Ex-QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate doesn't believe that he will reunite with his former bandmates anytime soon, explaining that he is "not really motivated" to work out differences with his onetime collaborators.
Asked in a brand new interview with Metal Wani about the supposed fan "backlash" that his replacement in QUEENSRŸCHE, Todd La Torre, has faced since joining the band five years ago, Tate said: "I'm completely unaware of anything that's going on with him or them. I don't know what you're talking about."
Tate added that he is not intentionally keeping his head buried in the sand regarding his former bandmates. He said: "It's just that we don't move in the same circles, we don't know the same people, we don't travel the same places, we don't go to the same restaurants — [we] never have. And so I just don't hear about it — unless, like, you mention it today. It's the first I've heard of anything like that."
Asked if he can ever see himself playing with his former colleagues in QUEENSRŸCHE again, Tate said: "To do that would require everybody getting in the same room and actually confronting all the things that were said and all the things that happened. And that is a really big commitment, because there was some really negative stuff that went down. And I don't know if everybody has that kind of want to go through that. [Laughs] The money would be the big driving force that would get everybody together, and I don't need the money, so I'm not really motivated to sit in a room and listen to what I've had to listen to [laughs] with everybody. But, you know, again, never say never."
In a recent interview with The Metal Voice, La Torre was asked if he thought he could ever sit down with Tate and have a "civil conversation" with the man he replaced in QUEENSRŸCHE.
"If the circumstance ever came up that we were together and there was something that we would talk… I mean, I would be respectful and civil," he said.
"That whole beef that went down [between Tate and the other members of QUEENSRŸCHE] was nothing to do with me. However, since I've been in the band and… I don't know him personally, so I can't really… Again, that wasn't my issue. I can't say how he is as a person, but as an artist, I've always had respect for what he did, particularly on the first six [QUEENSRŸCHE] records.
"If I was ever in a situation [where we came face to face], I have no problem, if I were to converse with him… But he doesn't even acknowledge anything I've done, so I don't know that he would be wanting to do it or care. I don't know. I mean, I don't wanna speculate.
"I know that people have said, 'What do you think of this record?' And I give my opinion. But I know that when that was reciprocated, there isn't any comment. And maybe that's just the safe road, and that's fine.
"If at some point in the future there was ever a circumstance where I had to talk to him, I would have no problem having a conversation. I'm just doing the best that I can in one of my all-time favorite bands. But things move on, and I'm in a good place with the guys, and there's really no ill will in the band."
QUEENSRŸCHE has released two albums thus far with La Torre on vocals: 2013's "Queensrÿche" and 2015's "Condition Hüman".