The Todd La Torre
-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE
was forced to cancel the second performance of a two-night stand on October 19-20 at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Oregon after La Torre
was diagnosed with a sinus infection and "could not sing at all."
In a statement posted on his Facebook
wrote, "Trust me, nothing feels worse than knowing so many made travel arrangements, local, out of state, even out of the country, to attend the two shows in Oregon.
"I have been fighting a horrible cold, sinus issues, etc. I have no throat pain of any kind, I just have a horrible head/sinus/chest cold.
"The immense travel I do coupled with extreme climate change can sometimes create these scenarios. I am only human, and it was a collective decision to cancel. I could not sing at all.
"You all deserve what you came to see, and putting on a half-assed performance by me isn't worthy, in my opinion, nor the band's opinion either.
"We will most certainly be making this show up.
"I am back in Seattle now, basically confined to the house. I'm doing everything I can to stay healthy and get over this nasty cold.
"Thank you all for your understanding and support. If you think it was a letdown for you, you can only imagine how it felt for me and the band.
"We are looking forward to the next show on Saturday."
guitarist Michael Wilton
on his own Facebook
was diagnosed last minute by a doctor to not sing as he has a sinus infection that has settled in his throat. We have talked with the promoter and everything is fine and the show will be rebooked very soon. We deeply apologize for this to happen."
reported this past weekend, a Washington state judge ruled on Friday (October 19) that singer Geoff Tate
— who was fired from the QUEENSRŸCHE
after fronting it for three decades — may tour with his own version of the group until a lawsuit he filed against three former bandmates is settled.
Guitarist Michael Wilton
, drummer Scott Rockenfield
and bassist Eddie Jackson
requested a motion for partial summary judgment September 21 to stop Tate
from using the QUEENSRŸCHE
name and associated imagery as the case proceeds to trial.Wilton
and Parker Lundgren
(guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate
and recruiting 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
, who still owns his 25% stake in the QUEENSRŸCHE
corporations, claims he was illegally fired from the band because of "blind greed" masked as "creative differences," and that his former bandmates' attempt to carry on as QUEENSRŸCHE
with a new singer will "lead to the destruction of the QUEENSRŸCHE
name and brand … by failing to maintain the level of professionalism and interaction with media and the fan base as compared to Tate
's efforts during the past 30 years." He and and his wife, Susan
's former manager, want the judge to award them the rights to the band's name in exchange for Tate
the fair market value for their interests in the QUEENSRŸCHE
filed a countersuit against the Tates
in which they accused Geoff
of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate
of questionable business practices.