Geoff Tate has unveiled an entire new lineup for his version of Queensryche.
If you've missed the past few months of Queensryche drama, here's a quick rundown: The band fired long-term singer Geoff Tate for allegedly attacking them at a show in Brazil, but he says it was because he heard them talk about firing him anyway. Tate took the band to court to prevent them from touring under the Queensryche name, but lost so the band have continued with new singer Todd La Torre. However, the judge says there's no reason Tate can't continue touring as Queensryche either, so he's just put a new band together too. Phew!
Tate's version of Queensryche will feature Rudy Sarzo on bass (formerly with Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) on drums and Glen Drover (Megadeth) on guitar.
A couple of Tate's former Queenryche colleagues will return to the fold, namely Kelly Gray who was in the band between 1998 and 2001 and produced several of the albums, and keyboardist Randy Gane.
Tate confirmed the new lineup in a statement in which he complains that the 'other' Queensryche had lost their spark.
"The challenge, when you're in a creative environment, is keeping things fresh and invigorating, and after working with the same people for thirty years, it gets very difficult - You walk into the room, and everybody knows what everyone is going to do. There's no spark, the chemistry is very tried and true and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself.
"With this new project, with these new people, it's a whole new scene. There are new ideas, different musical backgrounds and a whole new set of parameters. Everyone has ideas you haven't heard before, and everyone is throwing them against the wall and suddenly... the music has a whole new life. I look forward to this new life and I hope to see you on tour as all of us come together and begin this new era."
That's a pretty stellar lineup - but will it put the 'other' Queensryche to shame? Will you support one version of the band over the other, or do you with Tate would be accepted back to his old band? Share your opinion of the ongoing drama in the comments.