If Geoff Tate never recorded another record his legendary status would still be cemented. His work with Queensryche lifted him to the top echelon of vocalists in the history of rock. When we spoke in 2019 we talked about his remarkable career with Queensryche. Never content to rest on past laurels, Tate is about to release his second record under the Sweet Oblivion moniker entitled Relentless. I recently spent some time with Geoff talking about this record and post-pandemic touring.
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On upcoming tour plans – (Touring is) looking better and better days go by. Confidence is getting higher and higher. We have a date in the Seattle area and the 28th of May and looking forward to that. I think there are two dates in Northwest and then we head off to the U. K., which is opening up really nicely. I did do a couple of shows in Florida over the last couple of months that turned out really to be very successful and then a couple of New Hampshire. Both venues went to great lengths to ensure that there was social distancing in place and one venue actually replaced their ventilation system with a real high-tech new modern thing. The cost them like half a million dollars, it is pretty impressive. But taking it seriously as far as trying to make a safe environment for people to go to again. I think as more people are vaccinated and more of the world opens up, we’ll see a return to some sort of normal. It might not be the normal that we knew, but it’ll be a new normal and I think all of us are looking forward to that…We’re booked to do the 30 year anniversary of the Empire album tour. The promoters all want it still. We’re gonna continue on like we never quit… It’s a fun show, isn’t it? I really enjoy it myself. I’m always a little bit dismayed when it’s over. Let’s just keep going. 12:35
On how he will release the new material he’s working on – Well, that’s kinda at the point I’m getting to now, deciding what the material is going to be used for. So much of our world is changing pretty rapidly and the record industry, if you wanna call it that is something that’s radically different now than it was 10, 15 years ago. So, the concept of the album is something that’s kind of going by the wayside in a lot of ways. People are looking at different ways of releasing digital material now. I’m sort of in the research mode of kind of figuring out what I’m going to do with all the music I have now. I have a lot of stuff, a lot of songs, a lot of unfinished stuff, a lot of finish stuff. So I have to figure out how to how to group it or sell it, I guess. There’s a lot of kinds of interesting technology that’s happening now with Bitcoin and selling digital bits of information and how the world is evolving into that. We’re questioning, it’s a real big questioning time. I think, culturally society not just in America, but all over the world, we’re questioning what’s real anymore. You start to think about it. A diamond is only worth something because we say it is. value. We assign a value to a piece of gold or cash. US cash is not even back by a gold standard. It’s just basically words on the paper that say this is what it’s worth and that work keeps fluctuating every day. We see it all the time in the stock market. So what makes a diamond more valuable than a piece of digital information?… I’m fascinated by that concept of the NFT (Non-Fungible Token). I’m fascinated by that. I think that’s really could be the way that things go, the way the world is working now. It’s definitely an interesting idea to look into more and see how that would play out. I think Kings of Leon announced they’re releasing an (NFT) album, that’s really interesting. I think a lot of people are gonna be watching that closely. 16:14
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