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Since We Just Talked About Queensryche... 

Since we just talked about Queensryche... we might as well talk about Queensryche. By that, I naturally mean Geoff Tate's version. Geoff was caught performing with his version of the band in Illinois last Friday night.

Geoff's version of Queensryche released Frequency Unknown on April 23. It sold 5,500 copies in its first week... which was good enough to land at number 82 on the Billboard chart. That fact right there sort of astounds me... remember when bands had to sell just an absolute ton of albums to chart? Discuss.

Reader Comments (11)

5,500 copies? 110 people per state were dumb enough to buy Geoff's record? How many would have bothered if "the vest of desperation" hadn't piggybacked on the name of the band that kicked him out?
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Watch the video at around the 10:20 mark... Somebody holds up their phone/camera to take a picture, & Tate snatches it, and throws it into the crowd. What a douche.
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Tate is a joke. Plain & simple, lets keep it real. A true tool in the purest sense of the word!
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbkallday
Wheres Rudy???
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
Had an opportunity to see them open for Alice Cooper; glad I chose to stay in the lounge and drink. When I finally did peak in, Geoff was doing a saxophone solo. WTF?!?!?!
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBatmaniak
Ace..what a fuckin DICK! If that were me, I'd go get my phone, get back to front stage and challenge that prick to a fight or just go after him! I'd take getting thrown out and whatever happens just for the satisfaction of causing some pain to that fuck!
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJimbo
Rudy Sarzo is on tour in Russia w/ "Project Rock Star".
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
I'm ready for the criticism, but . . . I think this is a bit more complicated.

Tate set himself up for this sort of reaction. At the same time, the rest of the band have left a lot to be answered in terms of the whys and whats of their career these past few decades. "Rising West" was an idea that they dropped. Tate is a singer that they got tired of dealing with in recent years.

It is easy for us to thrown stones (I do!). And Tate makes it easier than most. I just don't suppose that all the vitriol is deserved.
May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHim
WOW! Throwin' the phone is actually pretty funny except for the person who's phone it was. Hopefully, that person was able to get it back.

In an age where every performer mugs for every fan's cellphone shot you would think Tate would welcome being photographed. EVERY performer on The Monsters of Rock Cruise AND M3 were pausing out on the stage Runway so fans could take their shot.

At M3 just a couple of weeks ago, Michael Matejevic grabbed a fan's phone, but instead of throwing it like that prick Tate did, he turned away from the audience, snapped a shot of himself, with the crowd as his backdrop (amazingly, the Frank Gehry designed Merriweather Post Pavillion was packed and it wasn't even 2 PM yet).

Now, wouldn't that have been the smooth move Tate should have made at this show? Just as dramatic but way more positive.

What a joik!

p.s. Ace! "The Vest of Desperation". Love it! In fact, I think I've a few of those in my closet! BTW, I think I saw Tate's last performance with Queensryche at M3 last year. Well, I watched it on the closed circuit monitor from the VIP Deck and, as noted here in comments on BBG! by a few others that were there, that performance was HORRIBLE. I think he had just been told by he band it was his last gig and that he was fired right before they ent on. That seems weird and leads me to believe HIM's hunch there might be another side to this drama other than the one chastising Tate. That said, he's gotta be a weenus through in through as exemplified by the way he chucked that camera. Shame to see such a talent lost. Oh, and, good catch, Ace! I might not have noticed it had you not pointed it out.
May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I'm with Jimbo on this. If that asshat pulled that shit with me I can guarantee I would've immediately pulled his ass down off of that stage headfirst and let the chips fall where they may.What a f*cking bozo. This moron should be kissing the collective asses of people who come to see his overrated ass,not throwing their $600 phones into the crowd and then smugly grinning immediately after he does it.
May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary
what a joke....why is every band turning into two versions??? ehhh.....
June 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdj

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