release an album to please my ego. I release a record because I feel strongly about making music. It’s a wonderful thing what you do connects with people, in a way that they find inspiring and for me that’s enough. That’s what I work for is to please myself first, make myself feel the level of completeness. And that’s pretty much my direction.
You have been onstage for close to 3 decades now. How does it feel when you see fans using so many cameras, tablets etc instead of enjoying the experience of watching a band live?
Geoff: (pauses) you know what I have learnt in life and that is nothing stays the same and it’s probably a good thing that we keep changing and experiencing different technologies. I appreciate that, respect that and accept it. I do think that if you [fans] are watching the show, you miss something that is very unique about a live presentation. There is something that is very ancient about the relationship between music and human beings that has been developed from our earliest history. People use music to communicate with. I think you [fans] miss out on that communication, that deeper connection to the musicians, to the music, to the audience. You miss out on that when you look at the camera or tablet. I really hope people come to understand that and take that to the concert and keep camera way. It’s fine to take few snapshots but don’t watch the whole show through it instead of watching it through your own eyes and experience it because it’s so much more fulfilling.
How do think the music world has been handling two Queensryche’s from the past year and a half?
Geoff: (laughs) Well, I suppose (pauses) Okay (laughs). It seems to get be going fine which is great. There are people that are just catching on to the fact that the band has split up. They find it shocking but I think most people are intelligent enough to explore two different situations and find the one that speaks to them. That’s all I could ask is… follow your passion, follow your heart and find what it is you like about a certain band.
Listen to the entire audio interview at the YouTube location posted above.