By now, you've probably seen the news reports online about Queensryche front man Geoff Tate telling the Rocklahoma crowd that they "suck."
I watched the Queensryche set live, as it happened, on HDNet. I wasn't watching for the music. Instead, I was watching for band interaction. Geoff's comments to the crowd were uncool... but even more uncool was just the dead emotion between band members. There just wasn't any excitement from the stage for the Rocklahoma crowd at all. Geoff is working on a solo album... and the rest of Queensryche recruited singer Todd La Torre to become Rising West. Does this all mean Queensryche is over? I doubt it. The band still has dates booked during the summer... and I don't think they will ever really break up. Still, the tensions are obviously clear and the band members definitely need a break from the Queensryche machine. And who wouldn't need a vacation? We all deserve a break from our day jobs, right? So I say, let Geoff do his solo thing! And good luck to the others in Rising West. I'd be interested in seeing them live.
Here's the full Rocklahoma performance.