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Geoff Tate announces lineup of his version of Queensryche



Geoff TateQueensryche fans have been either living for or loathing the day that Geoff Tate, who was bounced from the band after 30 years in June, would make his next move. And that day has come: Tate says he'll form his OWN version of Queensryche, using the same band name. So yes, there are now two versions of Queensryche.

A judge has already ruled that two versions of the band using the same name can co-exist. So this ought to be fun.

According to, the lineup includes former Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo, ex-Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, and former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover.

Here's the full statement from Tate from the band's official website (one of them anyway): 

I’m sure the last few months have been very frustrating for you. I know they have been for me. There are so many questions and so few answers.

It is said that adversity makes one stronger. Well, I’m definitely in a better place now than I’ve ever been before. I feel very positive and excited.

The challenge, when you’re in a creative environment, is keeping things fresh and invigorating, and after working with the same people for thirty years, it gets very difficult—You walk into the room, and everybody knows what everyone is going to do. There’s no spark, the chemistry is very tried and true and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself.

Today is a new day and I am thrilled to announce the new Queensrÿche.

Joining me are: Rudy Sarzo, Bobby Blotzer, Glen Drover, Kelly Gray and Randy Gane.

Together we shall embark on a new musical journey that will be a greater extension of where Queensrÿche has ever been.

With this new project, with these new people, it’s a whole new scene. There are new ideas, different musical backgrounds and a whole new set of parameters. Everyone has ideas you haven’t heard before, and everyone is throwing them against the wall and suddenly … the music has a whole new life.

I look forward to this new life and I hope to see you on tour as all of us come together and begin this new era.

Geoff Tate

[Last modified: Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:57pm]


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