Geoff Tate says that he regrets that his time with QUEENSRŸCHE “ended so badly” but insists that the band “went way past what our own expectations were of how long we would be together.”
In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where Tate sued over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being fired in 2012. Original QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) responded with a countersuit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue as QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ and ‘Operation: Mindcrime II’ in their entirety live.
Speaking to the “Music Mania” podcast, Tate — who currently fronts a new project called OPERATION: MINDCRIME — was asked if he had any regrets about his thirty-year stint with QUEENSRŸCHE. He said: “Oh, sure. I regret that it ended so badly. I regret that we couldn’t all get in one room and speak civilly to each other and come to some understandings and some conclusions before it blew apart. Yeah, definitely. On the other hand, I would say that for a band to last thirty-plus years is an amazing achievement. And we probably went way past what our own expectations were of how long we would be together. Most bands stay together at the most five or ten years, and we tripled that. You know, we had a great run. I think we created some wonderful music that will live on past us and it’ll keep on being there for further generations to experience.”
Frontiers Music Srl released “Resurrection”, the new album from OPERATION: MINDCRIME, on September 23.