Geoff Tate Wins Court Ruling to Continue Using Queensryche Name
There will continue to be two Queensryches, at least for the time being, as a Washington state judge ruled Friday (Oct. 19) in favor of Geoff Tate, allowing the singer to perform with his own version of the group after being ousted from his former band earlier this year.
Billboard reports that Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira denied a motion for a partial summary judgment that had been filed by guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield and bassist Eddie Jackson last month attempting to keep Tate from using the name. Jackson stated in a recent interview with Billboard that the announcement of a Tate-led Queensryche lineup that was planning to tour and record led to confusion amongst their fans.
Earlier this year, Tate's attempts to keep his former bandmates from touring under the Queensryche name, but with a different vocalist, were denied. However, at the time of the July ruling, Schapira stated that there was not enough information given that would keep her from letting Tate use the moniker as well.
The members of Queensryche issued a statement to Billboard which read:
Queensryche is disappointed in the denial of the motion to prevent our former vocalist from using our name, but we respect the court's decision to do so. That said, we apologize for any confusion to our fans that a second entity sharing our name may cause. We look forward to seeing all of you on the road and bringing you new Queensryche music in the near future. Thank you all for your continued support, and for now we will just have to let the rocking do the talking.
Tate has also filed suit for wrongful termination, while the band countersued claiming creative obstruction and violent behavior. Should the cases proceed to trial without a settlement, the court date is set for Nov. 18, 2013.