Queensrÿche Singer’s Stepdaughter Spouts Off

Geoff Tate

Maybe Miranda Tate — the stepdaughter of Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate and daughter of the band’s manager, Susan Tate — should be seen and not heard.

Miranda — the former wife of the group’s guitarist Parker Lundgren — has gone online to address criticism over Queensrÿche’s recent musical direction, which has allegedly created tension amongst the band’s members.

Last week, Queensrÿche members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren have teamed up with Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory in a brand new band called Rising West.

The members of the group claimed in an online posting that they were “being denied access to [Queensrÿche’s] Facebook page and website” while trying to promote Rising West.

Queensrÿche yesterday canceled its appearance last night at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah, as the support act for Scorpions because “some of the members” of the band could not make the gig “for personal reasons.” Tate decided to play the concert with his solo band, with which he has been touring for the past few months.

Personal reasons…another way of saying “Totally pissed.”

Miranda posted a rant on Facebook, which she says is “the truth.” OK.

“1. No one…not Geoff or anyone else in Queensrÿche has posted on the Queensryche.com in months. Posting by all members was stopped at the same time. This was not Geoff’s doing.

“2. Geoff and the other members of Queensrÿche can post any sort of event on the Queensrÿche Facebook just in the same fashion as they always have.

“3. Geoff is on the defensive and all the truth as to how hostile he has been treated will be known soon.

“4. Look back at who wrote the songs for Queensrÿche since Chris [DeGarmo] left. The heavy majority of the songs has been Geoff with an outside writer. This is due to very little to no material being submitted by the other members of the band.

“5. Geoff originally wanted to go in a different direction for the last Queensrÿche album… heavier. But for the first time in years the other guys were submitting songs. So Geoff used their material and Dedicated To Chaos is what they together came up with. Don’t believe me… check the credits.

“6. Geoff does the majority of the writing, the majority of the interviews, is there every day for the mix, produces with every producer while the other members are hardly ever in the room. I have watched this with my own eyes since I can remember. Geoff never complains and splits album sales royalties equally.

“7. Susan, as the band’s manager, negotiated with outside writers (pissing them off) to give part of their publishing royalties to the other non-writing members of Queensrÿche.

“8. My family worked tirelessly and happily to keep Queensrÿche working.

“9. I e-mailed endlessly to get photos and words or anything to post (on the app or Facebook) for the fans from all the members in Queensrÿche and got little to nothing from any of them except Geoff.

“10. When our business attorney wrote an e-mail to the band stating how some of our employees did a fantastic job and thanking them… one of the other members of Queensrÿche (not Geoff) wrote back saying that he didn’t want our employees thanked since they were being paid.

“11. No one has checked the fan club email or taken care of giving away one meet-and-greet pass since the Tates were stopped by the other members of the band from doing it. However, Geoff has honored the Queensrÿche fan club and given away meet-and-greet passes to his solo shows.

“12. Every fan club event was planned by my family for the last several years and Geoff happily attended all while other members complained.

“13. Every concept for every tour was voted on by the band (including the cabaret). All members of Queensrÿche happily split equally, all the money made from each tours although some (not Geoff) complained later when some of the tour concepts were received with less-than-open arms. Geoff stood by the creative decision and took the good with the bad.

“So before you think the man that worked the hardest by a long way for years and years is a tyrant then think again. You don’t know the facts.”

Thanks for clearing that up, Miranda. Oh, and just so you know, everyone thinks you’re crazy now. Nice work.

Shortly after Miranda’s post went up, Misty Rockenfield, wife of Queensrÿche drummer Scott Rockenfield, replied with the words “This is all a flat-out lie.”

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