QUEENSRYCHE - Part Ways With Geoff Tate2012-06-21
Billboard is reporting that the inevitable happened. Queensrÿche has officially announced that the band will continue without iconic lead vocalist Geoff Tate, who will be replaced by Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre.
Drummer Scott Rockenfield said in a statement: "Over the past few months, there have been growing creative differences within Queensrÿche. We want our fans to know that we hoped to find a common resolution, but in the end parting ways with Geoff was the best way for everyone to move forward in a positive direction. We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors. We can't wait to bring Queensrÿche to our fans with Todd behind the microphone."
The statement also said that scheduled Queensrÿche performances "are on hold at [the] present time and revised routing is being worked on. Fans can check the band's website for all of the latest tour information as it [becomes] available."
Todd La Torre has recently posted on his Facebook page: "I am not a 'former member' of Crimson Glory. Both bands are fully aware of my involvement. Crimson Glory is still alive and well, and we are continuing to write material for the new record. Queensrÿche enters a new chapter; buckle up."
On May 29th, the other members of Queensrÿche announced they were forming a project called Rising West with La Torre. Rising West posted June 5th on its Facebook page that it was "being denied access to our own Facebook page and website (meaning Queensrÿche)," which promoted other side projects, such as Tate's wine business and Rockenfield's recording endeavors. In response, Tate's step-daughter, Miranda, posted June 7th on Facebook that "it's about time to get some truth on the table" and denied that other members couldn't access the site, among other alleged problems.