The Metal Gods Meltdown recently conducted an interview with former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION: MINDCRIME singer Geoff Tate. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
Asked if performing QUEENSRŸCHE songs now that he is no longer a member the band fills him with great sadness, Tate said: “No, not at all. Nothing has really changed for me, honestly, in a lot of areas, really. I write music, I record albums and I go out on tour and perform music that I’ve written, and really the only changes are the people that I’m performing with. And I like performing and I like collaborating with different people on projects and songwriting; I really enjoy that a lot. And I’ve worked with a lot of different people over the years and had great, great times [and] great creative moments working with people.”
He continued: “Being in QUEENSRŸCHE, it was a strange, strange sort of relationship. We weren’t really friends, you know — we were business associates. We had a wonderful entity that we shared called QUEENSRŸCHE, but it wasn’t an equal sort of partnership as far as involvement goes. You know, so there wasn’t a real camaraderie amongst everybody in the band.”
Tate: “No, I don’t think about [my former bandmates] at all. Maybe that sounds horrible to some people, ’cause maybe they have a different viewpoint on what the band was to them, and that’s understandable — people make up stuff all the time that they want to believe. But from my perspective and my involvement, it wasn’t an emotional sort of brotherhood kind of thing that some people might think existed. That wasn’t my reality with them.”