BREAKING NEWSAND THEN THERE WERE TWO. GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCES NEW QUEENSRYCHE WITH STAR STUDDED LINE-UP 2nd September 2012
"So this is the way the game is played. You can leave now... but I think you'll stay."
Geoff Tate has unveiled his new band and it includes Rudy Sarzo, fomerly of Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot, Bobby Blotzer of Ratt and Glen Drover, formerly of Megadeth.
The band will be called... wait for it... Queensryche.
Geoff tried to get his former band, Queensryche, to stop using the name after they sacked him but a judge ruled against him and stated the ruling meant both parties could use the name. Geoff slammed former colleages Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield and Eddie Jackson for having "no spark".
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Geoff tells fans: "I'm sure the last few months have been very frustrating for you. I know they have been for me. It's said that adversity makes one stronger. I'm definitely in a better place now than I've ever been before.
"Today is a new day and I am thrilled to announce the new Queensryche. Together we shall embark on a new musical journey that will be a greater extension of where Queensryche has ever been.
"It's a whole new scene. There are new ideas, different musical backgrounds and a whole new set of parameters. Everyone has ideas you haven't heard before.
"I look forward to this new life and I hope to see you on tour."
Referring to his three decades with Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson he says: "The challenge, when you're in a creative environment, is keeping things fresh and invigorating. After working with the same people for thirty years it gets very difficult.
"You walk into the room and everybody knows what everyone is going to do. There's no spark – the chemistry is very tried and true and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself."
Last week Tate said his dismissal from Queensryche had been a "betrayal."
The other Queensryche, the remaining three original members plus Parker Lundgren are working on new material with singer Todd La Torre. They play at Rock The Bay with Accept, Dokken and Michael Schenker Group on Texas on October 12, then at Snoqualme Casino, Washington, on October 27.
What's the chances of a festival bill featuring Queensryche and Queensryche next year. Wouldn't that be fun.