Queensryche sue Geoff Tate over name
New voice: Queensryche with La Torre
Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson of Queensryche have launched a legal bid to stop sacked singer Geoff Tate from using the band name.
After his surprise dismissal earlier this year, Tate announced he’d formed his own Queensryche starring former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover, Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo and Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer.
His move came after a court dismissed his attempt to stop his old bandmates from using the title. Tate argued the decision meant both parties were free to employ it.
With a trial due in November to decide whether the original band acted legally in ejecting the singer, a new lawsuit has been filed, in which they call for the new outfit to be barred from calling themselves Queensryche.
Bassist Jackson tells Billboard: “The recent announcement of a second Queensryche lineup, tour plans and new musical direction has caused some confusion for our fans.
“This confusion has caused Scott, Michael and I to file a motion against our former vocalist to prevent him from using the name.
“Until now we have never asked the court to intervene on our behalf – but it seems like we have no choice now. We thank the fans who have been supporting us through this whole process and can’t wait to unleash the one true Queensryche to the masses.”
Tate declined to comment on the latest development.
He was sacked in June after a series of disagreements with his bandmates culminated in violent outbursts ahead of and during a show in Brazil – actions he says he regrets. The band hired Todd La Torre as his replacement and are working on their first album with the Crimson Glory frontman. Tate, meanwhile, is set to release new solo album Kings and Thieves next month. He hasn’t revealed details of how his new Queensryche will proceed.