If you never gave that last Queensrÿche album a chance, you fucked up. Not the Geoff Tate album, but the one with Todd LaTorre. I mean, that entire album is good, from first note to last. And I am not the biggest Queensrÿche fan, and I have this opinion.
Needless to say, I will be awaiting the arrival of Queensrÿche’s second album with Todd, which they’ve begun writing already.
Yes, Eddie Jackson, LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton forge ahead to create yet another Queensrÿche masterpiece.
The new material will be released a year from now, basically.
Founding guitarist Michael Wilton says:
“The Queensrÿche internal dynamic has certainly changed in terms of musicianship. It’s more of a cohesive team and the chemistry we have now is making what we can do creatively limitless. For Queensrÿche, 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.
“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 Queensrÿche 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.”
The band recently reached a settlement in their dispute over the ownership of the Queensrÿche name and brand.
A press release offers even more insight into the settlement’s terms.
According to Century Media, Jackson, Rockenfield and Wilton have successfully agreed to purchase Geoff Tate’s portion of the Queensrÿche name.
The band will buy out their former lead singer’s share of the Queensrÿche corporation while allowing him the ability to be the only one to perform Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II in their entirety. He will no longer have use of the TriRyche logo or any other album images aside from the Mindcrime releases.
He can only refer to himself as the “Original Lead Singer of Queensrÿche or “Formerly of Queensrÿche” 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 Queensrÿche at all.
Geoff Tate will be able to finish any confirmed dates billed for his Queensrÿche lineup scheduled to terminate on August 31st, 2014. As of September 1st, there will be only one Queensrÿche entity — the real Queensrÿche.
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