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New Incarnation of Queensryche Allowed to Keep Using Band Name

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The legal battle between Queensryche and ousted singer Geoff Tate continues. Tate sought a preliminary injunction to keep Queensryche from touring and operating under the band name, but the injunction was denied on July 13. The request is part of a lawsuit filed in Washington state court,with Tate claiming he was illegally fired from the band, among other things.

AGPS Management senior manager Glen Parrish spoke to Billboard about the denial of the injunction. “We are excited that the Washington courts saw what we and the fans have always known, that Queensryche is more than any one member. We are sorry we had to go to court to show this, but we are determined to bring back the quality product Queensryche was known for. We can’t wait to unveil to the fans what [the band creates] next musically.”

AGPS is now managing Queensryche, replacing Tate’s wife Susan. Legal documents filed last week by Tate claim that Susan Tate came to manage the band despite her reluctance and at less than half the rate of previous managers.

The legal wrangling between Tate and his former bandmates is far from over, but until the court says otherwise, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield along with new singer Todd La Torre will be allowed to call themselves Queensryche and play shows under that name. Tate will be playing some acoustic shows this summer, and recently signed a solo record deal.

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