Thanks to Michael for the tip about Geoff Tate’s latest dickish outburst in Orlando.
It seems Taterÿche’s frontman — who was involved in an awkward and embarrassing interview earlier this year with this Web site — decided to go after a photographer from the site.
Turns out the shooter was the same dude who did the interview and took Geoff to task for hurtling someone’s cell phone through the air during a concert.
As Tate’s version of Queensrÿche performed “Speak” at a recent set in Florida, “Geoff Tate made an intentional move to walk over to the same side of the stage where this photographer was standing during the third full-length song of the set, bend down and shove his hand at my camera, with enough force to strike me in the head and knock me back two steps.”
Tate’s into biffing? Who’d a thunk it?
“This is an attack which feels retaliatory following my interview with Tate eight months ago, especially considering I was the only authorized photographer at the event.”
“Following the assault, it was everything I could do to show restraint and remain professional. However, it made listening to Tate’s speech on ‘refinding his religion’ towards the end of the concert sickening, especially from the standpoint of a dedicated fan. The fact that Geoff Tate would treat not only a fan but a member of the press in such a manner is disturbing.”
I think Geoff Tate needs to go away for a while. A long while. For five years, maybe. Let people forget what a dick you are, Geoff. Then return and maybe you’ll regain some modicum of respect from the likes of me. Maybe.
Geoff Tate is a despicable human.
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