Geoff Tate’s Queensryche stays the course — for now
By Kathy Cichon For Sun-Times Media January 16, 2014 12:39PM
Geoff Tate of Queensryche will perform at the Arcada Jan. 18. | HANDOUT PHOTO
Geoff Tate’s Queensryche with Quiet Riot
♦ 8 p.m. Jan. 18
♦ The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles
♦ Tickets: $29-$95
♦ (630) 962-7000
Updated: February 18, 2014 6:24AM
While they just kicked off a multi-city tour earlier this month, long-range plans for the future of Geoff Tate’s Queensryche will have to wait.
“Everything’s kind of been on hold while we finish up our court case and everything, which we hope we’ll finish up at the end of January,” Tate said. “We’re just in the final stages of trying to work out settlements now.”
Among the issues the court date will settle is who has the right to use the name “Queensryche.” Following the 2012 split when band members parted ways with original lead singer Tate — and the subsequent legal proceedings — a court ruling has allowed for both bands to use the name until a court date later this month to determine who owns the rights to the name.
Since then, the original band Queensryche, with lead singer Todd La Torre, has recorded and toured. So has Geoff Tate’s Queensryche.
“For me at least, the last year and a half has been quite a difficult time. I’m looking forward to it being settled and moving on,” Tate said by phone from Florida. Queensryche is best known for its hit song “Silent Lucidity.”
Geoff Tate’s Queensryche stops at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles Jan. 18, during which they will play an “All Hits” show, with elements of their breakthrough album, “Operation Mindcrime,” said theater owner Ron Onesti. For most of the tour, which kicked off Jan. 8 in Pensacola, Fla., the band will be showcasing the classic concept album, Tate said.
“We’re playing the ‘Operation Mindcrime’ album in its entirety, which is pretty special. It’s the 25th anniversary of the album and so we’re bringing it out live ... which is really, really fun,” Tate said. “We have Sass Jordan, who is an exceptional singer from Canada, who will be joining us, and she’s going to be singing part of ‘Sister Mary’ from the album.”
Also joining Queensryche at the Arcada are fellow heavy metal rockers Quiet Riot, best known for their hits “Metal Health” and “Cum On Feel the Noize.” Both Queensryche and Quiet Riot have previously appeared at the Arcada in separate, sold-out shows.
“Chicago is really a great rock town, and people tend to generally come out to support rock music there,” Tate said. “They tend to come out and have a good time. It’s a great city to play in.”
Typically the band hosts meet and greets after each show, Tate said, so they are able to meet fans who come to those.
“And it’s always fun. A lot of people have been following the band since way back when. It’s always nice to see people you know at the shows,” he said. “At this point in my career, having been around so long, I can recognize most of the audiences at every show that we play. It’s kind of an intimate evening playing music for your friends.”
Tate said he enjoys performing at venues like the Arcada, which brings the band closer to the fans.
“I really enjoy the intimate shows, being in a smaller room with people. And being able to see people — to see their faces rather than from across an arena. It has more a special feeling, I think,” he said.
The fans of the progressive heavy metal rockers, Tate said, have been loyal throughout the years, and the court proceedings.
“People have been very supportive, which is wonderful,” he said. “It has been a difficult time, not just for me, but for fans of the band and music, to go through this kind of thing is very rough.”
When asked if a follow up to their 2013 release “Frequency Unknown,” is in the works, Tate said after January, the band can start making plans. He said it will be nice to have the case over and to move on from what has been a “consuming situation.”
“Everything’s kind of been hold here waiting the final court date to see what we can do next. Everything has to come to a halt touring-wise here by the end of January until the court date,” he said. “Then we can start making plans after that. Of course I’ll announce more stuff at that time.”