Geoff Tate and Queensryche Settle Lawsuit

Both sides reached "an amicable settlement," as Michael Wilton reveals.

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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.

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    Alright everyone, get your bets in now. 2:1 Geoff Tate gives up the Queensryche name and launches an underwhelming solo career 10:1 Both groups continue performing as Queensryche and there's a second lawsuit farther down the road 15:1 A la "Sublime with Rome" and "Queen + Paul Rogers" Queensryche performs under a similar but legally distinct name 50:1 Neither band continues as Queensryche 1000:1 Geoff Tate retains rights to the name and goes on to have an unsuccessful career while the rest of the band reforms as something else and continues as normal 5000:1 Geoff Tate gets the Queensryche name and uses the publicity to explode back into success 10,000:1 The band reforms with Geoff Tate on vocals
    Face R1pper
    I'm going with the 10,000:1. Todd stays in the band for a few more years while Queensryche regains their public reputation. Meanwhile Geoff spends the next couple years rebuilding his voice. Then they reunite with Chris and Geoff for an Operation Mindcime 30th anniversary tour and become loved by everyone again. In 2020 they will release a new album "Bold Nascent Universe" and be more loved then they were in the 80s.
    ill hedge my bets with the Queen + Paul Rodgers syndrome
    I don't know about that. Bradley Nowell and Freddie Mercury died while Geoff Tate was fired so there's a difference. My bet is that the other three members get the name since there's more of the actual band in that version while Geoff Tate has the legally similar name.
    Well, the actual Queensryche is 3/5 of the founding members, and there is literally nothing in defence of Tate after what he pulled just prior to his firing (unless cheating your bandmates and punching them on-stage is a sign of a strong band leadership). It's been something like... two years now? and I still don't understand how is it even debatable who deserves the name.
    Tate was technically not a founding member, though. He was a hired gun who understood the bands potential for success after the demo rendered attention.
    20,000:1 We figure out how to peel the layers off of clay? Really though I bet it is something stupid like Queensryche keeps the name but Geoff Tate gets royalties of some kind.
    Reading between the lines, I take the 10:1. I predict Tate will be able to tour as "The Original Voice of Queensryche", and the rest of the boys will have to go back to "Rising West" and be able to advertise as "Members of Queensryche". The actual wording may differ, but I strongly suspect that there will be no further studio albums under the Queensryche name until the inevitable reunion. Which is too bad, since the LaTorre lineup is absolutely kickass.
    Lawsuit or not, I feel like we'll never hear the end of this shit.
    The same way Mustaine is butt hurt because I TOOK HIS SPOT IN METALLICA! HAHAHA
    so now we've got a "kerry king" and a "kirk hammet" its only a matter of time before someone makes a mustaine one
    Geoff's "Queensryche" is a joke and I hope that he doesn't get any use of the name Queensryche. He once was the voice of Queensryche but not anymore...
    Sounds like Queensryche but with more progression and more balls? Hell yeah!
    "what we do as Queensryche" Oh god, they gave up the name to Tatenazi. *sigh*