It might be almost two decades since Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich led the campaign against digital piracy, but it appears the effects of the infamous Napster lawsuit are still on the minds of many in the music industry, with former Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate praising Ulrich’s actions back in the day.
In a recent interview with Rock Titan (via Blabbermouth), Geoff Tate was asked about the music industry, and what advice he would give to his younger self if he had the chance.
“I would have gotten some sort of business education. I’ve really been – how do I put it – I don’t know anything about business,” Tate explained. “I’ve had some pretty tough situations arise from twice record companies going out of business just right after they release a record, with no record company support, no nothing – the record just doesn’t sell. Twice that’s happened to me.”
“I’ve had managers embezzle millions of dollars from the band – just all kinds of horror stories. I would have taken some sort of business education early on,” he continued. “I’m not complaining – I mean, I’ve had a really good and great life and I’m very happy – but it’s been trying at times. But I guess that’s part of what makes life interesting too.”
Soon though, their conversation turned towards the topic of diminishing album sales, a topic that Geoff Tate was all too keen to discuss.