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Former Guitarist For GEOFF TATE’s QUEENSRŸCHE To Perform With QUEENSRŸCHE In Toronto

March 5th, 2013

Former MEGADETH and KING DIAMOND guitarist Glen Drover — who left Geoff Tate’s version of QUEENSRŸCHE before playing a single show with the band — will join the Todd La Torre-fronted QUEENSRŸCHE on stage this coming Thursday, March 7 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to perform the QUEENSRŸCHE classic “Take Hold Of The Flame”.



In a posting on his Twitter account, Glen wrote: “Going up onstage with the REAL QUEENSRŸCHE and play ‘Take Hold Of The Flame’ this thursday at the Phoenix in Toronto. Going to be fun stuff!”

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QUEENSRYCHE ink new record deal with Century Media

March 4th, 2013

New album slated for release June 11

Band comprised Of Todd La Torre, Michael Wilton, Parker Lundgren, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield heading out on “Return To History World Tour”

(March 4, 2013 – New York, NY) – Legendary Seattle rockers QUEENSRYCHE are poised to regain their place as hard rock/heavy metal royalty in 2013. The band has just signed a new label deal with Century Media for the release of their latest studio album. The album is slated for release on June 11 and marks the debut album from the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre (Vocals), Michael Wilton (Guitars), Parker Lundgren (Guitars), Eddie Jackson (Bass) and Scott Rockenfield (Drums). The band premiered a snippet from a new song called “Redemption” from the upcoming release on Eddie Trunk’s radio show on February 22. The 90-second snippet can be viewed at: QUEENSRYCHE join Century Media’s diverse roster comprised of some of music’s most recognizable talent, including IN FLAMES, IN THIS MOMENT, LACUNA COIL and ARCH ENEMY to name a few.

“QUEENSRYCHE is excited to begin writing this next chapter of our career with Century Media. Their passion and love for music has been apparent since early discussions and we are pleased to call them partners on this journey,” states bassist Eddie Jackson. “We are also thankful for all of the fans who have supported us from day one and helped us get to where we are today. Todd, Scott, Parker, Michael and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for each and every one of you.”

QUEENSRYCHE will also be heading out on their “Return To History World Tour” this March and April. The tour kicks off on March 5th in Dubuque, IA and makes stops in 9 different countries wrapping up on April 26th in the Netherlands. The band will also be taking to the high seas on this year’s “Monsters Of Rock Cruise” and “Sweden Rock Cruise.” The 23 date trek will make stops in New York, Tennessee and Florida as well as in Canada, United Kingdom and Germany amongst others. Tickets for all shows are currently on sale.

QUEENSRYCHE first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP Queensrÿche. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold-out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full-length album The Warning in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of Rage For Order, QUEENSRYCHE continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80’s. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album Operation: Mindcrime, which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Empire in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV “viewers choice” award for the #1 chart topping hit “Silent Lucidity”. During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold-out audiences. QUEENSRYCHE has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.



“Return To History World Tour 2013”

Mar 5–Dubuque, IA–Diamond Jo Casino

Mar 7–Toronto, ON–Phoenix Concert Theatre

Mar 8–Englewood, NJ–Bergen Performing Arts Center

Mar 9–Jim Thorpe, PA–Penn’s Peak

Mar 10–Patchogue, NY–The Emporium

Mar 12–Nashville, TN–Wildhorse Saloon

Mar 14–Biloxi, MS–Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Mar 15–Tampa, FL–Ritz Ybor

Mar 16–Fort Lauderdale, FL–Monsters Of Rock Cruise

Mar 22–Orlando, FL–House Of Blues

Mar 23–Raleigh, NC–Longbranch

Mar 30–Uncasville, CT–Mohegan Sun Casino

Apr 6–Regina, SK–Casino Regina Show Lounge

Apr 11–Stockholm, SWE–Sweden Rock Cruise

Apr 13–Oulu, FIN–Club Teatria

Apr 14–Mons, BEL–Power Prog & Metal Festival @ Lotto Mons Expo

Apr 15–London, UK–O2 Academy

Apr 17–Nottingham, UK–Rock City

Apr 18–Manchester, UK–The Ritz

Apr 19–Dublin, IRE–The Academy Dublin

Apr 20–Duisburg, GER–Gluckaufhalle

Apr 21–Ludwigsburg, GER–Rockfabrik

Apr 23–Aaburg, SWI–Moonwalker

Apr 24–Munchen, GER–Theaterfabrik

Apr 26–Eindhoven, NET–Effennar

Other confirmed 2013 tour dates:

