Geoff Tate says he feels every one of Queensryche's 30 years together "sometimes in the morning, when I'm getting out of the bunk on the bus." But the long-lived group's frontman has few complaints beyond that.
"It's been a wonderful ride," Tate tells Billboard.com. "We never expected this thing would continue going this many years later. We just started the band out of high school and found we had a mutual appreciation of music and started the ball rolling. We found out we could write together, and it's just been a rite of discovery for the last 30 years. We're really fortunate to be able to make a living doing this."
Queensryche is on the road ostensibly promoting its 12th album, "Dedicated to Chaos," which came out June 28, but Tate says the concerts reflect the group's history as much as its latest work. "It's a celebration," he notes. "We have kind of a Queensryche retrospective of music and film that we're performing -- songs from all of our different records and visuals that match up to the songs, kind of a look back at where we've been and where we are now." He adds with a laugh that, "It's interesting, like going back and looking at your school yearbook. Fashion is a fickle thing..."
Queensryche, which toured Europe earlier this year, is on the road into December. The group plans to take a break for the holidays, after which Tate says "we'll reassess if we want to do some dates after that." Meanwhile, he adds, Queensryche is already starting work on its next album.
"We kind of have that practice, to jump from one to the next," he explains. "It's what drives us to get up in the morning, the new music, writing the music. If we don't do that, we're just resting on our laurels and playing songs we've played a million times before, and none of us want to do that."
Tate says Queensryche is currently "putting some sketches together and discussing direction and that kind of thing," and he expects some songs will start to surface while the group is on the road. "We have studios with us at all times," he notes. "If you come backstage at any given show, we have a room set up, everybody here and there, working away. It looks like a laboratory. That really keeps the music flowing, too."