The members of Queensryche that split with vocalist Geoff Tate last summer have signed a new record deal with Century Media Records, and announced their first album with vocalist Todd La Torreis on the way. Century Media is a company whose A&R representative officially supported Tate's injunction to prevent anyone from using the name Queensryche until legal issues were settled. That injunction was denied last July.
Geoff Tate's musical aspirations have faced their fare share of stumbling blocks lately. After being ousted from Queensryche, Tate responded by founding his own version of the band, which promptly lost a guitar player and drummer, and saw its keyboard player suffer a heart attack -- but Tate isn't letting any of that stop him from hitting the road with a new lineup.
Texas-based blues rockers ZZ Top and the progressive metal group Queensryche are among the acts confirmed to appear at this year's Sturgis Rally concert at the Buffalo Chip Music Festival. Billed as the "largest music festival in motorcycling," the annual event features a mix of classic rock and country acts. This year's rally takes place Aug. 2-11 in South Dakota.
Singer Geoff Tate has certainly had a harder-than-expected road to his new solo album 'Kings & Thieves,' which releases today (Nov. 6) via InsideOut Music. The hard rock veteran began the album as a side project from his day gig as the front man in Queensryche, but by the time it was completed he had been fired from the group he helped found three decades ago.
In the latest development of “As The Ratt Turns,” drummer Bobby Blotzer is lashing out at his bandmates, saying that they “fed false info to fans” regarding the current state of the group.