Dispute Over The Queensryche Name Settled Between Band And Geoff Tate
According to the Seattle Times, and confirmed and shared via the band, the long standing battle over the name Queensryche was settled out of Court. The band consisting of Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson along with Parker Lundgren and vocalist Todd La Torre will be the sole band with the right to operate and tour as Queensryche. Former vocalist Geoff Tate will pursue other endeavors, but retain the rights to "perform the concept albums 'Operation: Mindcrime' and 'Operation: Mindcrime II' in unique performances."
According to the article, a joint statement was issued, which states: "We wanted to let Queensryche fans around the world know that an amicable settlement has been reached between Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate with regard to the future of the Queensryche name."
Tate will do a brief Queensryche farewell tour this summer before launching a new chapter his career.
“It’s the rebirth of Queensryche and the way it used to be,” Wilton said by phone last night. “We’re rebuilding the Queensryche name.”
Tate stated: “One thing that’s really important for people to understand is that this never went to court. They (Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield) bought the name from me. But I retain ‘Operation Mindcrime.’ It’s sort of similar to the Pink Floyd situation where Roger Waters retained ‘The Wall.’ ‘Mindcrime’ was my thing and my story, so it’s appropriate that I keep that. So they will continue on as Queensryche, and I will continue on as me.”
Source: Seattle Times
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