Queensryche Officially Fire Geoff Tate

Queensryche have officially parted ways with singer Geoff Tate, and have replaced him with Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre.

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Queensryche have officially parted ways with singer Geoff Tate, and have replaced him with Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre.

The band say that creative difference forced them apart, but are positive about their future:

"We want our fans to know that we hoped to find a common resolution, but in the end parting ways with Geoff was the best way for everyone to move forward in a positive direction," said drummer Scott Rockenfield.

"We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors. We can't wait to bring Queensryche to our fans with Todd behind the microphone."

For now, official Queensryche performances are on hold until further notice.

Reports over recent months suggest that it was more than just creative difference which led to his departure. Henne Music report on an alleged incident in Sao Paulo in Brazil where Tate is said to have threatened Rockenfield with a knife after overhearing the band talk about firing him. He is also alleged to have punched guitarist Michael Wilton to the floor.

Only two weeks ago, the remaining members had announced a set of live shows with La Torre as Rising West, which played rare and classic hits from early Queensryche albums.

Photo credit: Mike Savoia

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    Anjohl
    They get one shot from me. If they bring back metal and prog in their songwriting, they will get me back. Btw, while good for what it is, Empire is the start of their decline. Empire and.Promised Land are almost two sides of the same album.
    valnir230
    I don't know about this. When I think of Queensryche I think Tate and DeGarmo. The quality dropped when DeGarmo left and I don't think their new album will sound even close without either. I'll at least pay attention, even if I may not buy anything.
    Peres.T.Peanut wrote: I never listened to anything from these guys. are they worth checking out?
    If you want to start, listen to songs from Operation Mindcrime (one not two), or Empire. Those two albums are when they were at their peak, anything after that (Promised Land and on) is iffy. You might like them or you might not.
    DaFjory
    Well this can only be good. Remember when Timo Tolkki left Stratovarius after a string of sucky albums? They suddenly sounded better than ever without their stale, uninspired frontman. I heard that La Torre version of Queen Of The Reich - maybe now I'll actually enjoy a Queensryche album for the first time since Empire.
    swave75
    JackalUK wrote: Todd sounds pretty much like an early Tate, I don't think you can get much closer. Perhaps they can get back Degarmo now and make a decent record.
    That is exactly what I thought.
    Way Cool JR.
    Suckerpunchme! wrote: Way Cool JR. wrote: HeavyMetalSonic wrote: YES. This is the best thing to ever happen to Queensrche! I hope they have the same amazing rejuvenation with their new singer as Accept did with Mark Tornillo. I look forward to being able to enjoy this band again. It will never be the same without Geoff, and Accept is nowhere near as good with Mark as they were with Udo. Udo is a fricken legend IMO a one of a kind voice. One of a kind voice maybe, but not near as good. The last two albums by Accept are better than anything they ever put out with Udo.
    Different strokes for different folks.
    colombus1
    If someone wants to get familiar with their music, they should probably start from the begining. I grew up following the rise of the band and i do admit that they have somewhat lost their spark after the departure of Degarmo. Still i kept buying their albums through the years hoping for something special to come out of the bag. Unfortunately despite a few good moments, overall it hasn't happen. Geoff might well be an amazing singer, but clearly something does not work anymore in the queensryche camp.Parting ways (hopefully amicably) for these guys might be the best way to go about it and we all should respect that. La torre is one hell of a singer so it definitely gives us something to look forward to. Time will tell. I agree with one of the previous comment: if they come back as strong as Accept did with Mark Tornillo, it should be something special.
    shreddymcshred
    geoff isn't the geoff he used to be. a new singer is going to be good for them. zp theart is floating around somewhere...
    Metalreaper13
    I saw queensrche back in August, and they put on a great show. Now Geoff Tates voice may not be as good as it once was, mind you very few musicians can stay on top and sound exactly at their best for 30 or so years. Now I'm 17, so by the time I was born, was the decline of queensrches music. As most who like the band, I like they're older material (empire and back). When Degarmo departed, it just wasn't as good. Even though the new albums aren't nearly as good, that doesn't turn me away as a fan. So I just play the older songs, and pretend the new ones don't exist . With Tate and Degarmo now out (who I generally thought of as the band), it leaves some uncertainty, but it's for the best. For people who aren't familiar with them, check out the old heavy stuff, for the ones who don't like them anymore, pretend the new albums never happened
    scorpio2billion
    [b] It will never be the same without Geoff, and Accept is nowhere near as good with Mark as they were with Udo. Udo is a fricken legend IMO a one of a kind voice.
    Yes, and the kind is Bon Scott!
