Hokay, this needs to be put to bed…

right here and right now:

it is a cover band man, tlt is singing songs that geoff wrote thats not cool,geoff and chris wrote mindcrime the concept it self was geoff’s and I love queensryche have for 20 years seen shows with geoff that would blow all your minds fantastic vocals that harken back to warning, and I do think todd is a good singer, but a cover singer Just like Black sabbath with no ozzy didnt work out so well for them,,,, just food for thought “long live the real ryche”

FAIL. Geoff Tate wrote PARTS of those songs, with Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton contributing. And Geoff and Chris did not write the Operation: Mindcrime album by themselves. Geoff came up with the story, and Chris and, once again, MICHAEL WILTON wrote the music.

As for this “cover band” bullshit…that’s just what it is, bullshit. Frankly, I for one don’t give a damn who wrote those songs when it’s all said and done. I’ll say here what I said elsewhere: I don’t see what the big deal is with some people about Todd singing “other people’s songs.” I will say that I come from the POV of a fan of country music, and about 98 percent of the body of work of my favorite singer, George Strait, comes from the pens of other writers. That being said, writing your own stuff is good, but there’s a lot to be said for a song interpreter, too. What matters to me, as a Queensryche fan, is the fact that Todd loves those songs and can still sing them the way they were written to be sung — whereas Tate can’t and, furthermore, he doesn’t even seem to care that he can’t sing those songs anymore. And we haven’t even gotten to the fact that he doesn’t even like to sing those songs. We all know that hidden in the above-quoted load of….text…is that “Geoff Tate is Queensryche,” and friends, it just is not so.  Not any more than Paul Di’Anno is Iron Maiden or Udo Dirkschneider is Accept.

As for this “real Queensryche” business…if the reference was to the original lineup of Geoff, Chris, Michael, Scott and Eddie, well, I might buy that. After all, I’d bet most fans of the band agree that if any ONE person was Queensryche, it was Chris DeGarmo. But as for the implication that “it’s not Queensryche without Geoff Tate,” well, I think Michael Wilton put it best:

“(To) any extent Geoff Tate is the band as he claims, it is only the band of the last few years; the band of seriously declining sales, of loss of fans, of a sound and style that has little to no connection to the popular works which built (Queensryche).”

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3 Responses to “Hokay, this needs to be put to bed…”

  1. Albatross Says:

    “Just like Black sabbath with no ozzy didnt work out so well for them”

    Sure it did. Maybe the line-up with Dio didn’t last very long, but Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules are two classics in the entire canon of metal, not just in the realm of Black Sabbath. And the success of that period helped Dio launch his own influential solo career.

    So, yes, bands can change, move on, and still be successful. Not always, but sometimes they do.

    That being said, writing your own stuff is good, but there’s a lot to be said for a song interpreter, too.

    I totally agree. Some of my favorite songs are cover songs, and sometimes you need a kick-ass performer to perfectly realize a well-written song. Just ask most country singers, almost all pop stars, and a large chunk of hard rock acts.

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Well said, Albatross. I am given to believe that lo these many years later people are still saying, “Paul Di’Anno is Iron Maiden!”

    But we all know that if one person is Maiden, it’s Steve Harris.

    BTW, you remember saying that you should listen to me more often? Well…go buy the new Accept album. You’ll thank me later. 😉

  3. Albatross Says:

    You’ve already got me thinking about that Accept album.

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