1. The Beat 9/4: Made in America Rocks Philly, Prince to Play Chicago

    September 04, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Welcome to the Tuesday, Sept. 4 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's post-Labor Day episode, J.B. dishes…

  2. Geoff Tate Announces 'New Queensryche'

    September 03, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, former Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo join lineup Geoff Tate seemed to be working for the weekend during the Labor Day holiday. On Sept. 1 the singer, who was fired from progressive rock band Queensryche in June, announced the lineup of "the new Queensryche…

  3. Q&A: Queensryche Talks Lawsuit, Plans 'Return to History' Tour

    August 14, 2012 6:00 PM EDT It's been a long, strange summer for rock that's heralded plenty of shocks. The news bulletins for 2012 include the overseas incarceration of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe; the deaths of such talents as Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and engineer George Marino; Van Halen's…

  4. Queensryche Having Online Identity Crisis?

    August 13, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Queensryche, which is engaged in a lawsuit with former singer Geoff Tate and former manager Susan Tate, has launched a new Facebook page ( Facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial ), and will officially launch a new band website ( QueensrycheOfficial.com ) tomorrow, Aug. 14. The group has also…

  5. Everybody Listening: Queensryche-Tate Lawsuit Sets Web Ablaze

    July 20, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Singer Crumbling Empire According to a Queensryche statement Billboard referenced when breaking the news of Tate's departure on June 20, the band has sold 30 million album copies worldwide since forming in 1981. Its best-selling album in the United States is "Empire," which is…

  6. Queensryche May Continue With Band Name, for Now

    July 16, 2012 10:40 AM EDT 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…

  7. Q&A: Ex-Queensryche Frontman Geoff Tate Discusses Split

    July 06, 2012 10:30 AM EDT These days, there is nothing silent about the lucidity of ex- After Chris left the band in '97, you said the other guys didn't contribute much -- they just came in, they played shows and they got the money. Yet Michael and Scott do solo projects and are clearly writing and creating…

  8. Geoff Tate Signs Solo Deal: Former Queensryche Singer Eyes Fall Album

    June 25, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Geoff Tate, who parted ways with his longtime band Queensryche this month, announced that he has signed a multi-album, worldwide solo recording deal with InsideOut Music. "I'm very excited to join forces with InsideOut Music," Tate said in a statement. "They are very…

  9. Exclusive: Queensryche Parts Ways With Geoff Tate

    June 20, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Band Replaces Singer With Crimson Glory's Todd La Torre Rock band Queensryche is continuing forward without vocalist Geoff Tate , who will be replaced by Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre, Billboard has exclusively learned. "Over the past few months, there have been growing…

  10. What's Going on With Queensryche? Fans, Industry Buzzing

    May 30, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Just call it "Operation: Speculation." A couple recent instances of so-called drama have set Queensryche fans and metal news sites to wondering if something is amiss with the band. On May 13, MetalSludge.tv reported there was an alleged altercation among some of the band's…

  11. Big Star Film an 'Unofficial Work in Progress'

    March 12, 2012 3:00 PM EDT The documentary "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" is still "an unofficial work in progress" according to director Drew Denicola. But that's not stopping he and his partners from rolling it out for a sneak peak at this week's South By Southwest movie and music…

  12. Gorillaz/James Murphy/Andre 3000's Converse Track: The Story Behind The Song

    February 21, 2012 1:30 PM EST In the most high-profile offering of its "3 Artists. 1 Song" campaign to date, Converse Inc. announced on Feb. 9 that Gorillaz , LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and OutKast rapper Andre 3000 had teamed up to record an original song for the campaign. "DoYaThing," the…

  13. Yes Bassist Chris Squire Preps Collaboration with Genesis' Hackett

    January 12, 2012 12:00 PM EST Though Yes will be busy with a spate of touring in support of 2011's "Fly From Here" and the new concert album "In The Present: Live From Lyon," bassist Chris Squire is also preparing to roll out his long-gestating collaboration with former Genesis guitarist Steve…

  14. John Fogerty on New TV Gig, Next Album & CCR's Deep Rift

    January 10, 2012 6:00 PM EST J ohn Fogerty is going up around the TV bend this week, making a guest appearance and providing the theme song for Fox TV's new series "The Finder," which debuts at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 12. "The producers of the show, I guess they're big fans and had this idea that they…

  15. Ask Billboard: Christmas in October? Never Say Never

    October 29, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CHRISTMAS IN…

  16. Portishead, Jeff Mangum, Public Enemy Highlight ATP Music Fest

    October 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT The fourth edition of All Tomorrow's Parties' annual East Coast music festival was one big greeting from Asbury Park. After three years of setting up shop on the charmingly dilapidated grounds of Kutsher's Country Club in New York's Castskills area, ATP's 2011 "I…

  17. 'Voice' Winner Javier Colon to Play Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 9:18 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episode of "The Playboy Club," singing …

  18. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. AS STUDENTS…

  19. Queensryche Working on New Album While Touring 'Chaos'

    August 15, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Geoff Tate says he feels every one of Queensryche 's 30 years together "sometimes in the morning, when I'm getting out of the bunk on the bus." But the long-lived group's frontman has few complaints beyond that. "It's been a wonderful ride," Tate tells…

  20. Queensryche Toasts 30th Anniversary with 'Dedicated to Chaos' Album

    July 05, 2011 3:45 PM EDT When a group is trying to break into the business, there are plenty of ways to get attention. It can get a jump-start by self-recording its first album and distributing it online. It can build a social networking force the same way. If it makes the right contacts, it can even get a synch…

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