Geoff Tate Questions The Wisdom Of Queensryche Firing Him

(TeamRock Radio) Former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate admits he's still perplexed as to why he was fired by the group in 2012 and says the move is "career suicide" for his old band.

His dramatic dismissal followed a violent confrontation with bandmates, leading to a legal tussle over use of the group's name which was eventually settled out of court.

Tate is keeping the name until the end of his August tour, after which the band and new vocalist Todd La Torre will take the name. Tate will continue under Operation: Mindcrime.

He tells GoUpstate.com: "I didn't see it coming - I didn't even think it was possible. Why would you fire the main writer and the person who is the face of the band - the identifying key figure in the success of the group?

"I don't mean that to sound egotistical, it's just the truth. Why would you do that? It sounds like career suicide, especially at our ages. We're all in our 50s - why would you break apart this successful thing at this point in life?" More on this story.

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