Rockenfield’s fears over Queensryche ‘turd’
Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield admits the band worried that their first album without Geoff Tate was going to be a “turd” that they couldn’t polish.
They knew the aftermath of their breakdown of relations with the singer meant their self-titled record, featuring new man Todd La Torre, would have to something special.
The band fired Tate after a violent episode in Brazil last year, when he assaulted several members of the band. The resulting split of interests has meant both parties are operating under the Queensryche name.
Rockenfield tells Jam Magazine: “South America was the final straw – our determination that the band was no longer working correctly. Geoff didn’t agree with Queensryche’s direction, so Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and I moved on.
“Our transition brought back that energy and feel that was missing; you can hear it on the new record.
“While working on it we’d joke, ‘Are we putting out a turd?’ You can’t polish a turd and you can’t convince people to buy a turd.”
But he says their self-titled album, released in June, all worked out: “It feels like a rebirth.”
A legal ruling was originally set to be made in November, but was moved to January after Tate requested a minimum 180-day continuance, saying he wanted to use the time to pursue an out-of-court settlement, or to complete preparations for “what will be a very lengthy trial.” Rockenfield and co argued against the change, but a continuance was granted until January 27 next year.
The drummer is refusing to let the continuing doubt get to him. He says: “If I worried about everything that was going on right now, it would eat me alive. Whatever happens, Todd, Parker, Michael, Eddie and I going on as a group regardless of the ruling.
“Seriously, I don’t care what the band’s name is for our next record. No one take the creative fire away from us.”
Queensyrche tour the UK in October:
Oct 12: London O2 Academy Islington
Oct 16: Manchester HMV Ritz
Oct 17: Nottingham Rock City
Oct 18: Dublin The Academy