Geoff Tate on Queensryche Trial: 'We're in Settlement Talks'

The end of Ryche drama possibly weeks away.

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Geoff Tate recently gave an update on the Queensryche trial, announcing a possible settlement within the next several weeks.

Marking the pinnacle of one of the biggest rock dramas in recent years, the trial is set to determine the rights to the Queensryche moniker between the band's original members and the estranged vocalist.

"Right now, we have two Queensryches, which is way too confusing to fans. We have to give someone the name and someone has to pay the other person off," Tate told, just before bringing up the settlement. "We're in settlement talks now, and I hope that we can come to a conclusion in the next couple of weeks," he added.

Discussing the 25th anniversary of Queensryche classic "Operation: Mindcrime," Geoff was up for the idea of recording concept albums in the future. "Yeah, I love that format," he said. "I love telling a story. It's an intricate puzzle that you have to figure out. It's like solving a crossword puzzle to a point."

Back in July, the singer declared himself the winner regardless of the trial outcome. "There is really no situation like that," he told My Global Mind. "It's a really simple case - it's a corporate dissolvement. It's all about exchanging money, you know, who gets compensated for what. So if I lose, I win; if I win, I win."

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    I personally hope the La Torre led band wins the name. Geoff is a bell-end these days.
    Its a shame Queensryche were such a solid band back in the day to have this tarnish that is just plain foolish.
    I've said this before and I still stand by it: Queensryche still has some Queensryche members, Geoff Tate is just Geoff Tate.
    I wouldn't be surprised if they let him keep the name just so they can be done with this whole thing.
    The settlement dictates that only Chris DeGarmo can use the name Queensryche and will be using it as the name for his new cover band.
    I have a bad feeling Tate is going to get the name, and that those rerecorded tracks on his "album" are going to be the deciding factor.
    I'm not in favor of Tate getting the name. He is NOT Queensryche. Him and his collection of musicians are not Queensryche. If they were all with the band from the start, it might be another store. The name should go to the original band members. The collective. The core of Queensryche not the person that has been the voice.