The four other current members – Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren – have definitely recruited Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre for a new band called Rising West. The band will hit the road later this year to perform material from Queensrÿche’s first five albums, and they also plan to record new material.
Tate is currently on a solo acoustic tour in North America, and while he has been performing occasional shows with Queensrÿche in recent months, a bizarre incident occurred last weekend that saw Tate tell an audience that “they suck.” There are also unsubstantiated rumours that Tate attacked his bandmates backstage at a show in Sao Paulo back in April. However, a publicist for the band has told Ultimate Classic Rock that the stories of a split are unfounded.
“There’s really no ‘situation’ other than the fact that Geoff Tate is concentrating on his acoustic solo performances this summer while the other members of the band have formed a new outfit called Rising West with Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory. Everyone wants to stay busy, try new things and do what they do best ... and, of course, that’s rock in front of the masses. Queensrÿche are slated to perform select dates throughout the year.”
In a May 31 story published by LubbockOnline, Tate seems unconcerned by any friction. “Queensrÿche is not doing much together this year,” Tate said. “I wanted to keep touring and I wanted to move in a different direction. It’s kind of a singer’s dream really. You’re not competing with the other instruments, especially the drum kit.”