Geoff Tate Officially Launches His Own Queensryche

There will be two Queensryches touring, one with the musicians and one with "the original voice". Which will you support?

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Geoff Tate has officially launched his own version of Queensryche.

It follows news yesterday that his name appeared on listings for the Montrey International Festival as "Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate".

He has now announced plans for an "all-star lineup", and will append the band title with "The Original Voice".

It is a controversial move after taking his former bandmates in the original Queensryche to court in an attempt to block them from performing under the name. It may help explain why he kept access to the band's website and social media networks.

The band and their new frontman Todd La Torre were forced to perform under the moniker Riding West until July when they defeated Tate's preliminary injunction. They recently returned to the stage as Queensryche at the Halfway Jam in Minnesota.

Despite the ongoing drama, Tate recently told That Metal Show that he wants to talk out their problems face to face:

"I'd like to sit in a room with those gentlemen and have them tell me face to face what the situation is. Explain their actions. I'd like to know and actually understand their point of view. I'd like to see them talk to me face to face rather than through the internet."

Which version of Queensryche would you rather see live? Let us know in the comments.

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    Very childish move... have you seen that facebook message he has posted? How clear does he have to state that he was the original singer? He doesn't need this. Sorry for the language, UG, but what a dick.
    I don't know how many more facepalms i can take, considering dave mustaine accused obama of staging shootings yesterday and geoff tate today...*facepalm* (ouch)
    I think the other members were equally bad for the bitchy cloak & dagger kicking him out, but Geoff should have just got on with the solo stuff.
    This sounds as bad as the Oliver/Dawson Saxon idea, it's just piggybacking off of the band he was most successful in because he can't let go.
    Face R1pper
    How is he acting childish? He has a job and he wants to keep it. Any of us would act the same way.
    I hope the original members of Queensrche (The one with La Torre) sue the crap out of Tate for this. I've got nothing against him moving on to a solo career or anything similar, but exploiting the name and trademark of his former colleagues for profit like he's the sole mastermind of the band is nothing short of pure *****ry. Especially after going megalomaniac with the band's corporate accounts, the Mindcrime film adaptation, etc, this is taking it way too far. What an absolute dumbass.
    The problem is he has a right to use the name as well and since singers often become synonymous with the band, I guess he has every right to use the name,espeically since his band can sound exactly like the records, Todd's version won't.
    Todd's.version is the better show, but Geoff is a sentimental choice.
    I got to see them on their 20th anniversary tour and it was awesome. I am related to bassist Eddie Jackson, so we got VIP passes and got to meet the rest of the band. They are all really nice and cool guys, as well as Geoff. I hate that this all happened, but hope they make amends at some point, they have so much metal history together.
    I don't understand why so many are bitching about Geoff Tate and don't understand him? He worked for Queensryche for 30 years like the other members. He has all the rights in the world to use that name. It's just that many people didn't like where Queensryche were going musically and everyone is guessing, it's because of Geoff Tate. That's why so many are bitching about him. But even if that is the case, I think the band did the most stupid move to fire Tate. I don't need this clone of Tate with no personality at all, who is singing the stuff now. Tate is the man! It's very understandable that he is pissed. ALL OF YOU WOULD BE!