Geoff Tate Laughs Off ‘F.U.’ Claim

Published on February 11th, 2014


AS a a court-enforced deadline nears on settling his differences with his former bandmates, Geoff Tate says he has ‘no idea’ why his Frequency Unknown album was remixed and re-issued by his record company and has laughed off claims from his replacement that the title is an acronym for ‘fuck you’.
A Supreme Court judge on January 23 gave the warring parties three weeks to resolve the battle over the ‘Queensryche’ moniker, with the case to be heard again on March 3 if they could not.
Tate’s replacement as singer, Todd La Torre, has suggested Tate deliberately named his own Queensryche release Frequency Unknown so he could use a fist and the letters ‘FU’ on the cover.
Fans who brought the album were offered “improved mixes” of the songs sooon after its release.
“Oh God, I have no idea. No clue,” Tate tells Hot Metal when asked why this occurred.
La Torre said in April 2013: “I saw the fist with the ‘FU’ and I was like, ‘Really?’ … A monkey can decipher what that is. It’s below the belt. To me, it’s not what Queensryche was about. Queensryche wasn’t about the cheap shots — it was always more respectful and intelligent than that.”
Asked about these allegations, Tate said: “I don’t understand what you’re asking me”. When La Torre’s comments were outlined, he said: “You know, I can’t even be bothered answering that question. It’s unbelieveable … really.”
Tate was filmed watching fan critiques of Frequency Unknown. “That was the record company’s idea,” he said. “From my experience, it was a gas. It was very funny. It was so laughable you couldn’t take it serious.”
Tate says being kicked out of the band which includes his son-in-law Parker Lundgren “was very difficult, very difficult to deal with. But, you know, it’s been a year and a half now and it’s mended and we’re really moving forward now.
“Yeah, quite a bit of good (has come out of it). Well I’m sure a lot of it will be coming out in a short while but it’s not something I’d feel comfortable talking about in an interview.
Tate’s version of Queensryche features Robert Sarzo and Kelly Gray on guitars, Rudy Sarzo on bass, Simon Wright on drums and Randy Gane on keyboards. They recently released a run new tour dates and Tate says they have no plans on releasing new music at this stage.



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