Queensryche May Continue With Band Name, for Now
Rockers prevent injunction that would have barred use of moniker during litigation with former lead singer Geoff Tate
Queensryche defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13 that would have kept it from touring and operating under the band name, AGPS Management senior manager Glen Parrish exclusively tells Billboard. The act is defending a complaint filed by former singer Geoff Tate in a Washington state court over whether he should be awarded the Queensryche name after being expelled from the group in June.
"We are excited that the Washington courts saw what we and the fans have always known, that Queensryche is more than any one member," Parrish said in a statement. "We are sorry we had to go to court to show this, but we are determined to bring back the quality product Queensryche was known for. We can't wait to unveil to the fans what [the band creates] next musically."
Parrish also confirms that Queensryche has signed with AGPS Management for representation. The band had previously been managed by Tate's wife, Susan.
Queensryche members Scott Rockenfield (drums), Michael Wilton (guitars) and Eddie Jackson (bass) are defendants in a lawsuit the Tates filed June 22 in King County Superior Court. The suit claims the three illegally fired Tate and are tarnishing the group's brand by attempting to continue without him.
Billboard published an interview with Tate on July 6 where he discussed his side of the story. We will follow up shortly with a feature about the defendants' version of the events that led to Tate's departure, as well as the breakneck speed that legal documents from the case keep appearing online.