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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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1. Rex_84 writes:

Wow! That's big news. Has Queensryche ever used another vocalist besides Tate? That's what happens when you get old and lose your hair.

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 3:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. CROMCarl writes:

....and your voice! And nope, they haven't had another. Todd is more than adequate and a fine choice!

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 3:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. this band is terrble now writes:

They have not recorded anything relevant since since the 80's; all of their subsequent releases were just so bad especially dedicated to chaos (probably the worst album of last year)

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 3:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. ZMA writes:

Oh my god this is crazy. But I agree Tate lost it. I saw them live last year and they were good but they could've been better. I hope things with them go well.

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 4:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BrianMN writes:

Promised Land was the last good album they did.
They totally lost it when Chris left.
And they really blew it with PL when they choose Bridge, which was one of the weakest songs on the album as a single.
They should bow out with what little grace they have left. Silent Lucidity was a LONG time ago.

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 4:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. hellrat writes:

The Warning was even LONGER ago :)

Tate is fvcking washed up...a career singer with a lost voice beholds a grim and bitter horizon...many such attempt to compensate by campaigning a power struggle with their former collaborators, their sponsors, their audience....

It is an absurd and futile endeavor...but its of equally no use to invest to implore a prima donna....nah, better just hand em a shovel and watch em dig, dig, dig :)

NP---Roads to Madness---Warning

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 4:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. hellrat writes:

"AGAINST their former..."

goddamn it ain't even 5 o'clock :)

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 4:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Randy Pan The Goatboy writes:

YES! Queensryche returns to metal greatness! Geoff was a p***y! Great in the 80's but now he's just a yuppie has-been.

It will be as if the last 20 years never happened. Show these f***ing fagcore posers how it's done!

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 4:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Vinny the Metalhead writes:

Wow, first Chris and now Geoff. Hell, I can't even imagine Soundgarden without Chris Cornell or Kim Thayil, or Machine Head without Rob Flynn.

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 5:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Blindgreed1 writes:

Ummm... I guess Geoff was just off because of the desert heat when he performed here? He NEVER sounded good live. Not even in the 80's. I've always considered him a studio musician since seeing their first tour.

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 5:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. hellrat writes:

He sounded great the two times I seen em in the mid- late 80's....long before he slacked off and lost his fitness, closest I can find to what I remember:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWkDP88oNME

its too bad, the dude once possessed the chops to be a frikken legend...ah well, fvck 'im, no fvcking quarter ya know

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 5:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Blindgreed1 writes:

Huh?... Guess it was just the heat.

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 6:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. hellrat writes:

Yep, the mighty Sonoran has wilted and withered more than a few divas in the past...and will continue to do so, much to my continued entertainment and perpetual satisfaction...

The Great Desert has reduced and killed many a finer man, that's sure

NP---Blackwater Park Live

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. CROMCarl writes:

^^ If only it wilted Tate's eyeliner.....

# Jun 20, 2012 @ 9:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. R10 writes:

This is great because it's probably been Tates doing that Queensryche has moved so far from thier metal roots over the years. The record they released last year was an embarrassment to thier catalog! Let Morbid Angel off the hook for worst album of the year. Hard to believe with albums like Warning,Operation Mindcrime,they virtually eliminated any trace of metal in thier sound. Now with Tate gone,hopefully they get back to thier roots.

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 5:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. ZMA writes:

^ Agreed.

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 1:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Blindgreed1 writes:

Lets hope so R10...

HR: Word bruthah *pours some out for his dead homie*

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 3:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. b12 writes:

these guys havent been relevant for some time now. its no big surpise to me really. rammstein is far superior!

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 3:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Bryon writes:

I've been a Queensryche fan for 19 years and I'm getting tired of all these people saying the band sucks because the albums don't sound anymore like Mindcrime, Warning, or Promised Land. Queensryche is still the most original band left on earth so just because they have a sound alike singer dosen't mean that will bring them back to their metal glory days.

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 3:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Blindgreed1 writes:

"The most original left on earth"??? Settle down Francis.

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 3:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. CROMCarl writes:

I have it on good authority that "bringing back the metal glory days" is precisely the plan for Mr. La Torre Bryon. And hails to him and the rest of the band for doing so.