Jul 18–Oshkosh, WI–Rock USA Festival

Jul 19–Springville, IN–ABATE of Indiana “Boogie”

Jul 20–Erie, PA–Roar on the Shore Biker Rally

Aug 2–Sturgis, SD–The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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QUEENSRŸCHE Post Sample Of New Song ‘Redemption’

February 23rd, 2013





QUEENSRŸCHE, fronted by ex-CRIMSON GLORY vocalist Todd La Torre in place of original singer Geoff Tate, are currently working on a new studio album. On February 22nd, a 90 second clip of the new song ‘Redemption’ was aired on Eddie Trunk’s Friday Night Rocks radio show, broadcast via New York’s Q104.3 FM. The song sample can be heard below:

In the latest episode of Gear Addicts, Queensrÿche’s Scott Rockenfield talks about the band’s upcoming studio album and first with Todd La Torre.

“The final stages of the record are being done now,” the drummer says. “The excitement that we have right now is because it’s a visit to the past. The whole transition for us was all about musical and creative direction. In a nutshell, I would say what we’re doing on the new record is much more like our early stuff like the EP until Mindcrime and Empire. Metal, hard rock, good song structure, incredible performances (laughs). We’ve really dug in deep.”

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QUEENSRŸCHE Vocalist Todd La Torre Resigns From CRIMSON GLORY

February 7th, 2013
The news will come as a shock to some while others will shrug it off saying “It’s about time..,” but BW&BK has been informed directly that after approximately three years as the frontman for Florida-based progressive metal band CRIMSON GLORY, vocalist Todd La Torre has officially resigned.

La Torre was introduced to Crimson Glory by Matt La Porte (JON OLIVA’S PAIN / CIRCLE II CIRCLE), becoming an official member in 2010. He helped to ignite and give new life to the legendary band that had been on hiatus for nearly ten years, and mourning the loss of original vocalist Midnight. Crimson Glory emerged back into the world arena metal scene with very high praise and acceptance. La Torre toured as the new voice of Crimson Glory throughout Europe in celebration of the band’s 25th Anniversary with great success. Talk of a new album was highly anticipated and the band appeared to be firing on all cylinders.

“We were writing the new album and things were looking good, says La Torre. “We had interest from two major European labels, which was very promising. I was very honored and proud that we were on the rise, and the fans were embracing all that we were doing. We had wonderful momentum and we were working within an important window of time within which the new record should have been recorded and released to have the most impact given the bands resurgence. Unfortunately, the record never materialized despite my best efforts.”

“My involvement with Queensrÿche had nothing to do with the album progress,” he continues. “I haven’t been contacted to write with Crimson Glory for over six months. As a band, our writing sessions were slow, eventually becoming non-existent before I ever joined Queensrÿche. During the specific timeframe that I was in talks with Queensrÿche, members of CG were simultaneously occupied by other external and internal endeavors that apparently absorbed the time and/or will away from CG, which is not fallacious per se, but it proceeded in passivity. The main reason for my resignation from Crimson Glory is primarily due to its inertia status.”

“Crimson Glory was the catalyst that exposed me to the world as an undiscovered vocalist, and I am very thankful to them. Special thanks also to the amazing fans for their acceptance and support of not only Crimson Glory, but their continued support to me as an artist. Lastly, I sincerely wish my friends in Crimson Glory the absolute very best, both personally and professionally.”

For information and updates on La Torre and Queensrÿche, check out the following sites:
Official.ToddLaTorre – Facebook
QueensrycheOfficial – Facebook

Live photos provided by Todd La Torre

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QUEENSRŸCHE Announce Canadian Live Debut Of New Singer Todd La Torre

December 21st, 2012


QUEENSRŸCHE have announced their Canadian debut with Todd La Torre (in place of original singer Geoff Tate) on March 7th at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON.

Catch Queensrÿche live at the following shows:

29 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
31 – Fremont Street Experience – Las Vegas, NV

12 – Kewadin Casino – Sault Ste. Marie, MI
19 – Speaking Rock Casino & Entertainment Center – El Paso, TX

27 – Auditorio BlackBerry – Mexico City, Mexico

7 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
8 – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ
9 – Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PA
10 – The Emporium – Patchogue, NY
12 – Wildhorse Saloon – Nashville, TN
14 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi – Biloxi, MS
15 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
16 – 20 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise – Fort Lauderdale, FL
22 – House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
30 – Mohegan Sun Casino – Uncasville, CT

11 – Sweden Rock Cruise – Stockholm, Sweden
13 – Club Teatria – Oulu, Finland

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November 6th, 2012
KINGS & THIEVES, the inspiring new album from legendary Queensrÿche vocalist GEOFF TATE, is available today via InsideOut Music.  After selling over 20 million albums, receiving four Grammy nominations, and releasing fourteen studio albums, TATE has become one of the most respected vocalists of his time.  KINGS & THIEVES will be TATE’s second solo album and first solo effort in over a decade.  Fans and press alike have fallen in love with GEOFF TATE’s expertly crafted lyrics, unique progressive style and breathtaking vocals. KINGS & THIEVESonce again shows why TATE is one of the most influential forces in mainstream rock and metal. 

