QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate was interviewed for this week's "The Metal File" podcast from Montreal's CHOM-FM. You can stream the show online at this location.
QUEENSRŸCHE's touching ballad "Home Again", from their latest album "American Soldier", has really struck a chord with the military community and now the band is looking for a little help from the soldiers in making the video. The band recently asked members of the military to submit pictures of themselves with their families to be featured in the upcoming music video for the song.
Like all the songs on "American Soldier", "Home Again" is based on a real soldier's story as told to singer Geoff Tate. The song features a rare duet between Geoff and his 11-year-old daughter Emily and examines the emotional toll of war from two perspectives with Geoff singing from the soldier's point of view and his daughter singing from that of the child left behind.
"This song is inspired by a series of letters between a soldier and his young daughter back at home. He was laughing about how he thought it was really cute to him that in the letters, they were both saying the same things and even using the same terminology," says Tate. "There is a lot of emotion attached to this song. The whole idea of separation between loved ones is one of my favorite topics, perhaps because I live and breathe it being away from my kids and my wife while touring. You miss them so much, and it's like you live two separate lives. When you're a soldier and you're away, it's very difficult to bridge those two worlds."
The band kicked off the second North American leg of the "American Soldier" tour on July 22 in Wilmington, Delaware and will play nearly 40 dates leading up to their ShipRocked cruise, which begins on November 15. Included in these dates are three shows with newly formed rock supergroup CHICKENFOOT.