Yeah, I called this…

…but I did not think about Tater actually doing it if he lost his bid for an injunction:

Tate‘s personal web site, GeoffTate.com, was upgraded with a new banner that reads “Geoff Tate: The Voice Of QUEENSRŸCHE.” In addition, he is billed on the web site for booking agency Monterey International as “QUEENSRŸCHE Starring Geoff Tate: The Original Voice.”

In a new post on the Queensryche.com web site, which the singer still controls, Geoff has revealed the lineup of his version of QUEENSRŸCHE.

I have to hand it to Tater, sort of — he actually did pull off getting one really big name, former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover. But as for the other names — bassist Rudy Sarzo of Whitesnake, Quiet Riot & Dio, and drummer Bobby Blotzer of Ratt — the only thing I can say is meh. And of course Tater bootlickers Kelly Gray and Randy Gane are along for the ride.

Not much I can say to that, other than that I guess I should have expected Gray and Gane to star in Tater’s clown show in some capacity or another. I realize Kelly Gray has already proved his loyalty to the Tates on numerous occasions, but I still find this to be a disgusting move on his part. Gray was quoted in Eddie Jackson’s declaration as saying something to the effect that the direction Tate wanted to take the band was not a direction they should be going. Gray also allegedly vowed never to work with Tater again after the Brazil fiasco. Guess that shows how much character and integrity he has, doesn’t it?

Of course, it’s not as if Randy Gane has a shred of character or integrity, either, as evidenced by his opinions of the Queensryche fan base as it is represented at the Breakdown Room. I’ll admit my bias as being a member of that forum, but the decline in album sales over the years combined with the general opinions of the fans at the forum would seem to suggest that it’s a pretty good representation of the fan base.

What do Randy Gane’s opinions of Queensryche’s fans have to do with any of this, you ask? Well, it’s really quite simple — if you don’t give a damn about the fans, you don’t give a damn about the band, as far as I am concerned — because without fans, you go back to selling insurance or manning the checkout line at Walmart.

Of course, the very formation of this band of scabs suggests that no one involved here really gives a damn about anything related to Queensryche or the standards they set for themselves. Geoff Tate can’t sing the songs — that much I do know for damn sure — and Kelly Gray and Bobby Blotzer can’t play them, if the assessments of their abilities that I have seen are accurate. And looking at Glen Drover’s resume, I am struck by the thought that this isn’t nearly metal enough for him, although I know I could be wrong there. There’s always the possibility that Tater would try to go in a more metal direction, although considering Tater (in an appearance on VH-1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” with Eddie Trunk) recently defended the train wreck that was Dedicated to Chaos as “redefining metal,” I just don’t see that happening. I don’t see him doing anything other than the supposedly avant-garde artiste-ic bullshit that he seems to be so fond of — let alone with anyone who doesn’t blow sunshine up his arse and tell him how great and forward-thinking he is.

But considering those “all-stars” lowered themselves to this — I mean, really, Glen Drover!? — they just might do that.

At any rate, there’s also an interesting little twist vis-a-vis band management and commercial viability as far as being able to get well-paying gigs goes. On one side you have Tater and the Scabs being managed by Geoff’s wife Susan. On the other side you have Queensryche being managed by Live Nation Entertainment — who also books for a significant number of major entertainment venues in almost every major market around the country. Just as an example, some of the venues they handle in San Antonio include the AT&T Center, Bass Hall, Cowboys Dancehall, Freeman Coliseum, the Lila Cockrell Theater, the Majestic Theater, and Sunken Gardens. The significance of this is that it could very well work out that all the Live Nation-managed venues will be given the word to book Queensryche and tell Tater and the Scabs to go screw so as to protect Live Nation’s investment in Queensryche. Which doesn’t leave Tater a lot of options. I don’t know if this is going to happen, but it does make perfect sense. We shall see.

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2 Responses to “Yeah, I called this…”

  1. Albatross Says:

    I kinda like Rudy Sarzo. He probably will not compare to Eddie Jackson, but he might. He just might.

    Bobby Blotzer, though? Faugh.

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      Could be, but they won’t be getting a dime of my money. As I said at The Breakdown Room, if there’s a shred of justice left in the world, Tater and the Scabs will all end up playing coffeehouses and shoe store openings until none of them have a penny left between them.

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