KINGS & THIEVES is available at most major outlets including:

Best Buy



Amazon (digital | physical)

CM Distro


GEOFF TATE is currently touring in support of KINGS & THIEVES, including a two-week Canadian run with metal legend ALICE COOPER. More shows are constantly being added, and a list of currently confirmed dates can be seen below.



01. She Slipped Away
02. Take A Bullet
03. In The Dirt
04. Say U Luv It
05. The Way I Roll
06. Tomorrow
07. Evil
08. Dark Money
09. These Glory Days
10. Change

11. Waiting


Remaining Tour Dates:

11/07/12 – Calgary, AB, Canada @ Southern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)

11/08/12 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ TCU Place (*with Alice Cooper)

11/09/12 – Moose Jaw, SK, Canada @ Mosaic Place (*with Alice Cooper)

11/11/12 – Medicine Hat, AB, Canada @ Medicine Hat Arena (*with Alice Cooper)

11/13/12 – Dawson Creek, BC, Canada @ Encana Events Centre (*with Alice Cooper)

11/14/12 – Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Northern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)

11/16/12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (*with Alice Cooper)

11/21/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

11/23/12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

11/24/12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

11/27/12 to 12/1/12 – Shiprocked

12/04/12 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

12/05/12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live

12/07/12 – Destin, FL @ Club L.A.

12/08/12 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre

12/09/12 – Sunrise, FL @ Markham Park


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Queensryche – Interview with Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson & Scott Rockenfield

October 26th, 2012


Interview with Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson & Scott Rockenfield

Conducted by Robert Williams

Video Editing and Photography courtesy of Sandra Torres

Seattle’s progressive metal legends Queensrÿche have recently been under the watchful eyes of the global metal community, due in no small part to a momentous shift in personnel with the exit of longtime vocalist Geoff Tate and the introduction of the band’s new vocalist Todd La Torre (Crimson Glory). A mountain of controversy surrounding the departure of the band’s famed former vocalist resulted in court proceedings between both parties over the use of the band’s name and likeness, not to mention a brief war of words exchanged in the press. When I learned that I would be speaking with founding members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the chat but found myself somewhat relieved that the band had decided to take the high road and focus our conversation on their current plans with their new vocalist Todd La Torre, what it’s like for them to once again perform their early material in concert and of course a more revitalized return to metal, in general, following the uninspired modern hard rock of last year’s “Devoted To Chaos”. The band were in high spirits, excited about things to come and as evidenced by their performance later that night at the South Texas Rock Fest In San Antonio, Texas I’d say, rightfully so.

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Drummer Bobby Blotzer Joins Geoff Tate’s QUEENSRŸCHE; RATT’s Future Uncertain?

September 4th, 2012

The below quote from RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer was posted on Facebook:

“Hey peeps, I really appreciate the loads of positive feedback about the grouping with Geoff and company. A lot of questions about the state of Ratt surfacing as well. Those should be directed in the direction the usual suspects in Ratt’s disappearance, Warren (DeMartini) and Stephen (Pearcy). I’ve exhausted myself for two years with those two. I’m sorry for all the b.s. they have fed false info to fans. Not meant to be mean, just exhausted with unreasonable people.”

As reported earlier, Bobby Blotzer of Ratt has joined GEOFF TATE’s QUEENSRŸCHE along with bassist Rudy Sarzo (ANIMETAL USA, ex-WHITESNAKE), guitarist Glen Drover (ex-MEGADETH), guitarist Kelly Gray (ex-Queensrÿche) and keyboardist Randy Gane.

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QUEENSRŸCHE Announce New Jersey Show

September 4th, 2012

QUEENSRŸCHE have announced a new live show, on March 8th in Englewood, NJ, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center. Queensrÿche’s complete live itinerary and ticket info can be found here.



