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
), 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.