Queensryche Lawsuit Officially Settled, Geoff Tate Loses Rights to Band's Moniker

artist: Queensr├┐che date: 04/29/2014 category: music news
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Queensryche Lawsuit Officially Settled, Geoff Tate Loses Rights to Band's Moniker
The Queensryche legal case has officially been closed with the court awarding rights to the band's moniker to Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton, leaving singer Geoff Tate on the losing side.

"We wanted to let Queensryche fans around the world know that an amicable settlement has been reached between Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate with regard to the future of the Queensryche name," the official statement reads (via Seattle Times).

The agreement points out that the mentioned majority of the original lineup, along with newer members Todd LaTorre and Parker Lundgren is to be known as the sole recording and touring band called Queensryche. As for Tate, the vocalist is left with rights to pursue "other creative endeavors," as well as perform "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" records.

According to the same source, Geoff will kick off a brief Queensryche "farewell" tour this summer before focusing on other musical projects.

"It's the rebirth of Queensryche and the way it used to be," Wilton said. "We're rebuilding the Queensryche name."

Discussing the details behind the settlement, Geoff explained that he had sold the name to his former bandmates. "One thing that's really important for people to understand is that this never went to court," he noted.

"They [Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield] bought the name from me," the singer pointed out. "But I retain 'Operation Mindcrime.' It's sort of similar to the Pink Floyd situation where Roger Waters retained 'The Wall.' 'Mindcrime' was my thing and my story, so it's appropriate that I keep that. So they will continue on as Queensryche, and I will continue on as me."
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