Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate taped a guest appearance on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" this past weekend for an episode which is expected to premiere on August 25. "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie Trunk says, "We asked Geoff every tough question and he dodged nothing. He was honest in his assesment of what went down from his perspective [between him and his former bandmates]."
Sample quote from Geoff's "That Metal Show" segment: "I'd like to sit in a room with those gentlemen [referring to his former QUEENSRŸCHE bandmates] and have them tell me face to face what the situation is. Explain their actions. I'd like to know and actually understand their point of view. I'd like to see them talk to me face to face rather than through the Internet. Communication is a big part of any relationship, right? If nobody's talking, then nothing's getting settled. My door's open!"
Season 11 of "That Metal Show" kicks off on Saturday, August 11 and other featured guests include AEROSMITH's Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford, IRON MAIDEN's Steve Harris, CHICKENFOOT's Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony and Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE).
QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Parker Lundgren (guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate and recruiting La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement.
Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield defeated Tate's motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13 that would have kept them from touring and operating under the band name,
Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE's former manager, filed a lawsuit against Geoff's ex-bandmates on June 22 in King County Superior Court over whether he should be awarded the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being dismissed from the group in June. Their complaint states Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson wrongfully fired the singer and are tarnishing the group's brand by attempting to move forward without him.
If the case goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.
In the meantime, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield, along with Lundgren and La Torre have launched a new web site at QueensrycheOfficial.com.
The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup made its official live debut as the headliner of the last day of this year's Halfway Jam, which took place July 26-28 in Royalton, Minnesota.
Lundgren was briefly married to Geoff's stepdaughter Miranda; they have since divorced.
Pictured below: Geoff Tate (photo by Stephanie Cabral)