Queensryche Members Attempting to Stop Geoff Tate From Using Band Name
At present, there are two versions of Queensryche as a result of Geoff Tate's ousting from the band and the inability of the courts to sort out all the legalities as of yet. Tate initially filed an injunction attempting to keep the rest of the band from using the name, but did not succeed. Now his former bandmates are turning the tables trying to keep Tate from doing the same with his reconstructed lineup.
Billboard reports that a motion for partial summary judgment was filed Sept. 21 in Washington state's King County Superior Court. Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield, and Eddie Jackson - Tate's longtime bandmates - are asking the court to declare that the singer "has no right to the Queensryche band name, marks and media assets since he has no grant of authority from the TriRyche Corporation that owns them."
They request that unless Tate is able to succeed in dissolving the band's organizations legally that he should not be allowed usage of the imagery. The singer does have a suit against the TriRyche Organization that also claims that they illegally fired him earlier this year and by doing so will do irreparable harm to the band's brand name.
Jackson told Billboard in a statement, "The recent announcement of a second Queensryche lineup, upcoming tour plans and new musical direction has caused some confusion for our fans. This confusion has caused Scott, Michael and I to file a motion against our former vocalist to prevent him from using the name Queensryche. Until now, we have never asked the court to intervene on our behalf but it seems like we have no choice now in light of Geoff's recent actions. We thank the fans who have been supporting us through this whole process and can't wait to unleash the one true Queensryche to the masses."
Tate recently revealed he had recruited Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo, Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover, ex-Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray and keyboardist Randy Gane to fill out his lineup.
The singer has a new solo record coming later this year and recently announced plans to tour with the new lineup, though it has not been revealed when those dates will take place.