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.
Queensryche tracklist
1. X2
2. Where Dreams Go To Die
3. Spore
4. In This Light
5. Redemption
6. Vindication
7.  Midnight Lullaby
8.  A World Without
9.  Don’t Look Back
10. Fallout
11. Open Road
UK/Ireland tour
Oct 12: London O2 Academy Islington
Oct 16: Manchester HMV Ritz
Oct 17: Nottingham Rock City
Oct 18: Dublin The Academy