Nearly two years after Queensrÿche fired singer Geoff Tate, his former bandmates have announced that Queensrÿche members Eddie Jackson (bass), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Michael Wilton (guitar) will keep the group's name.
According to the agreement, Jackson, Rockenfield and Wilton along with recent members, Todd La Torre and Parker Lundgren, will now be the sole entity recording and touring as Queensrÿche, performing selections from their entire musical catalog that spans over 30 years of material.
Original lead singer Geoff Tate will continue to record, perform and pursue a variety of other creative endeavors and, as part of the agreement, will have the exclusive rights to perform "Operation: Mindcrime I" and "II" in their entirety as a unique performance.
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"It's sort of similar to the Pink Floyd situation where Roger Waters retained 'The Wall'," comments Geoff. "'Mindcrime' was my thing and my story, so it's only appropriate that I keep that... The others will be touring as Queensrÿche and I'll be continuing on as me."
Speaking to Billboard.com, Tate said about the settlement: "I'm very happy that it's over and done and we can all move on with our lives.
"We've been trying to work something out for months and months and months, and it's like any kind of lawsuit, it's just slow going. But finally I think the realization that going to court over the whole thing was going to be a huge nightmare and huge financial mess for everybody that [we] really started to look at it more seriously and realistically."
However Tate's relinquishing of the band name will not be immediate. As soon as the amicable settlement was announced, details were released for "Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour".
For the forthcoming tour, Geoff's version of Queensrÿche will be performing all the hits along with some rarities to celebrate the music he's enjoyed making over the past thirty years.
Although the name will change, the lineup of stellar musicians performing with Geoff after this "farewell" tour is expected to remain the same.
Tickets go on sale for the majority of shows this Friday, May 2 and this Saturday, May 3.
"Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour" dates:
July 30 - Hermosa Beach, CA - Saint Rocke
July 31 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
Aug. 01 - El Cajon, CA - Sycuan Casino
Aug. 02 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Aug. 03 - Agoura, CA - The Canyon Club
Aug. 07 - Fresno, CA - Strummer's
Aug. 08 - Vacaville, CA - Theatre Deville
Aug. 09 - Morgan Hill, CA - Downtown Amphitheater
Aug. 12 - Nashville, TN - Music Marathon Works
Aug. 13 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
Aug. 14 - Charlotte, NC - The Chop Shop
Aug. 15 - Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's By The Sea
Aug. 16 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
Aug. 17 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Aug. 19 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Aug. 20 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre
Aug. 22 - Tucson, AX - Rialto Theatre
Aug. 23 - Scottsdale, AZ - Talking Stick Resort
Aug. 24 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Aug. 26 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
Aug. 28 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
Aug. 30 - Bolingbrook, IL - Tailgaters
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