Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton has confirmed that singer Geoff Tate, who was fired from the Seattle progressive rock band in 2012 after fronting it for three decades, and his former bandmates have reached a settlement in their legal battle over the rights to the group's name.
Speaking to the Allentown Music Examiner (via Blabbermouth), Wilton was asked when fans can expect a resolution of the legal case involving the two versions of Queensryche. "That's coming up," Wilton said. "What I can say is that both sides have reached an amicable settlement and it's now just a matter of time. There will be an official press release, but for now, you'll have to wait."
Wilton also revealed that the Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band is continuing work on material for the follow-up to last year's self-titled effort.
"We've already begun the process for the next album," he said. "We have probably six songs demoed so far. We're taking it in a direction suited to what we do as Queensryche but maybe a little more progressive and heavier. The thing is, you never know what you really have until it's complete. It's like carving a piece of clay and seeing how it turns out. You peel off the layers until you get to something really cool."
Tate and his wife, Susan, Queensryche's former manager, filed a lawsuit in June 2012 asking the judge to award them the rights to the band's name in exchange for Tate paying Eddie Jackson, Michael Wilton and Scott Rockenfield the fair market value for their interests in the Queensryche companies. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson filed a countersuit against the Tates in which they accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate of questionable business practices.