Singer Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE) has posted the following message on his Facebook page:
“Welcome ‘Tate 1!’ I have a new tour bus for my upcoming solo tour and QUEENSRŸCHE tours [see photo below]. She is about to go through her revamp to be ready to start touring this fall. She will be all custom and I plan on sharing this exciting experience with my fans who make my tours tours happen by having a launch party for her in October of this year. I will keep you posted on her progress. She has a long pedigree of famous tours but started her career as the tour bus for THE EAGLES on the ‘Hotel California’ tour.”
Tate revealed last week that he will support ALICE COOPER on a Canadian tour in November, and will embark on a QUEENSRŸCHE “anniversary tour” in 2013 backed by an “all-star lineup” of musicians.
Tate’s personal web site, GeoffTate.com, was recently upgraded with a new banner that reads “Geoff Tate: The Voice Of QUEENSRŸCHE.” He is also billed on the web site for booking agency Monterey International as “QUEENSRŸCHE Starring Geoff Tate: The Original Voice.” The band’s lineup isn’t listed.
Guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield, bassist Eddie Jackson and Parker Lundgren (guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate and recruiting La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement.
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.