by Whitney Ullman
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For over 25 years, Queensryche performed for fans around the world. Lead singer Geoff Tate brought his new band made of rock legends from other popular groups such as AC/DC, Quiet Riot and more, to the stage at Revel's The Social.
He sat down with NJ.com and discussed everything from his relationship with the old band members to his favorite past time.
NJ.COM: Welcome to Atlantic City, how has your experience been so far?
TATE: It’s been great, I had a shower and a wonderful lunch, sound check and now I’m going to go gamble a little bit before the show.
Cool, are you going for table games or slots?
TATE: I like the slot machines, I feel comfortable like I’m in control.
What can fans expect with your concert here inside The Social at Revel?
TATE: They can expect nothing but stellar, it’s going to be a fun show. It’s the first time we performed at this venue, so I’m looking forward to it...Some rooms that you go to, are really magic. In fact, there was a stage here in Atlantic City that I played several years ago at the House of Blues at Showboat, that stage there is something special, I’ve had so many great shows at that venue. Something about that stage, it’s like an old building that they redid and man it’s magic. So I’m hoping tonight has that kind of magic too.
Acoustics is everything and many performers say the same thing, what do you look for when you book a venue?
TATE: I like one with ghosts. Really! Like an old building, because it's the ghost of performances past. You can kind of feel the magic or presence or something. It’s like the music is still in the walls and kind of seeps out and comes into your music..but I mean really, every night is different, you perform in a different place, a different building, a different stage, and always a different audience. There’s something about live music that is special, it’s ancient, it goes back to our roots as human beings.
People love live music, it does touch your soul when you hear it in person. So are you going to be performing any new songs or the original Queensryche tunes?
TATE: We have new music we are coming out with next year. This years album is called 'Frequency Unknown', but we are not playing any of that tonight. We are focusing on a past album that is 25 years old. It’s the 25th anniversary of our 'Operation: Mindcrime' album so we are performing the whole album in it’s entirety. It’s a concept record, a story album, so it’s a real treat for us to perform it, and for our fans to hear it.
You’re the main writer, where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
TATE: Well I’m having inspiration right now. This will probably end up in a song somewhere.
Speaking of your old tunes, there is a lot going on right now with the Queensryche name between the old band and the new band. Is there anything you want to tell fans about the current situation?
TATE: Umm, let’s see what can I say legally without getting in trouble. I can’t really talk about it too much actually. I can say that we are very close to being in a settlement over the whole debacle, and shortly moving on to brighter days and greener pastures, so they say.
Is there a big difference working with the new group?
TATE: Yes completely different. Well this group of people are kind of a mixture of, how can I put it, it’s all guys that I’ve known for years and years and years. Kelly Gray on guitar, Randy Gane on Keyboards, we’ve been making music since about 1979 together. Rudy and Robert Sarzo are on bass guitar and Simon Wright on drums. I met them in the early 80’s, and we became friends. We’ve been wanting to make music for a long time, so now with the circumstances we can do that finally. So we are having a good time. It’s a bunch of friends up there making music, and I think that really shows in our performance. We have a great time and that definitely translates to the audience.
That’s great, do you still have a good relationship with your former members?
TATE: I hope to at some point.
What’s in store for your future, other than music?
TATE: Well travel. Pretty much that’s my main passion these days. I love traveling.
Really, what’s your favorite place to visit?
TATE: Well I love Europe, I’ve been to Europe many many times I'm going there in May, June and September, so I’ll be there a lot this year. I love South America, Brazil and Argentina; Chile is amazing. Last year I was in Asia, Singapore, and Malaysia. I rode motorcycles up through the jungle with a friend of mine and it was a really fun trip. Adventure trips are what I like to take, see the sights, ride motorcycles, and have fun.
What’s something people don’t know about you that they would be surprised to do?
TATE: I’m a pretty good dancer, I like dancing (laughs).
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.