The new QUEENSRŸCHE made its official live debut at Halfway Jam, which took place July 26-28 in Royalton, Minnesota. Also appearing on the bill at the three-day event were ENUFF Z’NUFF, LYNCH MOB, STRYPER, BANG TANGO, TRIXTER, JACKYL, BLACKFOOT, MOLLY HATCHET and .38 SPECIAL.
QUEENSRŸCHE’s setlist was as follows:
01. Queen Of The Reich
03. Neue Regel
04. Walk In The Shadows
05. En Force
06. I Don’t Believe In Love
07. Child Of Fire
08. The Whisper
10. Spreading The Disease
11. The Needle Lies
13. Take Hold Of The Flame
14. My Empty Room
15. Eyes Of A Stranger
17. Wrathchild (IRON MAIDEN cover)
18. Jet City Woman
19. Roads To Madness
Video footage of QUEENSRŸCHE’s performance can be seen below.
QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Parker Lundgren (guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with singer Geoff Tate and recruiting powerhouse vocalist Todd La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement. The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup previously played two shows in their home city of Seattle under the name RISING WEST.
Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield defeated Tate’s motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13 that would have kept them from touring and operating under the band name,
Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE’s former manager, filed a lawsuit against Geoff’s ex-bandmates on June 22 in King County Superior Court over whether he should be awarded the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being dismissed from the group in June. Their complaint states Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson wrongfully fired the singer and are tarnishing the group’s brand by attempting to move forward without him.
If the case goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.
In the meantime, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield, along with Lundgren and La Torre have launched a new web site at QueensrycheOfficial.com.
Lundgren was briefly married to Geoff’s stepdaughter Miranda; they have since divorced.