A noticeable rebranding of Geoff Tate’s webpage indicates that a settlement in the legal battle for the rights to his old band’s name has been settled. The site now reads: “Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche.” Even more tellingly, there is a new prominently featured link to the Todd La Torre edition of the band.
Both sides ended up laying claim to the band name after Tate, Queensryche’s former frontman, was fired in 2012. That led to competing albums and tours, and much confusion. More recently, however, there has been talk of a pending agreement on moving forward — something that’s apparently happening now.
Torre’s Queensryche, which features long-time guitarist Michael Wilton, is at work on a follow-up effort to a well-received eponymous album that went to Billboard No. 23. Tate’s version of the band, which some dubbed Tatesryche to keep things straight, issued its own studio effort — but Frequency Unknown limped to No. 82 amid furious complaints from consumers.
Tate and his wife, who formerly served as Queensryche’s manager, filed an initial lawsuit in the summer of 2012 seeking ownership of the band name. Wilton and Company then filed a countersuit.