Queensrÿche – featuring new singer Todd La Torre, guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson, drummer Scott Rockenfield and guitarist Parker Lundgren – were interviewed at their official live debut at the Halfway Jam 2012 in Royalton, Minnesota on July 28th. Check out the 18-minute chat below:

In a new Q&A interview with Christa Titus from, Scott Rockenfield, guitarist Michael Wilton and bassist Eddie Jackson discuss working on demos for their next album and different aspects of the lawsuit against former singer Geoff Tate. Here are a few excerpts from the chat: What progress are you making with the demos you’re doing?

Rockenfield: “It’s going well. We’ve been writing for the last couple months. It’s all so fresh to us, even just our relationship with Todd being in the band. It’s kind of a whirlwind. I think our heads every day are kind of spinning with everything that we’re dealing with. Some of it’s good and some of it’s bad that you gotta deal with, and you know all the stuff that we’re going through.”

Wilton: “Each one of us has hard drives full of material that was never used for whatever reasons . . . We all wanna write these songs together. We all want to be in the room, use the best ability of everybody and make these songs a band signature, [where] we play it before we burn it on a computer. You gotta play it together. We wanna bring that essence back like we used to do in Scott’s basement that we used to call the Dungeon (where the band rehearsed in its early days). That’s where the magic happens.”

Jackson: “It also prepares yourself even more so for right before you start recording these songs.”

Rockenfield: “What we’re going to try to do is get back to our face-to-face interactive roots and write songs and pull from our history, and look what we are excited about and do that. The cool thing is, Todd, joining and doing this with us now, is helping us do that, because he’s excited about that direction and likes do that as well. The plan is, soon enough down the road, we’ll be able to give some news about what’s happening, get in the studio in the next coming months. We don’t have any timeline for that yet, but that’s the plan [to] be able to go out and support some of that next year.” What is it like doing this without Geoff’s involvement?

Rockenfield: “We just do it in a different way. We’re working with different people. One, being with Todd. We’re working and writing songs with him and he brings a whole creative and musical talent to the band that we didn’t have before. I’m not (it’s) saying good, bad or indifferent, but he’s interesting. He’s a drummer for 25 years and actually really good at it, so it’s interesting for me, because he sits in when we’re rehearsing and every time I go take a pee, he jumps on my drum kit and starts playing stuff I can’t figure out. And he sings while he’s doing it . . . and Parker, this is the most we’ve been involved with Parker as well and that’s turning out to be a really great thing. His enthusiasm and his dedication and his willingness to learn and become part of what Queensrÿche is, is really working out great.” Clearly, as expressed by all the commentary online, there are a lot of fans that support you, but there are also fans who feel there is no way you can go on without Geoff.

Rockenfield: “We can’t go out and try to convince the fans. The only way we can do that or to show them what is available for them as Queensrÿche, we’re just gonna go out and do it and they can come out and experience what we’re gonna do. Our fans have been family. There’s a lot of people in our camp for 30 years that have been with us for a long time and we’re quite close to a lot of them, and it is affecting them, once again, kind of like a divorce, where they don’t know what to do. They don’t know what side to take. It hasn’t been the easiest thing. But there’s a lot of them that have been understanding of it and they get it, and they’re gonna make a decision about what they wanna do or how they wanna judge their opinion based upon their own personal thing, and that’s totally cool.”

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Queensrÿche is joining the March 16-20, 2013, Monsters of Rock II cruise, and will perform one-off dates like Lincoln City, Ore.’s Chinook Winds Casino October 19-20 and Hollywood’s House of Blues on November 24. The band also plans the Return to History tour in 2013 that it hopes to take worldwide.

Geoff Tate also seems to be planning to perform under the Queensrÿche name. He’s listed on the website for booking agency Monterey International as Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate: The Original Voice, but a band lineup isn’t listed. Dates are posted at for him to play such dates as ALICE COOPER’s tour in November.


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Geoff Tate’s Queensryche Line-up Announced; And Now there are two Queensryches

September 2nd, 2012

This following was posted to Geoff Tate’s Queensryche page here

“I’m sure the last few months have been very frustrating for you. I know they have been for me. There are so many questions and so few answers.

It is said that adversity makes one stronger. Well, I’m definitely in a better place now than I’ve ever been before. I feel very positive and excited.

The challenge, when you’re in a creative environment, is keeping things fresh and invigorating, and after working with the same people for thirty years, it gets very difficult—You walk into the room, and everybody knows what everyone is going to do. There’s no spark, the chemistry is very tried and true and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself.

Today is a new day and I am thrilled to announce the new Queensrÿche.

Joining me are: Rudy Sarzo, Bobby Blotzer, Glen Drover, Kelly Gray and Randy Gane.

