Asked in a new interview with the “Cobras & Fire” podcast Geoff Tate was asked if time has healed any wounds between him and his former bandmates, Tate responded:
“Oh, I don’t know. I couldn’t speak for them. I can tell you that… well, we have had one meeting, and that was me instigating it. I was on tour [two years ago] with AVANTASIA, and they were headlining this festival in Barcelona. And I was with my friend Ronnie Atkins from PRETTY MAIDS, and his band, PRETTY MAIDS, was gonna be playing in the afternoon, so I went out to watch ’em play.
And when I got to the site, someone said, ‘Hey, your old band is playing.’ And I could hear what sounded like me [laughs] singing. So I went and checked them out, and I went up to each guy afterward and said hi. But they haven’t reached out and they haven’t returned communication of any kind. So it’s pretty much dead in the water.”
“It’s such a shame to see what’s happened to them now. They don’t have Scott [Rockenfield, drums] anymore, they don’t have me, they don’t have Chris [DeGarmo, guitar] — they just have the rhythm guitar player [Michael Wilton] and the bass player [Eddie Jackson] now.”
When the interviewer commented that fans would like to see their favorite bands stay together forever, Tate said:
“I was telling Chris the other day on the phone, I said, ‘Maybe we should start a QUEENSRŸCHE tribute band — me, you and Scott.‘ [Laughs] ‘What do you think?’ [Laughs]”