Michael Sweet recalls being asked by Frontiers to write and produce an album for Geoff Tate
In the last few years, Frontiers Music Srl has been known to hire some of its musicians on its roster to work with other bands signed to the label. This includes Hardline keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio who seems to be involved in many Frontiers releases and Crazy Lixx frontman Danny Rexon who wrote the songs for and produced Chez Kane‘s debut self-titled album.
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet publicly revealed a few days ago that he was approached by Frontiers Music Srl to write and produced an album for former Queensrÿche lead vocalist Geoff Tate. Sweet eventually turned down the offer. During the last two and a half years, Frontiers released two albums under the moniker Sweet Oblivion feat. Geoff Tate with a self-titled debut album in June 2019 and Relentless in April 2021.
The following message was posted on Sweet‘s Facebook page on December 1, 2021:
I had the opportunity to write and produce an album for Geoff Tate. I was contacted by Frontiers Music srl and asked to do so.
Geoff was also on board (hopefully he won’t threaten my well being by saying so)
Although I thought long and hard about the opportunity, I didn’t want to cause any problems with the friendships I have with the band. And there were a few other factors involved as well.
Fast forward a few months later when I was in Brazil performing a solo acoustic set and guess who’s sitting right in front of me, front and center? Geoff Tate and his wife Susan! Let’s just say that I was sweating a little more than usual that night;-)
Geoff and Susan were gracious, kind and sat through the entire set and were even singing along to a few tunes. I of course announced that Geoff was there as he raised his glass of wine to the crowd. It was a night to remember for sure.
After the show I met with Geoff and Susan backstage and we discussed the possibilities. I wasn’t definitively certain that I would not be working with him at that moment so we left it with “let’s talk soon” and that was it.
When I returned home I decided that it wouldn’t be in the best interest of either one of us to work together. At least at that time.
Although I’ve never really gotten to know Geoff, he was gracious to me and treated me with respect. It was and is a moment in time that I will never forget……….”
Sweet Oblivion feat. Geoff Tate‘s “True Colors” video: