Geoff Tate Looks To Continue Using Queensryche Name
Queensryche may have been able to keep their name for touring purposes in court, but the legal matters are far from over. The biggest issue concerning the band and their former singer Geoff Tate at the moment concerns online access to websites utilizing the band's name.
The remaining members have announced plans to launch a new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial and an official website at www.QueensrycheOfficial.com. This is in reaction to the fact that they've been unable to obtain access to the band's existing websites and social networking outlets -- because, they claim, Tate and his family have locked them out.
Drummer Scott Rockenfield told Billboard, "Because of the inability for us to have access to our login information for our Internet portals, and because of the ongoing legalities, we decided it was best to launch the new website and Facebook. However, our current and active Twitter account for Queensryche is now under our control and remains the same." At present, both the Tate-run Facebook site and the Queensryche newly launched page claim they are the "official Queensyrche page."
Queensryche remain at odds with Tate, with the singer claiming that the band illegally fired him from the band and are tarnishing their brand by moving on without him.
In addition, Tate is reportedly planning tour with his own version of Queensryche and his GeoffTate.com website now has a banner stating: "Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche." He's also billed on a booking agency's website as: "Queensyrche starring Geoff Tate: The Original Voice."