Todd La Torre-Fronted Version Of Queensryche Forced To Cancel Show

The band was forced to cancel second of two shows in Lincoln City, Oregon after La Torre was diagnosed with a sinus infection.

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The Todd La Torre-fronted version of Queensryche was forced to cancel the second performance of a two-night stand on October 19-20 at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Oregon after La Torre was diagnosed with a sinus infection and "could not sing at all."

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Todd wrote, "Trust me, nothing feels worse than knowing so many made travel arrangements, local, out of state, even out of the country, to attend the two shows in Oregon.

"I have been fighting a horrible cold, sinus issues, etc. I have no throat pain of any kind, I just have a horrible head/sinus/chest cold.

"The immense travel I do coupled with extreme climate change can sometimes create these scenarios. I am only human, and it was a collective decision to cancel. I could not sing at all.

"You all deserve what you came to see, and putting on a half-assed performance by me isn't worthy, in my opinion, nor the band's opinion either.

"We will most certainly be making this show up.

"I am back in Seattle now, basically confined to the house. I'm doing everything I can to stay healthy and get over this nasty cold.

"Thank you all for your understanding and support. If you think it was a letdown for you, you can only imagine how it felt for me and the band.

"We are looking forward to the next show on Saturday."

Added Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton on his own Facebook page, "Todd was diagnosed last minute by a doctor to not sing as he has a sinus infection that has settled in his throat. We have talked with the promoter and everything is fine and the show will be rebooked very soon. We deeply apologize for this to happen."

As reported this past weekend, a Washington state judge ruled on Friday (October 19) that singer Geoff Tate - who was fired from the Queensryche after fronting it for three decades may tour with his own version of the group until a lawsuit he filed against three former bandmates is settled.

Guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield and bassist Eddie Jackson requested a motion for partial summary judgment September 21 to stop Tate from using the Queensryche name and associated imagery as the case proceeds to trial.

Wilton, Jackson, Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren (guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate and recruiting Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory as his replacement. The new Queensryche lineup previously played two shows in their home city of Seattle under the name Rising West.

Tate, who still owns his 25% stake in the Queensryche corporations, claims he was illegally fired from the band because of "blind greed" masked as "creative differences," and that his former bandmates' attempt to carry on as Queensryche with a new singer will "lead to the destruction of the Queensryche name and brand... by failing to maintain the level of professionalism and interaction with media and the fan base as compared to Tate's efforts during the past 30 years."

He and and his wife, Susan, Queensryche's former manager, want the judge to award them the rights to the band's name in exchange for Tate paying Jackson, Wilton and 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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    Danjo's Guitar
    I'm waiting for someone else to get fired so we can have three Queensryches. Then things will get interesting.
    Maybe Chris Degarmo will get fed up with all this bullshi t and start his own 'ryche to show these fairies how it's done
    Josh Reubenking
    Well, this is better than waiting for Geoff Tate to put on a half-assed performance like he usually does anyways. In any case, Todd La Torre is a much better vocalist and a much better person. He doesn't want to let the fans down. He understands the extent that fans go to to go to a concert. I hope he has a speedy and healthy recovery.
    I feel like Geoff put something in Todd's food. You know, because Geoff's a dick.
    dude that sucks but theyre gonna make up the shows. they could have justs aid **** you guys, im going home
    Is this really news worthy? Circa Survive and Coheed and Cambria have both had to cancel/postpone shows within the last couple of days and there was no news article dedicated to them, and they're a hell of a lot more relevant then Queensryche.
    I saw the first show in Lincoln City and my wife and I thought they were great. Only complaint was that the whole show was not even 90 minutes long. Well I guess this explains why.
    My wife and I caught the first show in Lincoln City. Show was excellent. My only complaint was that it was less than 90 minutes long. This may explain the reason for short show duration. Also, seemed like they were in a hurry to get throught the set and not a lot of interaction with crowd. Sound was excellent and Torre and pamela Moore was a welcome surprise.