Geoff Tate of Queensryche (not to be confused with the other band called Queensryche) launched a bizarre competition last month where he asked fans who didn't like the new album 'Frequency Unknown' to slate it on YouTube. Despite a lengthy and prohibitive set of rules, the band got plenty of response.
Fans were asked to videotape their rants about the album and Geoff said he would film himself reacting to their offerings and post it online for the world to see.
Geoff's response to the competition entries can be seen at the bottom of this page.
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Some of the fan comments are harsh, for example: "This is an album so bad that Jesus himself wept", "[This album is] the biggest shit sundae the rock and Metal industry has ever seen" and "Like I wanna hear you sing like you've got your nuts in a vice?"
Geoff rolls with the punches though, raising an intimidating eyebrow to some of the responses and laughing along to others. The nearly four-minute clip focuses primarily on a handful of ranters, but the hate parade may not be over for Geoff as the clip concludes with the message, "To be continued".
The competition prize was an all-expenses paid trip to Seattle to see Queensryche perform on June 29, along with assorted VIP add-ons like meet-and-greet opportunities, special seating and a merchandise package.
But surely if you hate the album that much, you're not going to want to go see it performed live, are you?