It is not just he who has the last word who wins an argument in the music world, but he who operates under the group’s name who is the victor. The problem is that right now there are two groups operating under the name Queensryche. There is Geoff Tate’s new collection of musicians and one with a new lead singer to join Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, and Scott Rockenfield. Thus Queensryche tickets could be two very different experiences.
The Tate version took effect with Tate the lead singer, Kelly Gray and Glen Drover taking turns as lead and rhythm guitarists, Rudy as the bassist, Bobby Blotzer as the drummer and Randy Gane as the keyboardist. This Queensyche is promising it is Tate’s voice that is the true signature of the band. IT appears this version will be embarking on the Shiprocked Cruise from November 27 to December 1, 2012. Wilton, Jackson, and Rockenfield’s Queensyche is busy on tour right now. They are playing music festivals and casino resorts until the end of the year. The courts have failed to dissuade one of the parties from clearing things up for the fan’s sake.
Perhaps the winner will finally be decided not in court or on the live stage. Rather, it will be the first Queensryche to release an album with the backing of a major label that will determine who resumes their career as the band once backed by EMI, Atlantic, Rhino, and Roadrunner. This is most certainly one of the ugliest band battles of these contemporary times. It is not just a matter of a musical family, but of mixing family and business.
For those unclear of the situation, Tate was fired after it had been determined his wife and band manager had used corporate funds to fund the touring of an Irish band she also happened to be managing. This band had been opening for the Queensryche. The relationship turned ugly with expletives and spit over the course of the South American portion of the tour, specifically in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Now the two are sparring through the media and there are twice as many Queensryche tickets to go around.