so, here we are with a message board with nothing positive to say and a lot of people making a lot of assumptions about me,my motivations,what I decide to work on or not etc. etc. I dont owe any of them an explaination,but before the crap talking and assumptions get too far from the truth there might be a shadow of a chance of getting the truth out there and having it get considered as much as the lies. I dont expect all the anti Tate BDR folks to do an about face,but maybe some truth will set them in the right direction so they can move on and badmouth the next guy. I write songs for and produce whatever is interesting to me,I could have been scoring 2 films right now,but I pushed them back to work on a record with Geoff Tate. Not because of mounting hospital bills or desperation,but because I wanted to. I’ve always enjoyed working with Geoff,what I didnt enjoy was the way QR did business. I didnt enjoy writing songs and having to give my publishing to people that couldnt be bothered to show up and work on the record and then to add insult to injury have them complain about the songs or my work on them. If your that unhappy with it gimme my publishing back or better yet be involved so things are more to your liking. The other part I didnt like was dealing with Kelly Gray. I got the opportunity to work with Geoff without any of those issues as well as a bunch of other musicians I respect and I took it. Period. It’s what I love to do and what I do for a living,why its a surprise to anybody is a mystery to me. Everybodies up in arms about Geoff not writing everything,well he’s written every word and every melody,what the hell else is a singer supposed to write?!?! People dont want to look at the reality of what happened with the split of this band,a few days before the band left for Brazil I got calls from both Mike Wilton and Parker Lundgren asking me if they could use some of the heavier songs I had submitted for previous records,I smelled fuckery in the air and declined,but what if I hadn’t? you guys would be getting a record with my songs anyways and you’d probably get my playing as well. So whats the big damn deal!?!?! your gonna get a record from those guys,and your gonna get a record from Geoff. Nobodies making comparisons,nobodies telling you what to buy,in fact nobodies telling you to do anything so why waste all this time and energy spewing ill will all over the place? Are you trying to show how clever you are? your failing. Are you trying to get attention? your getting a little,but nothing near what you think. It’s all pretty ridiculous, we’re all doing what we do for a living with the people we wanna do it with. If those guys are happy and Geoff’s happy and every bodies doing what they wanna do why all the fuss? you can post a bunch of crappy stuff about any of us,but this is the most your gonna get out of it,a post from me hahaha. Are you proud? Do you have a feeling of accomplishment? I guess what I’m getting at is your wasting your time,nobodies gonna change what they are doing just because you post a bunch of piss and venom. You aint raining on my parade,I’m working on music I love with people I dig while I’m typing this and when this records over I’ll be working on something else,what will you be doing? Posting negative shit about sumthin thats already in my rearview hahahaha. Enjoy. Relax and quit spewing bullshit theres actually real issues in the world to be outraged about.