Tate’s Queensryche album is ‘cheap shot’
Cover story: La Torre’s artwork, left, and Tate’s, right
Todd La Torre has branded Geoff Tate’s Queensryche album title a “cheap shot.”
The sacked singer released Frequency Unknown earlier this month. Its cover art shows a fist wearing a Queensryche ‘trirych’ emblem on a ring, with the capital letters F and U on either side.
La Torre’s lineup have announced their own album will be self-titled and it’s due out on June 24 via Century Media. They’ll tour the UK in October after scheduling problems forced them to postpone a visit planned for this month.
The former Crimson Glory singer insists Tate’s album isn’t the real deal. He tells KNAC.com: “I don’t even acknowledge it as a Queensryche album. The guys that play on the record are not the guys that you see onstage, and aren’t the guys that wrote the songs. It’s a revolving door, dude, it’s not Queensryche. What I’m in is Queensryche.”
Of Tate’s title he says: “A monkey can decipher what that is. It’s below the belt. To me, it’s not what Queensryche was about. Queensryche wasn’t about the cheap shots – it was always more respectful and intelligent of that.
“When I first heard ‘Frequency Unknown‘ I thought, ‘That’s kinda cool.’ And then I saw the fist with the ‘FU’ and I was like, ‘Really?’ That’s not good for the brand. That’s not good for Queensryche to have the triryche in front of an ‘FU’. It’s immature, it’s angry – it’s stupid.”
Tate recently launched a contest for fans who don’t like Frequency Unknown, offering an all-expenses-paid concert trip to the person who records the best rant against his work.
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