QUEENSRŸCHE — Eddie Jackson, Todd La Torre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton — has already begun writing material for the follow-up to its critically acclaimed self-titled 2013 Century Media Records album, "Queensrÿche". The new CD is tentatively scheduled for release in early summer 2015.
"The QUEENSRŸCHE internal dynamic has certainly changed in terms of musicianship," states founding guitarist Michael Wilton. "It's more of a cohesive team and the chemistry we have now is making what we can do creatively limitless.
"For QUEENSRŸCHE, it was always about being able to write together as a band. We didn't have that for a long time but now that it's back, we feel extremely liberated.
"We've already begun the writing process for the next album and have a few songs demoed that we feel really good about. We're taking the songs in the classic QUEENSRŸCHE direction but maybe a little more progressive and heavier at times. The thing is, you never know what you really have until it's complete. We can't wait for the final outcome.
"Writing with such a dynamic group of individuals has been nothing short of amazing."
QUEENSRŸCHE recently reached a settlement in their dispute over the ownership of the QUEENSRŸCHE name and brand. Century Media has announced that Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton have successfully agreed to purchase Geoff Tate's portion of the QUEENSRŸCHE name. The band will buy out their former lead singer's share of the QUEENSRŸCHE corporation while allowing him the ability to be the only one to perform "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety. He will no longer have use of the TriRyche logo or any other album images aside from the "Mindcrime" releases. He can only refer to himself as the "original lead singer of QUEENSRŸCHE" or "formerly of QUEENSRŸCHE" for a period of two years and that text must be at least 50 percent smaller than his name in all materials. After this two-year period passes, he can only refer to himself as Geoff Tate with no mention of QUEENSRŸCHE at all.
Geoff Tate will be able to finish any confirmed dates billed for his QUEENSRŸCHE lineup scheduled to terminate on August 31, 2014. As of September 1, there will be only one QUEENSRŸCHE entity and that will consist of Eddie Jackson, Todd La Torre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton. This lineup will continue to perform selections from their entire musical catalog, including songs from "Operation: Mindcrime". The band will be able to use all TriRyche logos and previous album artwork for any purposes as needed by the corporation.
Todd La Torre- Vocals
Michael Wilton - Guitars
Parker Lundgren - Guitars
Eddie Jackson - Bass
Scott Rockenfield - Drums