Okay… Seems to me it’s open season… Was reading at this very news page that Queensryche wouldn’t do anything “major” this year, it was only gonna be side projects “and stuff”… And then, it only took a voice from the recent past to make hell freeze over and open Pandora’s Box! Jason Slater, producer and song writer, the man who has worked with the band on Mindcrime II and “American Soldier” and – up to a point – “Dedicated to chaos”, the same man who started a rant at the beginning of the chaos recordings, came over a well-known forum last week (April 26) to haunt Ryche, to make things difficult, to start a regular war! Let’s go over some excerpts.
“Just gonna clarify a couple of facts. Susan takes 1/4 of what any other manager makes and only manages QR where as any other management company would take 20% and manage between 4 and 10 bands… I can say with some certainty that she doesn't make any decisions based on how much $ she's gonna make. The biggest problem with that band is they won't get off their ass but somehow manage not to be able to get outta their own way. MCII was a good start at a comeback in retrospect. It was largely made in a basement by 3 guys that previously didn't know each other and it was hard work. Some members didn't want to work that way and one refused to participate in the record. During the entire making of that record QR's co manager was trying to get me fired because I thought he should have no musical input. I was getting calls from producer friends of mine while I was working on the record asking me if I was in Seattle working with QR and I'd say "yes" then they'd tell me how Lars, QR's manager had called them asking if they were interested in working on the record. As it turned out without talking to Susan he and two members that weren't working on the record were trying to replace me even though the record was half done and those 2 members have written the least amount of music in the QR catalogue. Think about what would have happened if they were successful. Who woulda written the songs? Not them. Dumb move. Lars was let go shortly thereafter. Then we move on to Take Cover and the return of KG, IT WAS A F'n DISASTER! He was trying to throw me under the bus from the first second, I'll post instrumentals on my blog that were my arrangements, nobody from QR is playing on it yet, but they KILL the record. They kept my arrangements and creative ideas but cut me out of the rest of the project. The guy was so threatened by me he made up problems and did all kinds of childish shit. Then we come to AS. I didn't know hoW this record was going to be made, so I wrote and recorded the entire thing at my studio. You could have just put Geoff’s vocal on it and it would have been done. Kelly just wants to finish the records as fast as he can and get paid, so when I found out they were bringing him back I was very unhappy, but I knew he'd take the easy way out and just copy my recordings so he could finish and get paid. A lot of the art was missing, but the record was still a step in the right direction. Enter DTC. I didn't want to work on it, period. I told them I wouldn't work with Kelly and didn’t want to work on the record. I thought about it for a few weeks and thought about all the hard work it took to get us this far and that if we could make a creative metal record we will have finally given the fans the record they've wanted and stay true to QR always progressing. I was assured that my word would over ride KG's. I got out there and was just plain shut out of the process on all levels. KG was just slamming out crap so fast I'm surprised the guitars are in tune.....if they are. When all you care about is finishing so you can get paid you end up with DTC. We were building, call it Tateryche if you want, but if you find me a band that's a true democracy I'll show you some liars. If Geoff doesn't take a project and make it move forward most of the other guys will sit on their ass and gather dust. Prime example of screwing yourself : Ed Jackson. I've never been anything but cool to that guy. At the end of DTC he starts blowing all this "f*ck Jason, we're never working with him again blah blah blah" out of his pie hole. Let’s keep a few things in mind about Ed, I've given him a percentage of my publishing on every song I've written for them, not because I had to but because after touring and merch stop it’s the only income and I don't go on the road to advertise those songs so they have value. Most songwriters don't do this. This is the same guy that overplayed so much on MCII that I ended up playing the majority of the bass on that record and didn’t say a word until now. When KG forgot to record the bass on the live DVD, I sat there staring at the footage of Ed making sure my finger movement matched his so nobody could tell I played it. It was a shit ton of work that I wasn’t hired to do, I could have just mixed it and there would have been a low rumble from the bleed of the drum mic's. On AS he has the same amount of publishing I have! Ed I'm sure you've bought an iPhone with some of that money I've given you, go to the "Notes" app and paste this in it and read it everyday”!
Wait, it’s not over yet. Jason reverted a few times more, giving the rant… He specifically talked about Kelly Gray and his relation with the band. Naturally many of the fans contacted some of the members; a friend contacted Michael Wilton, explaining the whole situation to him. Whip came back with a fine line. “Tell him the singer is not Queensryche. The band is Queensryche”!
STOP THE PRESS! GEOFF TATE ATTACKS WILTON AND ROCKEN!
According to CollectorRoom Blogspot, the following incident took place, a while before Queensryche play in Sao Paolo, Brazil on April 14. The news is that Geoff Tate walked on other members talking about getting him off-band! He didn’t say anything, he just walked away. However, during soundcheck, the singer knocked Michael Wilton down, whilst there was a knife involved threat towards Scott Rockenfield! Security people got in the way and there was no worse scenario. Wilton got himself locked in his dressing room, he refused to play, however production team managed to save the live appearance…
I don’t have a clue whether it’s true or not or if it’s all a marketing trick or whatever… Dunno if it’s the beginning of the end or just a huge bubble… I’m just sad… The band of the healthy thinking man? Seriously?