Queensrÿche Splits With Singer Geoff Tate
According to Billboard.com (full article at this location), Queensrÿche and singer Geoff Tate have parted company over "creative differences." Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre was tapped to replace Tate, as prior to this report the remaining band members went on to form Rising West with the vocalist.
Rumors have been circulating about trouble in the Seattle progressive metal band's camp including the band's recent performances in Brazil and culminating with Geoff Tate's statements to the crowd at Rocklahoma 2012.
In an excerpt from the exclusive story with Billboard, drummer Scott Rockenfield was quoted as saying:
"Over the past few months, there have been growing creative differences within Queensryche. We want our fans to know that we hoped to find a common resolution, but in the end parting ways with Geoff was the best way for everyone to move forward in a positive direction. We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors. We can't wait to bring Queensryche to our fans with Todd behind the microphone."
Billboard could not get a comment from Tate through his agent Jeff Albright of the Albright Entertainment Group prior to running its story.
La Torre made it clear that he has no intentions on leaving Florida act Crimson Glory, stating on his Facebook page: "I am not a 'former member' of Crimson Glory. Both bands are fully aware of my involvement. Crimson Glory is still alive and well, and we are continuing to write material for the new record. Queensryche enters a new chapter, buckle up."
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