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Geoff Tate May Use Queensryche Name for Now, Judge Rules

Geoff Tate May Use Queensryche Name for Now, Judge Rules

A Washington state judge ruled Oct. 19 that singer Geoff Tate -- who was fired from the band Queensryche after fronting it for 30 years -- may perform with his own version of the group until a lawsuit he filed against three former bandmates is settled.
Gene Simmons Q&A: On Kiss Empire, New Album and Advice for Lady Gaga

Gene Simmons Q&A: On Kiss Empire, New Album and Advice for Lady Gaga

Billboard spoke to Gene Simmons the day of Kiss' Sept. 21 date at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. Never one to lack for talking points, he explained how Kiss' face paint is more recognizable than the visages on Mount Rushmore -- and that you shouldn't be surprised if someday you see the God of Thunder rocking out onstage with Mother Monster.
Queensryche Previews Music From First Todd LaTorre-led Album

Queensryche to Geoff Tate: Stop Using the Name

In the latest round of the legal battle between progressive rock band Queensryche and its former singer, Geoff Tate, the group is attempting to keep Tate from using the group's name until the case is resolved. The move comes more than three months after Tate tried the same maneuver against his former bandmates.
Backbeat: Creed, Alter-Bridge's Mark Tremonti's First NYC Solo Gig With Wolfgang Van Halen, Sevendust, Wind-Up, eOne, AEG Execs

Backbeat: Creed, Alter-Bridge's Mark Tremonti's First NYC Solo Gig With Wolfgang Van Halen, Sevendust, Wind-Up, eOne, AEG Execs

Members of Sevendust, execs from Wind-Up Records, eOne Music, The Agency Group and AEG Live turned out for Creed and Alterbridge guitarist Mark Tremonti's first Manhattan solo gig at the Highline ballroom. Playing in support of his Billboard 200 album "All I Was," Tremonti hired a quick-study bassist for the show and an upcoming tour: a babyfaced Wolfgang Van Halen.
Backbeat: Metal Masters Unites Phil Anselmo, Kerry King, Billy Sheehan, Others For Monster Jam

Backbeat: Metal Masters Unites Phil Anselmo, Kerry King, Billy Sheehan, Others For Monster Jam

Metal Masters is a combination music clinic, jam, reunion and house party and last week it nearly shook the roof off New York's Gramercy Theater. Here metal legends like Anthrax's Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Scott Ian; Slayer's Kerry King, Gary Holt, and Dave Lombardo;  ex-Pantera singer Phil Anselmo and bass god Billy Sheehan demonstrated musical techniques to fans and aspiring musicians. Samson Technologies, Zoom, Hartke, Guitar Center and Revolver sponsored the thrash fest.

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