Queensryche, Geoff Tate Announce Lawsuit Settlement Terms
Nearly two years after Queensryche fired Geoff Tate, the parties agree that his former bandmates will keep the group's name.
Queensryche and former lead singer Geoff Tate have officially announced the terms of their settlement in a lawsuit Tate filed in June 2012 after he was fired from the band.
The joint press release that the band and Tate have released to select news outlets reads as follows:
"We wanted to let Queensryche fans around the world know that an amicable settlement has been reached between Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate with regard to the future of the Queensryche name. According to the agreement, original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton along with recent members, Todd LaTorre and Parker Lundgren, will now be the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche, performing selections from their entire musical catalog that spans over 30 years of material. Original Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate will continue to record, perform and pursue a variety of other creative endeavors and, as part of the agreement, will have the exclusive rights to perform 'Operation: Mindcrime I' and 'II' in their entirety as a unique performance. Both sides wish each other well and are excited about what the future holds. We want to thank the fans for standing beside us through this ordeal and look forward to sharing our music with you for years to come." - Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate
Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson were defendants in a lawsuit that Tate and his wife, former Queensryche manager Susan Tate, filed in King County Superior Court. The suit claimed the three illegally fired Tate and tarnished the group's brand by attempting to continue without him. Queensryche filed a countersuit against the Tates that accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan of questionable business practices.