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Queensryche Lawsuit Will "Get Ugly"

Monday, July 2nd 2012 11:45

Geoff Tate warns fans that the split will not be pretty

A couple of weeks ago "Queenrsyche" revealed that they had replaced frontman Geoff Tate with Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre after a few months of growing tensions within the band.

However, it seems that the split wasn't at all mutual and a lawsuit has been filed by Tate to stop them using the Queensryche name.

"We're in a lawsuit right now and it's probably gonna get ugly," Tate tells Rolling Stone. "I filed a claim a couple of days ago. So it's all going to the legal system now to sort out who is what, and who owns what, and that stuff." 

"I think it really began around February of this year," said Tate about the beginning of recent tensions. "It mainly started with a disagreement about economics, about moving our merchandising to a third party. We had control over our own merchandising company for years and years and we ran it ourselves. It's a very successful entity, and the other three guys wanted to take it out of our hands and hand it over to somebody else and pay them more money to operate it, which just seemed liked a ridiculous business idea to me. That's really where the disagreement started." 

When asked about internet reports of Tate threatening guitarist Michael Wilton with a knife in Brazil the singer replied, "The way it went was, we had a gig in Sao Paolo, and before the show we had a meeting in the dressing room. I asked them straight up about the rumors I'd heard about them replacing me. I was definitely concerned about this. What kind of plan was that? Was it serious? What was going on? They said that they weren't planning on replacing me, but they had just fired our manager, our office assistant and one of our guitar techs, who all happened to be my family members. 

"I asked them, "Why is this happening?" They really couldn't give me a straight answer, or any kind of answer that made any kind of business sense. It seemed like a personal vendetta against me. Anyway, the meeting was short and we went to do the show. I'm getting ready by my station, ready to go on stage, and Scott (Rockenfield) looks at me and he smirks and says, "We just fired your whole family, and you're next." I just lost it. I tried to punch him. I don't think I landed a punch before somebody grabbed me and hauled me to the side. On my way, I managed to shove (Michael) Wilton, and really, that was it. I cooled down and we did the show, and everything went fine." 

Why does Tate think the remaining members of Queensryche pushed him out of the band? "Well, I think it's economically driven, mostly. I'm a 25 percent holder in our companies. I think it's just business in their minds. Cut me out and then split 25 percent and hire some young guy that's gonna work for a weekly wage so they make more money. It's just ridiculous."

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