Queensryche and ex-frontman Geoff Tate settle dispute over band name

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.”