Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Queensryche parts ways with Geoff Tate

The ongoing Queensryche drama reached a new phase Wednesday with official word that the band’s members have parted ways with singer Geoff Tate.

Billboard reports Queensryche is continuing forward without Tate, who has been replaced by Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre.

"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," drummer Scott Rockenfield said in a statement. "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."

The statement also said that scheduled Queensryche performances "are on hold at [the] present time and revised routing is being worked on. Fans can check the band's website for all of the latest tour information as it [becomes] available."

The past few months have see reports of an alleged incident backstage in Sao Paulo, Brazil which involved Tate threatening Rockenfield with a knife. The reports suggested that Tate secretly overheard band members plotting to fire him, which led to an alleged altercation at soundcheck, with Tate pushing guitarist Michael Wilton to the floor before pointing a knife at drummer Rockenfield. Security staff from the venue reportedly had to separate them.

Two weeks ago, Queensryche members announced their first live shows as Rising West, with Torre on vocals; the lineup performed rare and classic hits from the first five Queensryche albums at the hard Rock Café in Seattle.

On June 11, Queensryche were scheduled to open for the Scorpions in West Valley City, Utah, but only Tate appeared, backed by his solo band.

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