    JackalUK
    FOR ALL THE UNGRATEFUL BASTARDS WHO ARE HAPPY TO SEE Geoff Tate LEAVE SHAME ON YOU....QUEENSRYCHE IS WHAT IT IS NOW BECAUSE OF Geoff & ALL HIS INPUT AS A GREAT METAL SINGER. [/quote] Was. Tate was a phenomenal performer throughout the years, but his pushing for the artistic direction of the band has for years been less than stellar. We know that band can do better and Tate has been nothing but a thorn in the side for years. After seeing them live last year the band looked depressed, lost and uninterested. This has been a long time coming and hopefully Queensryche will go back to making interesting music and Tate can get his jollies with his solo album and make some interesting music. It might work out better for both.
    Gortorek
    Bugg*r me, that's not a pleasant face to wake up to! Now I can see where the makers of Metalocalypse got their reference for William Murderface's ugly mug...
    District
    VanTheKraut wrote: Well there went the whole point of Queensryche. I wont be awaiting anything they put out, but I'm going to keep an eye out for anything Geoff does in the future.
    Totally agreed. Queensrche was about moving forward, not backward into the past. If they release a new record, I will not expect much of it. Tate was Queensrche. Call it Taterche if you want, but he was what gave the band the unusual sound and direction.
    RycheRulz
    Queensryche has been dead for a very long time, IMO. I have been a huge QR fan since 1987. But the magic left Tates voice, as did the love of the music, back after the Empire album. Todd had the passion, and the pipes to pull this off. PLUS he sounds better now than Tate does now, Tate was still the man on the early albums, no doubt there, but this guy has it too. I support this call 100% Tate forgot, it's about the music, not the name.
    damillion
    Queensrche stopped being Queensrche when Degarmo went out the door. They should have changed their name long ago.
    kurt_cobain9
    JackalUK wrote: Todd sounds pretty much like an early Tate, I don't think you can get much closer. Perhaps they can get back Degarmo now and make a decent record.
    I don't know, Degarmo kicks ass and all, but I don't think Parker is that terrible.
    HeavyMetalSonic
    YES. This is the best thing to ever happen to Queensrche! I hope they have the same amazing rejuvenation with their new singer as Accept did with Mark Tornillo. I look forward to being able to enjoy this band again.
    JackalUK
    Todd sounds pretty much like an early Tate, I don't think you can get much closer. Perhaps they can get back Degarmo now and make a decent record.
    Shiookami
    I'll miss Geoff Tate's voice, but i can't wait to hear how the new singer fares!
    PoopietheClown
    I think they meant...Tate "slapped" Wilton to the floor...and then they embraced and had gay love.
    tonello
    I think Tate was a great singer, but you know, I don't think I could put up with his bullshit for as long as they have. Best of luck to them. I hope to see some great things from La Torre.
    Way Cool JR.
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: YES. This is the best thing to ever happen to Queensrche! I hope they have the same amazing rejuvenation with their new singer as Accept did with Mark Tornillo. I look forward to being able to enjoy this band again.
    It will never be the same without Geoff, and Accept is nowhere near as good with Mark as they were with Udo. Udo is a fricken legend IMO a one of a kind voice.
    VanTheKraut
    Well there went the whole point of Queensryche. I wont be awaiting anything they put out, but I'm going to keep an eye out for anything Geoff does in the future.
    schirripar
    What's going to happen with the Scorpions tour? I wonder if they will find a new opening band
    westley23j
    Sorry. Meant to PLUS 1 that one. They were SO much better with DeGarmo.
    JackalUK wrote: Todd sounds pretty much like an early Tate, I don't think you can get much closer. Perhaps they can get back Degarmo now and make a decent record.
    shwilly
    GaryS wrote: I look at the picture, I see Bob Geldof.
    a drummer wrote: I didn't know Tommy Lee Jones grew out his hair and started singing
    What are you talking about? He looks like 80's Steve Howe (Asia style)
    Slaytan666
    shwilly wrote: GaryS wrote: I look at the picture, I see Bob Geldof.a drummer wrote: I didn't know Tommy Lee Jones grew out his hair and started singingWhat are you talking about? He looks like 80's Steve Howe (Asia style)
    I thought he looked like a cross between Snake and Chief Wiggum from the Simpsons.
    amir razmara
    FOR ALL THE UNGRATEFUL BASTARDS WHO ARE HAPPY TO SEE Geoff Tate LEAVE SHAME ON YOU....QUEENSRYCHE IS WHAT IT IS NOW BECAUSE OF Geoff & ALL HIS INPUT AS A GREAT METAL SINGER.
    christopher1126
    Yeah Right. Good luck! When I think of Queensryche No other member comes to mind but Tate. He'll be fine solo.
    Suckerpunchme!
    Way Cool JR. wrote: HeavyMetalSonic wrote: YES. This is the best thing to ever happen to Queensrche! I hope they have the same amazing rejuvenation with their new singer as Accept did with Mark Tornillo. I look forward to being able to enjoy this band again. It will never be the same without Geoff, and Accept is nowhere near as good with Mark as they were with Udo. Udo is a fricken legend IMO a one of a kind voice.
    One of a kind voice maybe, but not near as good. The last two albums by Accept are better than anything they ever put out with Udo.
    Fuq u
    Geoff Tate IS Queensryche retards. I bet none of you can even name another member without looking in an album cover.