Queensryche Band Name Decision Delayed Until 2014
For the time being, there will continue to be two versions of Queensryche, with former frontman Geoff Tate recently receiving a continuance from the court that will push the court date concerning the band’s name until Jan. 27, 2014.
Tate and his wife Susan, who also was fired by the band from her role as their manager, filed suit in 2012 asking the court to grant them the rights to the band name in exchange for the singer paying the remaining members the fair market value for their interest in the band’s companies. The members of the band also filed suit to claim the name.
The case was initially scheduled to take place Nov. 18, but the Tate’s requested the continuance to provide sufficient time for both sides to continue active settlement negotiations without incurring additional court costs. The couple also cited that they have “80 potential witnesses” and adding to the scheduling issues is the fact that Queensryche will be touring this fall, making some of the witnesses more difficult to pin down for depositions.
Meanwhile, the remaining members of Queensryche filed their opposition to the Tate’s motion, but the continuance was granted. In a recent interview with the Oakland Press, drummer Scott Rockenfield stated that negotiations are ongoing with Tate, and he adds, “There’s still time for anything to happen between now and [the start of the trial].” He continued, “I think our confidence is pretty high. There’s still a lot of legal stuff you have to deal with, but we just feel good and look at it as the light at the end of the tunnel and keep playing shows and making music. I think when you do that, the right decision will be made in time.”