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29 April 2014

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, 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



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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