Recording, touring and trying to live some semblance of a normal life is near impossible. Personal issues and business operations often get put on the back burner - just waiting to boil over. That happened on 4/12/12 when Queensryche conducted a band meeting - one that lead singer Geoff Tate did not attend. They decided to fire Tate's stepdaughter Miranda who ran the band's fan club. They also fired Tate's wife, the band's manager, over "feelings that Susan Tate was not working on the behalf of the band as a whole."
Just two days later, during a soundcheck prior to a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tate and the rest of the band got into a heated argument over the firings and questionable financial dealings. Somehow, Queensryche got through that show and a couple others. But band members Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) came to the conclusion that there was no future in working with Tate.
An early June conference call to negotiate a buyout settlement with Tate ended without an agreement though Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson decided to "continue to use the Queensryche name with a new lead singer."
Not so fast. Just a week later, Tate and his wife filed a lawsuit claiming that the singer was illegally fired from the band. They also sought a preliminary injunction to prevent both the plaintiffs and the defendants from using the Queensryche name.
Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson then filed a motion for partial summary judgment in a Seattle court to declare that Tate "has no right to the Queensryche band name, marks and media assets since he has no grant of authority from the TriRyche Corporation that owns them, unless and until he is able to succeed on his claims to dissolve the Queensryche corporations and to enter a permanent injunction to the same."
However, a Washington State Superior Court judge ruled that Tate was allowed to perform under the Queensryche name until the lawsuit between him and his former bandmates was resolved.
Tate subsequently announced the formation of his own version of Queensryche, complete with a tour itinerary. They were promoted as "Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate the Original Voice."
As it turned out, just two weeks after the failed conference call, La Torre was named Queensryche's singer.
Tate's Queensryche had some impressive talents: bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche '98-'01), keyboardist Randy Gane, guitarist Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot), and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio). They issued "Frequency Unknown" in '13.
Queensryche, with La Torre, released a self-titled effort a few months later.
Finally, in '14, Queensryche and Tate announced that they had reached a settlement in their dispute over the use of the band's name.
Jackson, Rockenfield and Wilton, plus recent additions, La Torre and guitarist Parker Lundgren, were named the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche. Tate won the exclusive rights to perform "Operation: Mindcrime I" and "II" in their entirety as a unique performance.
Operation: Mindcrime was working on a trilogy concept when Rudy and Robert Sarzo departed. Bassist John Moyer, guitarist Scott Moughton and drummer Brian Tichy became full time members.
The Prog Metal band's debut, "The Key," was the first album in the planned trilogy. The '15 release peaked at #36 on the Billboard Indie Album Chart.
"Resurrection" dropped the following year. Guest musicians heard on the album included Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, Tim 'Ripper' Owens (ex-Judas Priest) and Blaze Bayley (formerly Iron Maiden).
2013 Frequency Unknown (as Queensryche)
2015 The Key