Lead singer Geoff Tate has unveiled his first project since he quit Queensrÿche last June called “Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensrÿche.” This project is going to embark on an “anniversary tour” next year and will backed by an “all-star lineup” of musicians. In addition, Geoff is billed on the web site for booking agency Monterey International as “Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate: The Original Voice.”
The “new” version of Queensrÿche also consists of Rudy Sarzo (Animetal USA, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Dio, Ozzy Osbourne) on bass, Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) on Drums, Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond) on guitar, Kelly Gray (also a former member of Queensrÿche) on guitar and Randy Gane on Keyboards. Blotzer comments, “Geoff and Queensrÿche and Ratt have a long history of touring together and I am very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys.”
Geoff also commented on the “new” version of Queensrÿche, saying:
“I’m sure the last few months have been very frustrating for you. I know they have been for me. There are so many questions and so few answers.
It is said that adversity makes one stronger. Well, I’m definitely in a better place now than I’ve ever been before. I feel very positive and excited.
The challenge, when you’re in a creative environment, is keeping things fresh and invigorating, and after working with the same people for thirty years, it gets very difficult. You walk into the room, and everybody knows what everyone is going to do. There’s no spark, the chemistry is very tried and true and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself.
Today is a new day and I am thrilled to announce the new Queensrÿche.
Together we shall embark on a new musical journey that will be a greater extension of where Queensrÿche has ever been.
With this new project, with these new people, it’s a whole new scene. There are new ideas, different musical backgrounds and a whole new set of parameters. Everyone has ideas you haven’t heard before, and everyone is throwing them against the wall and suddenly … the music has a whole new life.
I look forward to this new life and I hope to see you on tour as all of us come together and begin this new era.”