Together we shall embark on a new musical journey that will be a greater extension of where Queensrÿche has ever been.

With this new project, with these new people, it’s a whole new scene. There are new ideas, different musical backgrounds and a whole new set of parameters. Everyone has ideas you haven’t heard before, and everyone is throwing them against the wall and suddenly … the music has a whole new life.

I look forward to this new life and I hope to see you on tour as all of us come together and begin this new era.”

Geoff Tate

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Ex-QUEENSRŸCHE Singer Wants His Former Bandmates To Talk To Him ‘Face To Face’

August 8th, 2012

Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate taped a guest appearance on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” this past weekend for an episode which is expected to premiere on August 25. “That Metal Show” co-host Eddie Trunk says, “We asked Geoff every tough question and he dodged nothing. He was honest in his assesment of what went down from his perspective [between him and his former bandmates].”


Sample quote from Geoff’s “That Metal Show” segment: “I’d like to sit in a room with those gentlemen [referring to his former QUEENSRŸCHE bandmates] and have them tell me face to face what the situation is. Explain their actions. I’d like to know and actually understand their point of view. I’d like to see them talk to me face to face rather than through the Internet. Communication is a big part of any relationship, right? If nobody’s talking, then nothing’s getting settled. My door’s open!”


Season 11 of “That Metal Show” kicks off on Saturday, August 11 and other featured guests include AEROSMITH’s Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford, IRON MAIDEN’s Steve Harris, CHICKENFOOT’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony and Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE).


QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Parker Lundgren (guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate and recruiting La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement.


Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield defeated Tate’s motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13 that would have kept them from touring and operating under the band name,


Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE’s former manager, filed a lawsuit against Geoff’s ex-bandmates on June 22 in King County Superior Court over whether he should be awarded the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being dismissed from the group in June. Their complaint states Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson wrongfully fired the singer and are tarnishing the group’s brand by attempting to move forward without him.


If the case goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.


In the meantime, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield, along with Lundgren and La Torre have launched a new web site at


The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup made its official live debut as the headliner of the last day of this year’s Halfway Jam, which took place July 26-28 in Royalton, Minnesota.


Lundgren was briefly married to Geoff’s stepdaughter Miranda; they have since divorced.

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New QUEENSRŸCHE Lineup Makes Its Official Live Debut At Minnesota’s HALFWAY JAM (Video Available)

July 29th, 2012


The new QUEENSRŸCHE made its official live debut as the headliner of the last day of this year’s Halfway Jam, which took place July 26-28 in Royalton, Minnesota. Also appearing on the bill at the three-day event were ENUFF Z’NUFF, LYNCH MOB, STRYPER, BANG TANGO, TRIXTER, JACKYL, BLACKFOOT, MOLLY HATCHET and .38 SPECIAL.


QUEENSRŸCHE’s setlist was as follows:


01. Queen Of The Reich

02. Speak

03. Neue Regel

04. Walk In The Shadows

05. En Force

06. I Don’t Believe In Love

07. Child Of Fire

08. The Whisper

09. Warning

10. Spreading The Disease

11. The Needle Lies

12. Prophecy

13. Take Hold Of The Flame

14. My Empty Room

15. Eyes Of A Stranger

16. Empire


17. Wrathchild (IRON MAIDEN cover)

18. Jet City Woman

19. Roads To Madness


Video footage of QUEENSRŸCHE’s performance can be seen below.


QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Parker Lundgren (guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with singer Geoff Tate and recruiting powerhouse vocalist Todd La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement. The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup previously played two shows in their home city of Seattle under the name RISING WEST.


Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield defeated Tate’s motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13 that would have kept them from touring and operating under the band name,


Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE’s former manager, filed a lawsuit against Geoff’s ex-bandmates on June 22 in King County Superior Court over whether he should be awarded the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being dismissed from the group in June. Their complaint states Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson wrongfully fired the singer and are tarnishing the group’s brand by attempting to move forward without him.


If the case goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.


In the meantime, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield, along with Lundgren and La Torre have launched a new web site at


Lundgren was briefly married to Geoff’s stepdaughter Miranda; they have since divorced.


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A&R/Product Manager Paul Gargano On Legal Battle Over QUEENSRŸCHE Name – “The Injunction Was To Protect The Future Value Of The Queensrÿche Brand”

July 28th, 2012


It was recently reported by’s Christa Titus that QUEENSRŸCHE defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13th that would have kept it from touring and operating under the band name. This was exclusive information issued to Billboard by AGPS Management senior manager Glen Parrish. The act is defending a complaint filed by former singer, GEOFF TATE, in a Washington state court over whether he should be awarded the Queensrÿche name after being expelled from the group in June.

