Singer Geoff Tate — who was fired from the Seattle progressive rock band QUEENSRŸCHE last year after fronting it for three decades — was granted a continuance until January 27, 2014 in his legal battle with his former bandmates over the rights to the group’s name.
Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE’s former manager, filed a lawsuit in June 2012 asking the judge to award them the rights to the band’s name in exchange for Tate paying Eddie Jackson (bass), Michael Wilton (guitar) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) the fair market value for their interests in the QUEENSRŸCHE companies. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson filed a countersuit against the Tates in which they accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate of questionable business practices.
In their August 9 motion to continue the trial date — originally scheduled for November 18 — and amend the case schedule, the Tates requested “a minimum 180-day continuance to provide sufficient time for the parties to continue active settlement negotiations without incurring substantial trial preparation costs and, if such efforts fail, to provide sufficient time to complete discovery and properly prepare for what will be a very lengthy trial.” The Tates added that “80 potential witnesses” have been identified for trial and they estimated that the parties will need to collectively take 20 to 40 depositions.
Further complicating the scheduling of depositions is the fact that Tate’s former bandmates will be traveling for most of September and will be unavailable for depositions. Said the Tates in their motion, which can be viewed on the The Breakdown Room web site: “There simply is not enough time to properly prepare for trial. Discovery is incomplete. Even if the parties only depose a fraction of the witnesses identified, doing so will take 20 to 30 days. Many of these witnesses are located out of state. The facts that underlie this dispute span nearly 30 years. Trial could take three to four weeks with 20 to 40 witnesses.”
After a bloody successful maiden voyage in 2012, Decibel magazine is doubling down on veteran star power for their second annual national tour. This spring, the plague spreads as Decibel brings you three living legends of death metal and grindcore: the preeminent gore institution CANNIBAL CORPSE; rabble-rousing U.K. grind icons NAPALM DEATH, and NYDM stalwarts IMMOLATION.
While occultism permeated last spring’s inaugural Decibel tour — featuring exclusively European headliners in BEHEMOTH, WATAIN, THE DEVIL’S BLOOD and IN SOLITUDE — they looked (mostly) to North America for this year’s unholy assemblage. Three of Decibel‘s favorite underground powerhouses will take on this year’s rotating opening slot: demented Bay Area death-grinders CRETIN, Canadian tech-prog upstarts BEYOND CREATION and Beltway grind/powerviolence crushers MAGRUDERGRIND. And the time is ripe to see the new bleed into the old: three of the six artists performing are expected to have new records detonating during the tour.
CANNIBAL CORPSE will be releasing a box set to commemorate their 25th anniversary: “Dead Human Collection: 25 Years Of Death Metal”. The box contains: all 12 full-length studio albums in a 12-CD foldout case with new artwork, “Torturing And Eviscerating Live” on CD and LP picture disc recorded in Tampa, Florida in 2010 and Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2012, plus new exclusive images by Vince Locke, 12″ x 12″ graphic prints of all 13 original album covers, and a 2013 CANNIBAL CORPSE calendar. The box will be in stores on March 16 and will be available for pre-order soon, along with the previously announced series of CANNIBAL CORPSE picture discs.
Kicking off in May, this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour gauntlet will last a full week longer than its 2012 counterpart, spanning over 30 North American dates. Presented by Metal Blade, IndiemerchStore.com,Nuclear Blast, Lace Pickups, Century Media and Season Of Mist, the 2013 Decibel Magazine Tour will bring together the kind of globally-renowned, boundary-pushing innovators that have made it possible for the magazine to continue thriving for over 100 issues. Coming off a tour noted for BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal‘s triumphant return to the States following his battle with leukemia — which culiminated in an explosive sold-out closing gig in New York City — Decibel had no choice but to go bigger and even more badass.
“We’re psyched to be headlining this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour along with IMMOLATION and NAPALM DEATH,” says CANNIBAL CORPSEbassist Alex Webster. “This is a lineup of bands that have been a consistent part of the death/grind scene for decades, and we’re proud to be a part of it. It will be a legendary night for extreme music.”
“Do you remember the Blue Grape merchandise catalog?” asks Decibeleditor-in-chief Albert Mudrian. “How about the ‘Hard N’ Heavy’grindcore video special? Or purchasing CDs in longboxes? Then this year’sDecibel Magazine Tour was aseembled for you. See you on the campaign trail for musical destruction.”
Here’s an early opportunity to score a great deal AND avoid standing in line. Twenty premium packages are available in each market that include your ticket to the show, a tour T-shirt, a tour poster, a super-exclusive “Skip the Line” pass to move you to the front when doors open, one free track, “Scourge Of Iron”, from the forthcoming CANNIBAL CORPSE box set, “Dead Human Collection: 25 Years Of Death Metal”, and one 10% off coupon for a purchase on IndieMerchStore.com. The price of this package is less than you would spend on a ticket and a tour shirt at the show! More details, including ticket info, will be announced atwww.decibelmagazinetour.com.
2013 Decibel Magazine Tour dates:
May 10 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
May 11 – Dallas, TX – Trees
May 12 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
May 14 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
May 15 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
May 16 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
May 17 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
May 18 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
May 19 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
May 21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
May 22 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
May 23 – Edmonton, AB – Starlight Room
May 24 – Regina, SK – Riddell Centre
May 25 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
May 26 – St. Paul, MN – Mill City Nights
May 28 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
May 29 – Detroit, MI – Harpos
May 30 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 31 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix
Jun. 01 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Jun. 02 – Boston, MA – Royale
Jun. 04 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
Jun. 05 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun. 06 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Jun. 07 – Cleveland, OH – Peabodys
Jun. 09 – St. Louis, MO – Pops
Jun. 11 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Jun. 12 – Orlando, FL – Beacham