…if you have one set of people playing on the record and another set of people playing the songs live, then it’s not so much a real band as it is a “singer” and his supporting cast (and of course I use the term singer here in a very loose sense).
None other than Todd La Torre himself:
It’s not Queensryche. The guys that play on the record are not the guys that you see onstage and aren’t the guys that wrote the songs. It’s a revolving door dude, it’s not Queensryche.
Yep, that’s pretty much the long and short of it. I was also very glad to see this addressed:
…he’s (Geoff Tate — ed.) in the now. Ok, great, but sorry, the fans wanna hear “Queen Of The Ryche”, they wanna hear those classics.
I’ve been thinking about that ever since Tater went on record with his disdain of the stuff on the EP and The Warning. What the hell were the fans supposed to do, be happy with hearing “Get Started,” “All the Promises,” and all the rest of the crap he had been foisting on fans since Chris DeGarmo left for the remainder of Queensryche’s run instead? Granted, I know Tate can’t sing that stuff to save his life anymore, but that’s largely his fault and falls under the heading of “refusing to deliver on a professional level anymore.”
And speaking of that…I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Tater’s opinion that the sound of Dedicated to Chaos and Kings & Thieves was a worthy direction for Queensrÿche to be going doesn’t really matter. Why?
Because the great majority of Queensrÿche fans obviously didn’t agree with him. Empire sold 3.5 million copies. Operation: Mindcrime and Promised Land both went platinum. Every album after that sold less, as Tate took the band further from its roots, to the point that Dedicated to Chaos probably didn’t sell as many copies total as Empire sold in its first couple of days. Seriously, how much further did the Tates think the band was going to go in the direction it was headed? Said direction was quite clearly unsustainable and something had to give. And Geoff Tate quite obviously was not interested in giving the fans what they wanted. He had to go.
And this isn’t just my opinion. This is an objective fact. Look at it like this: If your company is making and selling something that no one’s buying, you either adapt or you go out of business. Tate was selling the product no one wanted and he was quite obviously unwilling to adapt, so there was only one logical thing left to do — fire him and get someone who was going to help the company give the customers what they had come to expect. This is pure, objective FACT, and what it all boils down to at the end of the day, no matter how he and his water-carriers screech about the singer being the band.
And the sales figures for Tate’s latest, Frequency Unknown, bear this out yet again — 5,500 copies in its first week, some 2,500 fewer copies than Dedicated to Chaos sold in its first week. Which isn’t surprising, since it’s by and large more of the same thing Tate’s been trying to sell to Queensryche fans since about 2006…