According to an updated report from Titus, Paul Gargano – A&R/product manager for InsideOut Music and Century Media Records in North America – had signed a declaration in favor of the preliminary injunction being granted until litigation ceases. InsideOut announced June 25th that Tate had signed a solo deal with the label. According to Tate’s declaration in support of the injuction, Queensrÿche is no longer on Roadrunner Records, which released its last album, 2011’s Dedicated to Chaos.

Asked if he wanted to elaborate on his declaration, Gargano wrote in an email to Billboard: “I would like to clarify something extremely important that is being overlooked by everyone, including Billboard: The injunction did not just prevent the three defendants from touring as Queensrÿche until the claim is settled; it prevented both parties from touring as Queensrÿche until the claim is settled. This is critical, because the intention of the injunction — as well as my declaration — was not to prevent Scott, Michael and Eddie from making a living. The intention of both was to protect the future value of the Queensrÿche brand by eliminating the possibility of there being multiple versions of Queensrÿche. Not only did the judge deny the injunction on Friday, she also urged and encouraged that there should be two Queensrÿche bands moving forward — which is precisely what the injunction was intended to avoid.”

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The other side of the story states – “Geoff [Tate] is the only one who truly cares about QUEENSRŸCHE and its fans”

July 15th, 2012

There’s two sides to every story….we all heard from the remaining QUEENSRŸCHE band members a few short days ago HERE.  Now we hear the other side, Geoff Tate’s side. Where the truth lies is not something we’ll speculate on. As fans, this is just a sad soap opera of a situation. With luck, there will be two new bands from this…what they’ll each be called is not as important.




QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with singer Geoff Tate and recruiting powerhouse vocalist Todd La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement. The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup has already performed live, having played two shows in their home city of Seattle under the name RISING WEST.


Tate revealed in a recent interview with that he and his wife, Susan, who has been managing the band for the past several years, filed a lawsuit against his former bandmates on June 12 in King County Superior Court in the state of Washington in order to “sort out who is what, and who owns what, and that stuff.” Tate is also attempting to get a court injunction against Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield that would prevent them from using the name QUEENSRŸCHE for their new group.


On Monday, July 9, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield filed a response to Tate’s motion for preliminary injunction and included individual declarations from all of the defendants supporting their position that Tate’s motion should be denied.


In a “reply memorandum in further support” of his motion for preliminary injunction — which was filed this past Thursday, July 12 in the King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington and obtained by BLABBERMOUTH.NET — the Tates’ attorney, Benjamin J. Stone of Veris Law Group PLLC, writes, “In their initial motion papers, plaintiffs Geoff and Susan Tate explain why defendants Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton, and Eddie Jackson should be enjoined from touring as QUEENSRŸCHE during the pendency of this litigation. Rockenfield, Wilton, and Jackson oppose the motion but, as explained below, their arguments are vague, speculative, and contradictory and fail to overcome the compelling reasons why the preliminary injunction should be issued.


“Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton admit they did the things that the Tates argue were oppressive. They claim that, as owners of 75 percent of the QUEENSRŸCHE companies, they had the right to do what they did and that their actions are protected by the business judgment rule because Geoff and Susan had usurped control of the band. But this argument is flawed and, thus, the business judgment rule does not protect their oppressive actions. Indeed, on its face, the argument makes no sense and is utterly contradictory. Since Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton owned 75 percent of the QUEENSRŸCHE companies, clearly Geoff and Susan (who is not even a shareholder) cannot usurp control of the band. Instead, Geoff wrote the songs and Susan managed the band because Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton agreed with the direction of the band or did not care. Either way, this cannot justify what they have done now. Other reasons — resentment of Geoff and the money he made as the leading songwriter for QUEENSRŸCHE — motivated Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton to oppress Geoff. Their argument that Geoff was taking the band in a different direction against their wishes is also belied by the facts. Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton allege, for example, that Geoff refused to play the band’s older songs at shows. This is untrue and Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton cite no show where this occurred. Like them, Geoff loves the older songs — he helped write them — and enjoys playing them for fans. Within the last two years, for example, the band played the entire second album ‘Rage For Order’ for one show and, at another show, played the entire ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ album. Set lists from other recent shows confirm that QUEENSRŸCHE played a cross-section of songs at shows that included a number of the older songs.


“Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton also argue that the later albums were unpopular, but the record sales they cite are not relevant. Record sales are due to a number of factors. Indeed, file sharing, a way fans can share songs over the internet for free, has caused record sales to plummet across the industry since 2006, the year the first album cited by Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton was released. Another reason for falling record sales during these same years is that one record company QUEENSRŸCHE worked with went bankrupt, one went out of business, and another is in the process of going under. As a result, record sale numbers are no longer the benchmark for determining the extent of a band’s success. Instead, touring, merchandising, and promotions are more common measures of success. And during this time, Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton have each done well, netting between $109,000 and $340,000 each per year, under Geoff’s leadership and Susan’s management.


“Also false is Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton’s contention that Geoff ‘installed’ Susan as manager. They don’t explain how Geoff could do this since they are three quarters of the band and the QUEENSRŸCHE companies. Instead, Susan could become the band’s manager only with the approval of Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton, which is in fact what happened. Susan became manager after the band fired one manager for failing to do his job and misrepresenting to the band whether he had spoken with the managers of two headlining metal bands (IRON MAIDEN and KISS) regarding a tour with QUEENSRŸCHE, and after the second manager (Lars Sorensen) quit.


“When Susan contacted Rockenfield and informed him that Sorensen had quit, Rockenfield agreed that Susan could be the manager so long as she agreed to accept half of what other managers earn, which she did. Susan also had years of experience managing QUEENSRŸCHE, having served as assistant manager and before that fan club and merchandising director. Equally baseless is Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton’s claim that Geoff engaged in ‘self dealing’ when he was paid for the story for the ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ animated film. Geoff came up with the idea of ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, wrote the story and owns the copyright. Indeed, the long-time attorney for the QUEENSRŸCHE companies concluded that ‘Geoff Tate was the sole owner of the copyrights in the story and remains the sole owner today’ and thus directed the studio interested in the story to pay Geoff for it. Additionally, Rockenfield, Jackson and Wilton were aware of this as early as February 2012, As a further example of how Geoff’s leadership and Susan’s management of QUEENSRŸCHE benefits the band, as part of the negotiations for the animated film, Susan got the studio to agree that the entire QUEENSRŸCHE band would be paid $250,000 for the score for the movie. Susan knew that Rockenfield was interested in writing scores for movies and he told her he wanted to write the score for this movie.


“The only event raised by Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton that actually occurred was the one in Brazil. But Geoff admitted at the outset that he hit Rockenfield and Wilton so there is no reason to further belabor the point. Moreover, contrary to what Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton allege, Geoff is a mild-mannered and easygoing guy who has not been violent with Rockenfield, Jackson, or Wilton or anyone else. This one isolated event does not justify kicking Geoff out of the band and demanding that he sell back his shares in the companies after 30 years of work. They are simply using it as an excuse; if their allegations were true, why would they play the show in Brazil and then play two more shows with Geoff? The fact that Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton never pursued the matter until now, and began taking control of the band and the companies in February shows that’ they intended to fire Geoff before Brazil. The incident provided them with a convenient excuse to justify it.


“Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton claim that they will likely be awarded the band name because they collaborated in songwriting. This is simply not true. Except to a very limited extent, as evidenced by the songwriting royalty spreadsheet, Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton did not participate in songwriting. Instead, Geoff has received 81 percent of the songwriting credit and for the past 30 years has been the face and voice of the band. Indeed, in their efforts to prove their other points, Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton even admit that, for years, they did not play a role in the creative or business aspects of the band.


“It is also clear that Geoff is the only one who truly cares about QUEENSRŸCHE and its fans. After kicking him out of the band, Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton canceled the remaining QUEENSRŸCHE shows, burning the promoters who booked the shows and the fans who bought the tickets. This has clearly alienated promoters and the fans who had bought the tickets to see QUEENSRŸCHE. To prevent this damage from occurring to the show in Utah, Geoff flew to Utah and played with his acoustic band.


“A particularly incredible claim by Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton is that the bond for the preliminary injunction should be at least $10 million. They rely entirely on Paul Geary, their manager, who, in saying what he believes the band will earn, is merely speculating on whether promoters — who are the ones who actually book the band — will be interested in QUEENSRŸCHE without Geoff Tate and, if so, what they are willing to pay for the band to play. Mr. Geary gets paid more the more promoters pay for the band and thus he has an incentive to inflate his figures.


