ok,so I’ve been getting a ton of email about Geoff Tate/Operation Mindcrime/QR. I can’t reply to them individually because it would take forever and so much of it is either negative or illogical.
To begin with, I have NOTHING to do with the new record,my sole contribution was suggesting to Geoff that he make a trilogy some years back because he had so many ideas he wanted to put on a record and didn’t want to stick with the pop format/arrangement of songs because it was too limiting.
The reason I’m not working on this record.
There was no falling out and no amount of baiting me,or “you heard Geoff say this about me,or you heard Geoff said that about me” is going to get me to say anything negative about the guy. Do you really think that I’m going to take “his new bass player told me he said this and that about you” as gospel? It’s strange to me that people assume that there is something negative going on between us because I’m not working on a record. I’ve never experienced anything like this with any other band I’ve worked with,but then again QR world has never been normal. I got a call, I think it was in November telling me they were going to start making the trilogy and that it had to be done by April. I had just been in a car accident and broken my back and had some other health issues going on,so I couldn’t work on it. It’s just that simple,nothing more nothing less. I wish them the best of luck and success with this record.
There is one email I will reply to directly because the guy that wrote it used a fake email address and I couldn’t reply to him directly. Amongst other things it said “niggers shouldn’t be making metal records” and that I should “stop making records and kill myself” I agree with the first part niggers shouldn’t be making metal records, in fact, if you see a nigger kick his ass,I hate those mutherfuckers too. Black people on the other hand,without dispute invented rock ‘n’ roll and one of the many limbs of the tree that black folks planted,watered and nurtured until it grew tall enough that the entire world had to acknowledge it is metal. That tree don’t give a shit about color. As for the rest of it,if you knew anything about me you’d know I’ll fight to live an extra decade and make atleast 1 record every one of those years just to spite you. If you feel like being a man and using your real name we can exchange info and see who ends up pissing on who’s grave. It is nice to know that good ole bigotry is still alive and well.
There’s plenty of forums to post stuff about QR,use those and stop bitching to me about QR stuff. I don’t care. I will not and never have forwarded anything to Geoff. I’ve only heard what you’ve heard,possibly less as all I’ve heard is what sounded like snippets of 3 songs edited together. What I took away from it was that it sounded like they took the time to make a good sounding record and that’s always a good start. I hope it’s well recieved. I will be posting the progress of the projects I’m finishing up that the QR people don’t give a shit about shortly.
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All the best,