Anybody Listening? A Tale of Two Rÿches — Team Taterÿche Update: April Fools?

Jos. von Wienerhaus

Last week, Deadline Music/Cleopatra announced they would remix Frequency Unknown, the laughably anticipated new album from Geoff Tate and his Queensrÿches. Reason for this was cited by the label that “Since previews of the new Queensrÿche album were made available to the general public on iTunes and other digital retailers, some of the response has been less than positive. Some complained about the overall quality of the recordings, and in particular, the mix.

“We here at Deadline Music have the utmost confidence in the powerful songwriting and outstanding performances from Geoff Tate and crew on this album, but we also want the fans to know that we are listening to them as well,” the label added. “So, in the interest of democratic free choice, Deadline Music has commissioned the superbly talented musician/producer Billy Sherwood (formerly of Yes) to remix the album. Now fans will be able to decide which mix they feel best represents the album: the original mix, which will be released on April 23, or the new mix by Billy Sherwood that will be made available at a future date to be announced. WE REMIX, YOU DECIDE!”

First, can we take some time to realize the irony of an album titled Frequency Unknown needing a remix because of complaints with the sound? Anyway, a mere FIVE days after announcing Billy Sherwood would fix the issues with FU (I read a lot of complaints about the vocals and music, not just the mix, but, hey, the label can only do so much, I guess), he came to a sudden conclusion that he is too busy mixing a host of other albums and compilations full of other people who also can’t fucking sing anymore.

Sherwood released a statement on Facebook (seriously, on April Fool’s Day) stating “I’m in the middle of many projects, both studio productions and live stuff…. (Prog Collective 2, Steve Miller tribute, William Shatner solo record, starting a Doors tribute soon, playing live in a few days with Eddie Jobson in Mexico, also just got interesting offer to play bass with a prog icon for a few gigs in June, I will announce ‘who’ when it gets closer). While I was excited about taking the Queensrÿche gig, reality is there is not enough time in my schedule at present… and so… I wish them luck on the project!”

William. Shatner. Solo. Record.

Tater Tots must be going Insania right now about all of this.

What Sherwood really meant was that he has enough shitty music to mix and is familiar with the concept of tarnishing one’s reputation. I’d like to think that he hinted at playing with The Who, and, on April 1, announced all the other garbage he is working on and…won’t get fooled again…and get stuck with another turd to try to polish. I’m probably wrong and couldn’t resist the temptation of cracking that painful pun.

We’ll keep you guys posted as more bullshit comes in on this saga. Until then, Tate is still driving with one hand on 12:00 in the only car on the “Roads to Madness.”

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