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 4:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. R10 writes:

Accept's a.band that hasn't done too badly with a "sound alike" singer. Stalingrad compares to anything they did in the mid 80's! No reason why Queensryche cant do the same.

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Blindgreed1 writes:

That is awesome news Carl. \m/\m/

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 5:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. KevinJa writes:

RIP Tateryche (2005-2012)

This was fun watching what kind of stuff he could come up for each album and all the "fans" or inter-spectators who grouse up on message boards and Facebook (I'm as guilty as anyone) defending Tate and waxing nostalgic for Chris DeGarmo the past oh lets count 1, 2, 15 or so years.

Move on past Chris people. He's not coming back to nu-QR either. DeGarmo only is interested in writing hard rock or alt rock crap as Tribe attributed to. I doubt he wants to go back to the old school 80's heavy power metal sound. I largely doubt this is what Wilton wants the next phase of Ryche to sound like either. It'll be heavy as his demos with Rockenfield for Mosh Pit certainly were promising.

Lets hope it happens. I want to believe just as anyone. Then again, I've tried for the past 15+ years as anyone and see where it got us. Nowhere.

So this brings us to a situation where if Queensryche tries to write a record or fully realized songs where currently the drummer and bass player have written the most songs in the past 15 years, then you'll be waiting a long while.

Tate is extremely lazy with his solo albums but he was "working" on QR material or rather dicTate-ing (ha) producer Jason Slater to write the last 3 Tateryche albums, so if he puts his mind to buying more songs from producers, I'm sure he'll put out a new solo album faster than nu-Ryche.

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 6:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. AtG writes:

Eh, I don't get people who call Queensryche heavy. Not even in the 80's.

The EP is the only thing they've done that's metal through and through. The Warning, Rage for Order, Operation: Mindcrime, while good albums, only have a few songs on them that are metal.

As for post 19 lol. When a band releases a part 2 of an older album of theirs late in their career, that doesn't exactly scream originality or prog for that matter.

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 7:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Bryon writes:

Hi guys. Just to make it clear when I said they're the most original band what I meant was a lot of rock bands sound the same every song they do. Queensryche at least always changed their sound. When I said "metal glory days" I got that from other people on other messege boards who said this new singer might bring the band back their glory days of Warning and Mindcrime albums. But as I said they've been my favorite for 19 years so I've stuck with through DeGarmo, Kelly Gray, Mike Stone, and Parker, so I could get used to a new singer. I'm giving up on them.

# Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. spiral_architect writes:

i had "the warning" on tape when it came out, and still regard that as a masterpiece. i lost interest in them after that, especially when the syrupy, pink floydian "silent lucidity" single became big. a change of singers? who cares......

# Jun 22, 2012 @ 10:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. utoad9 writes:

I've been a huge fan since The Warning (which I consider a masterpiece). Rage for Order and OMC were also great but very different albums. Empire gave us the first signs that the band was consciously trying to move in a more commercial direction. While Queensryche has shown flashes of their former brilliance since (I Am I for example),they have not produced a solid album in a while. I've seen them live more than a dozen times and have never been disappointed except for the occasional song selection. Their last offering seems to have been the final straw for some in the band. Wilton gave unflattering comments about it just after it was released,and the tensions became obvious. Rumors of management issues (Tate's wife managed the band), and creative differences began flying. The "Brazil Incident" suggested that something was about to go down. I have mixed emotions. Maybe this will result in some good music,but I will miss the Tate of old. Look for Pink Floyd style lawsuits over the rights to the band name.

# Jun 23, 2012 @ 3:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Setain7 writes:

First off Geoff Tate and all the members of Queensryche past and current are awesome guys. I have met them all and I respect them as artists and people.
I had the good fortune to work with the band for many years and all the statements about them lacking in anyway is way off the mark. As an artist you evolve just as you do in life nothing stays the same.
I am very sad about all of this as I have loved the music since the EP.
I find all the bashing to be childish and so unnecessary. If you do not like them fine do not waist your time move on and support who you do like.
Yes, you have a right to your opinion and to voice it but does it have to be so cruel? These men do have feelings like we all do, just because they are in the public eye doesn't give you the right to attack them.
This is a great site and the people who work their butts off here for all of us music lovers ...Kudo's to MU.com's team!!!!!

# Jun 25, 2012 @ 2:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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