Queensryches granted court delay
Both bands using the Queensryche name have been granted a continuation against the upcoming trial over ownership of the name.
Fired frontman Geoff Tate and his former colleagues asked for more time to work on a settlement out of court, ahead of what is likely to be expensive legal action.
Following Tate’s dismissal in 2012 an interim ruling allowed both bands to continue using the name until a final decision, which was due to be made after a trial beginning next week. One of them would be granted ownership, but they would have to buy the other one out.
Now they have until February 10 to thrash out a private deal – and if they fail the matter will go before King County Superior Court in Washington.
Tate recently reported: “We’re in settlement talks right now. I’m hoping it will all be settled by the end of the month.” Asked which party he believed would end up with the Queensryche name, he said: “Either way it’s in my favour.”
Original drummer Scott Rockenfield added: “We feel good and look at it as light at the end of the tunnel – the right decision will be made in time.”
Meanwhile, former Machine Head bassist Adam Luce, who was fired from that band last year, has launched legal action against his old bandmates, their management and their financial advisors.
In California Federal Court papers Duce claims he was never paid the share he was entitled to as a full partner, and had to find a day job when the band weren’t touring – even though they’d grossed $2m while supporting Metallica and $3m during a European tour.
He further alleges that his professionall reputation was damaged in a blog post in which mainman Robb Flynn said: “We may have fired Adam, but Adam quit well over a decade ago – he just never bothered to tell anyone. Truth be told, he was sick of it. I don’t blame him – but he just wouldn’t quit.”
Courthouse News reports Duce is asking for reparation and punitive damages – amounting to at least $1.8m – to cover trademark infringement, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of partnership agreement, negligence, defamation and other acts.