Not only can he not sing anymore, he’s also losing his eyesight.

Geoff Tate, on his former band’s namesake song:

Actually, it’s not very popular at all. It’s funny, actually — a lot of people don’t know about that song. A lot of people don’t care about that song. It’s an early song that was written and it shows. It’s funny the reaction you get, because it’s a lot of blank stares….So it’s not really a song that I enjoy singing, strictly because, lyrically, it’s pretty adolescent…For me, I honestly can’t relate to the whole dungeons-and-dragons lyrical content of that song; it’s really cartoonish and juvenile to me.

Wow, where to start?

Not very popular? Blank stares? That’s pretty funny, because “Queen of the Reich” has been the opening song for the band since Todd La Torre came on board, and every crowd reaction I have seen and heard — including the one I was a part of here in San Antonio — was about the furthest thing from blank stares that I have ever seen. To whatever extent Tater himself would get blank stares, it’d be because he can’t sing that song for shit anymore. He has more than enough trouble choking out “Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman.” And considering the name of the freaking band came from the song, it’s absurd even on its face for Geoff to contend that so few of the band’s fans know that song that it would get blank stares, especially at this stage when the diehard fans are almost all they have left anymore.

And I am just not getting all the hate for the fantasy/Dungeons & Dragons-type lyrics. Frankly, I always thought it was pretty heady stuff, certainly the furthest thing from “cartoonish” or “juvenile” — especially considering how, as Sabra put it, Dungeons & Dragons is played largely by well-educated nerds. But considering this…

…on your knees, seem so contrite, I’ve something else in mind, it’s tight around your ankle, and your neck, plastic wrap, lots of “oh, oh, oh…”

and

Oh I’d stay up all night to see if you’re the kind of girl that bites, you’re not some China Doll I’d get over soon. You got mesmerizing advertising, want to make love to you…

…seem to be what Geoff Tate thinks modern metal fans want to hear, we should probably all consider it a good thing that he has such a low opinion of Queensryche’s earlier work.

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