Geoff Tate on Queensryche Court Case: ‘If I Lose, I Win – If I Win, I Win.’
Geoff Tate has weathered some heavy career turbulence lately, but he sounds like he’s taking everything that’s coming at him in stride.
The longtime Queensryche singer, currently embroiled in a legal battle with his former bandmates while they duke it out with two competing lineups, shrugged off the drama during a recent interview with My Global Mind. “It’s all about exchanging money … who gets compensated for what,” Tate responded when asked about the pending court case. “So if I lose, I win — if I win, I win.”
Calling the lawsuit “counterproductive and actually kinda ridiculous,” Tate continued, “It doesn’t have anything to do with music, it’s just a corporate dissolvement [sic] … money exchanging hands. We’re all corporate officers and we all get compensated for the dissolvement, the breakup of the corporation. So ‘he said, she said, he did this,’ whatever — it doesn’t matter.”
But even if it doesn’t have anything to do with the music, the controversy sounds like it might actually be helping Tate’s bottom line. “I have to say, the publicity has been incredible,” he admitted. “On this run that I just completed, on both legs of my tour, we had more sell-outs on this tour than formerly Queensryche has had in 10 years. So I guess there’s something to the idea that Gene Simmons came up with: Any publicity is good publicity.”