Former Queensryche rocker Geoff Tate has spoken out after reaching a settlement with his former bandmates over the use of the group's name on Monday (28Apr14), confessing he's glad the matter was resolved before it became a "nightmare" court case. Tate filed a lawsuit against Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson shortly after he was fired from the band in 2012, insisting that he alone should be able to tour under the Queensryche banner.
The singer lost a bid for a temporary injunction to ban his former bandmates from performing as Queensryche without him, and on Monday (28Apr14), the two parties reached an "amicable settlement" over the naming rights.
According to the settlement, Jackson, Rockenfield and Wilton will now be "the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche", while Tate has been given "exclusive rights" to perform the songs from the albums Operation: Mindcrime I and II in their entirety "as a unique performance".
In his first interview since the agreement was reached, Tate tells Billboard.com, "I'm very happy that it's (legal battle) over and done and we can all move on with our lives. It's been a long, bitter two years.
"We've been trying to work something out for months and months and months, and it's like any kind of lawsuit - it's just slow going. But finally I think the realisation that going to court over the whole thing was going to be a huge nightmare and huge financial mess for everybody that (we) really started to look at it more seriously and realistically (sic)."
And explaining the full extent of the agreement, Tate states, "It's pretty similar to the Pink Floyd settlement, where one group got the name and Roger Waters got The Wall. It's very similar to that. I retain Operation: Mindcrime and everything revolving around that, and they got the name, so it's a win-win for everybody."
Tate adds he will continue to tour under the Queensryche name this summer, adding, "We're both allowed to do all of our pre-contracted dates as they were advertised, so once those dates are over then it all changes... I think my last date as Queensryche is September 1st, August 31st, something like that."
Rockers Queensryche have been allowed to continue performing under the band's name following a lengthy legal battle with former frontman Geoff Tate. The singer has been fighting with his ex-bandmates Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield since he was forced out of the group in June, 2012, and Tate subsequently lost a bid for a temporary injunction to ban the trio from performing as Queensryche without him until they could resolve the issue.
The two parties have since reached an "amicable settlement" over the naming rights, reports Billboard.com.
A joint statement, released on Monday (28Apr14), reads: "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 (songs) '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."
Judas Priest have signed up to 'teach' fans all they need to know about heavy rock at Las Vegas' first all-metal Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. Frontman Rob Halford, guitarist Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis will serve as counsellors alongside former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, Lita Ford and Vinny Appice at the four-day head-bangers school next spring (27Feb-02Mar14).
Halford tells Billboard.com he can't wait to meet the fans who pay to play with him and his pals: "I'm sure some of those Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Campers will be full-on. I will be interested to see if there's some Metal God, Rob Halford lookalikes wandering around Vegas in metal and studs and whatnot - although I'm sure you can find that in Vegas on any given day, right?"
But he thinks many of those who sign up for the camp will already be good players looking for tips to become great: "I think they're just looking for some professional tips and want to hear from the voice of experience.
"It's one thing to sing in the shower and it's another thing to sing on stage. They're two totally different worlds. So it'll be an opportunity for me to do the best I can to answer questions: 'How do you sing this note? How do you manage to scream like that? How do you breathe? How are you able to keep up that type of intensity?'
"I'll try to explain myself as best as possible and give some insight into what it's like to be a metal singer."
Progressive rock bands Yes and Marillion have announced plans to set sail together for gigs at sea next spring (14). The British acts' Cruise to the Edge will depart from Miami, Florida for a five-day trip to South America on 7 April (13).
The two groups will perform onboard the MSC Divina, which will dock at Isla de Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico.
In total more than 25 bands and artists, including former Genesis star Steve Hackett, Queensryche, Tangerine Dream and Renaissance, will make the trip, and Roger Dean, the artist who created Yes' iconic album covers, will also be onboard.
Yes star Chris Squire tells WENN, "YES will once again host Cruise to the Edge this coming April 2014. Our first cruise turned out to be a lot of fun and I thoroughly recommend the experience. If you're a Prog Rock fan, even better as we have amassed a spectacular array of support talent for the cruise."