Geoff Tate Debuts New Solo Single
He is also being sued by his former bandmates
Tate releases his second solo album, King And Thieves, on 5 November and he has given fans a taste of what to expect.
Tate says of the song, 'Dark Money': "People in the United States, and all over the world, are getting upset with how big the class difference is between the rich and the rest of us.
"It’s a drastic difference. People are counting their pennies and losing their homes while others are multi-millionres and giving their money to political action groups.
"I’m not really a political person, but I am interested in social commentary and what happens to people because of politics. Dark Money is about how thing that are important to everyday people are looked on as little more than pawns in a chess game by politicians.”
Meanwhile, Tate's former bandmates in Queensryche are suing the frontman to stop him from launching his own version of the band.
"The recent announcement of a second Queensryche lineup, upcoming tour plans and new musical direction has caused some confusion for our fans. This confusion has caused Scott, Michael and I to file a motion against our former vocalist to prevent him from using the name Queensryche," bassist Eddie Jackson told Billboard. "Until now, we have never asked the court to intervene on our behalf but it seems like we have no choice now in light of Geoff's recent actions. We thank the fans who have been supporting us through this whole process and can't wait to unleash the one true Queensryche to the masses."
Last month Tate announced a "new" Queensryche line-up consisting of bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Bobby Blotzer, guitarists Glen Drover and Kelly Gray, and keyboardist Randy Gane.
The band's original members, guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield and bassist Eddie Jackson, are touring and recording as Queensryche with new frontman Todd La Torre and guitarist Parker Lundgren.