“The letter from Sullivan Bigg cited by Geary is equally irrelevant since. Mr. Bigg is not a promoter, but an agent. Also, Mr. Bigg’s statements are not credible since he does not identify the promoters who are allegedly interested in the new QUEENSRŸCHE, where the shows will be held, or how much the band will be paid for each show. Indeed, Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton are not even hiring Mr. Bigg or playing the shows he mentions since Geary states that they are hiring another agent. And a third agency not mentioned by Geary — Paradise Artists — previously claimed to be representing QUEENSRŸCHE.


“In sum, Rockenfield, Jackson and Wilton do not have an agent, and do not have any commitments from promoters for shows. The only thing they appear to be doing is burning bridges with agents who apparently believe they represent the band. In fact, the only promoters to opine in this case confirm the Tates’ position that promoters and fans will have no interest in booking QUEENSRŸCHE without Geoff Tate and, if they do, it will be in small venues for less money. As Mr. Elko, who has booked QUEENSRŸCHE shows for 15 years, testified: ‘There is no QUEENSRŸCHE without Geoff Tate singing. He is the voice of the band. If the band goes out on tour without Geoff, I would not book the band, and I am unaware of any promoter who would promote that show.’ Also, Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton will not be harmed by the injunction because they can make money playing QUEENSRŸCHE songs as the band RISING WEST. RISING WEST played ‘two sold-out shows and rave critical and fan reviews.’ Wilton testified that, after the show, ‘we received offers from management companies and promoters asking us to bring the show to their cities.’ Thus, only a nominal bond, in the sum of $5,000, should be required.


“The Tates respectfully request that this Court enjoin Rockenfield, Jackson, and Wilton from touring, recording, or using the name QUEENSRŸCHE while this litigation is pending.”

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“We want to play the same kind of music, and stay true to the QUEENSRŸCHE legacy.”

July 12th, 2012


QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with singer Geoff Tate and recruiting powerhouse vocalist Todd La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement. The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup has already performed live, having played two successful shows in their home city of Seattle under the name RISING WEST.

The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup will make its official live debut as the headliner of the last day of this year’s Halfway Jam, which is set to take place July 26-28 in Royalton, Minnesota. Also scheduled to appear at the three-day event are ENUFF Z’NUFF, LYNCH MOB, STRYPER, BANG TANGO, TRIXTER, JACKYL, BLACKFOOT, MOLLY HATCHET and .38 SPECIAL.

In a brand new posting on his Facebook page, Todd writes, “[I] would like to say what a joy it is working with all of the guys in QUEENSRŸCHE. Furthermore, I would very much like to say how great Parker is as a bandmate and a new friend. Not only does he have great guitar skills, but he is a great songwriter, and perhaps one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He deserves the full respect of the fans, old and new, as he has not only learned all of [former QUEENSRŸCHE singer] Chris DeGarmo’s parts, but he really is such a team player with NO ego at all. [I] just wanted to share that sentiment.”

Lundgren was briefly married to Tate’s stepdaughter Miranda (they have since divorced).

In a sworn declaration filed in connection with QUEENSRŸCHE’s legal dispute with Tate over the use of the band’s name, Lundgren said, “When Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and I performed QUEENSRŸCHE material with Todd La Torre, it was the most positive and enthusiastic response that I have seen in my entire run with the band, both from the crowd and amidst the band. We played the older, heavier material that the fans always ask for and that we are never able to play. The shows sold out both nights and the merchandise sold out immediately. We had nothing but positive reviews and the fans loved it. We had fans fly to Seattle for the shows from all around the world, some even as far as Japan. What was even more uplifting than the crowd’s reaction was the band’s reaction. I have never seen bigger smiles on the guys’ faces while we played the shows. The positivity continued long after the shows as we started hanging out, going to dinners, going to shows, and most importantly writing music together as a band, which I never experienced while Geoff Tate was in the band. Everyone, including the new singer Todd La Torre, is on the same page. We want to play the same kind of music, and stay true to the QUEENSRŸCHE legacy.”

When asked in a recent interview with if his former bandmates will be able to play shows as QUEENSRŸCHE before their legal dispute over the group’s name is resolved, Tate said, “Well, they shouldn’t. Definitely. It’s a situation where, in my opinion, they’re doing everything the wrong way. If there was a dispute over who is in the band, or who owns the band name, I think that stuff should all be worked out before they try to book gigs with the name QUEENSRŸCHE.”

He added, “I’m forced to engage in a lawsuit with them now. This is not something I want to do at all. I want to make records and I want to tour and live a creative life. I don’t want to be bogged down in some legal hassle. My God, but they’re forcing me into it. I have no other way to go. I can’t give up my life’s work and walk away from it. These are my ideas, my concepts, my life, that I’m writing about. What are they gonna do — hand it to some kid to sing?”

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