Queensryche Issues Statement Regarding Geoff Tate Settlement
Two weeks after former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate released a statement regarding the recent legal settlement that formally severed his ties with the band, the current Queensryche lineup has responded with its own press release.
"The Queensryche internal dynamic has certainly changed in terms of musicianship," said guitarist Michael Wilton. "It’s more of a cohesive team and the chemistry we have now is making what we can do creatively limitless."
As Wilton sees it, whatever bumps in the road surrounded Tate's departure, they led to a more potent creative situation for the new lineup. "For Queensryche, it was always about being able to write together as a band. We didn’t have that for a long time but now that it’s back, we feel extremely liberated," he explained. "We’ve already begun the writing process for the next album and have a few songs demoed that we feel really good about. We’re taking the songs in the classic Queensryche direction but maybe a little more progressive and heavier at times. The thing is, you never know what you really have until it’s complete. We can’t wait for the final outcome. Writing with such a dynamic group of individuals has been nothing short of amazing."
For what it's worth, Tate recently told Legendary Rock Interviews that Queensryche "was never a democracy on the creative end of things." As he sees it, "It was always a matter of, 'OK, who has the idea that everybody thinks is the strongest?' If you didn't have an opinion on it, well, then you didn't have an opinion on it, and most of the time that was the case -- there just wasn't a strong opposition to anything, and to be honest, that's still the way it was all the way up to, oh, 2012 with the split."
Whatever the group's past creative dynamic might have been, the new Queensryche statement goes on to outline some of the details of the settlement, explaining that the band bought Tate's share of the Queensryche corporation while allowing him exclusive full-album live performance rights for the 'Operation: Mindcrime' and 'Operation: Mindcrime II' releases. Tate is no longer allowed to use the group's logo or non-'Mindcrime' album artwork, and he's only able to use the band name in connection with his live shows for a limited time.
"He can only refer to himself as the 'Original Lead Singer of Queensryche' or 'Formerly of Queensryche' for a period of two years and that text must be at least 50% smaller than his name in all materials. After this two-year period passes, he can only refer to himself as Geoff Tate with no mention of Queensryche at all," explains the release. "Geoff Tate will be able to finish any confirmed dates billed for his Queensryche lineup scheduled to terminate on August 31st, 2014. As of September 1st, there will be only one Queensryche entity and that will consist of Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton. This lineup will continue to perform selections from their entire musical catalog including songs from 'Operation: Mindcrime.'"
The next Queensryche record, as yet untitled, is currently scheduled for release in "early summer 2015."