Geoff Tate talks about how Michael Wilton “didn’t show up” for the recording of Dedicated to Chaos, but I seem to recall Whip himself said that he was purposely kept in the dark about the recording of the album. And then, of course, there was that infamous Guitar International interview in which Whip said he and his bandmates came up with some ideas, but Tater changed the direction of the whole thing.
But that isn’t really the pisser here. This is:
He liked playing around with gizmos and gear rather than writing songs and participating.
What a bastard. Of all the horrible things Geoff Tate has said about his ex-band members, I think this pisses me off more than anything. Michael Wilton arguably was more responsible for the trademark Queensryche sound than anyone other than Chris DeGarmo, and Geoff Tate talks about him here like he was just some man-child more interested in playing with his toys than anything else. I mean, sweet zombie jeebus, it was bad enough that the son of a bitch was trying to marginalize Chris DeGarmo’s contributions to the band, but now this?
When all this started, even though I was glad that Tate was replaced, I really did wish him success in his post-Queensryche endeavors. But I don’t anymore. Now I think if he ends up penniless on the street corner like Della Brown, he will have gotten exactly what’s coming to him.