Geoff Tate Denies Insulting His Former Queensryche Bandmates

(Classic Rock) Geoff Tate says Queensryche were never a close group of friends, but he's denied the title and artwork for his album is a dig at his former colleagues.

He released his record Frequency Unknown in April, while the other Queensryche, fronted by Todd La Torre, launch their self-titled work in June. A court hearing in November will decide which of the two outfits get to keep the name.

The artwork on Frequency Unknown features a fist bearing the initials "FU," which La Torre recently slammed as a "cheap shot" but Tate says that's not the case.

He tells Jam: "It's an abbreviation of the album title. It's a metal thing. I've seen tens of thousands of fists punching the air at Queensryche shows. There is nothing out of the ordinary about it. I get criticised because I'm not metal enough now I do an obvious metal album cover and I get criticised for that!"

Soon after the acrimonious split last year, Tate said he'd always imagined the band still together as a group of old men, sharing stories about a long and successful career. Since then his attitude has changed.

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