Queensrÿche Premiere “In Extremis” Music Video

Queensrÿche have premiered a new video for their new song “In Extremis.” This track is from the band’s new album “Digital Noise Alliance,” which will be released on October 7. The group commented:

“This song is about being on your deathbed surrounded by your loved ones. Clinging to the last sense available, letting them know you will still be hearing them after correspondence or perceived consciousness is visible. Other conceptual metaphors flash in and out, taking note of a world that will not bend to accommodate such suffering, a universe of mockery and a universe void of such abilities.”

Judas Priest Announce Fall U.S. Tour With Queensrÿche

Judas Priest have announced a headlining U.S. tour. Queensrÿche will open.

Tour Dates:

10/13 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale
10/15 Albany, NY – MVP Arena
10/16 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall Fenway
10/18 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans
10/19 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
10/21 Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Event Center
10/22 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
10/24 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center
10/25 Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre
10/27 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center Theater
10/29 Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center Moline
10/30 Mankato, MN – Mayo Clinic Event Center
11/01 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
11/02 Rapid City, SD – The Monument
11/07 Ontario, CA – Toyota Center
11/08 Tucson, AZ – TCC Arena
11/10 Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
11/12 Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
11/13 St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena
11/15 Corbin, KY – The Corbin Arena
11/17 Southaven, MS – Landers Center
11/18 Baton Rouge, LA – Raising Canes River Center
11/20 Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
11/22 & 23 San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center & Arena
11/25 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
11/26 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street
11/28 Edinburg, TX – Burt Ogden Arena
11/29 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall

Queensrÿche To Release New Album “Digital Noise Alliance” In October

Queensrÿche have announced that their new album, “Digital Noise Alliance,” will be released on October 7. You can find a teaser for that effort below:

Queensrÿche’s Michael Wilton And Eddie Jackson Respond To Scott Rockenfield’s Lawsuit

Queensrÿche guitarist Michael Wilton and bassist Eddie Jackson have officially responded to Scott Rockenfield’s lawsuit, claiming that the drummer abandoned the group. This news after Rockenfield previously accused Wilton and Jackson of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful discharge and more.

According to Blabbermouth, Wilton and Jackson said the following in a document that was filed to voice their “answers, affirmative defenses and counterclaims”:

“QUEENSRŸCHE was in the middle of a tour and was contractually obligated to play a number of live concerts, including an upcoming April 1, 2017 concert in California, to be followed by several concerts in the U.S. scheduled for April and May, and that QUEENSRŸCHE, including Rockenfield, had agreed and were scheduled in June 2017 to play 13 live shows at different venues across Europe. Rockenfield’s sudden departure required Jackson and Wilton to locate and hire a drummer so that the band could comply with their contractual touring obligations. [Rockenfield] made no effort to assist the band in finding a substitute drummer for the remaining concert dates on the QUEENSRŸCHE tour.”

They also claimed that the band and their manager tried to contact Rockenfield “near the end of 2017” to discuss their new album:

“Rockenfield only sporadically responded to band members and band management about participating in the recording the new album. On those occasions when Rockenfield did respond to members of QUEENSRŸCHE or band management, he obfuscated and refused to commit or agree to rejoin the band or to participate in the process of recording the new album.”

“QUEENSRŸCHE had to have a declaration from Rockenfield as to whether or not he intended to participate in recording on the band’s album. Rockenfield was informed by QUEENSRŸCHE management that due to his continued obfuscation, that his failure respond with anything other than a commitment to rejoin the band for their album, would necessarily be deemed a ‘no.’ Rockenfield subsequently acquiesced to QUEENSRŸCHE hiring another drummer to take Rockenfield’s place.”

Wilton and Jackson also accused Rockenfield of not generating income to pay off a loan that was taken out for a settlement between the band and ex-singer Geoff Tate:

“When QUEENSRŸCHE had negotiated their financial settlement with Tate in 2014, QUEENSRŸCHE’s then attorney recommended and arranged for Jackson, Wilton and Rockenfield to secure a loan from a particular third party lender, the proceeds of which would to be used to pay Tate a lump sum of the entire amount of the agreed upon settlement. Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield signed the loan agreement as individuals doing business as QUEENSRŸCHE. Under the Agreement, Jackson, Wilton and Rockenfield were jointly and severally liable to the Lender for repayment of the loan. The Lender required the band members to pledge real property as security for the loan. Wilton and Jackson pledged real property that each individually owned. As additional security Wilton and Jackson were required to pledge specific valuable and irreplaceable personal property they had accumulated during their three decades of playing and performing in rock and roll music all over the world. Rockenfield did not own any real property. Rockenfield was only required to pledge some computer equipment he had used for recording his side project, Hollywood Loops. With the rapid advancement of computer technology, any value of the computer equipment Rockenfield pledged, quickly diminished.”

The document went on to say that Jackson, Wilton and Rockenfield were required to make regular monthly payments for the loan, adding:

“The loan prohibited Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield from selling or otherwise disposing of personal property pledged as security for the loan, and provided that, if any of the property pledged as security was disposed of prior to the loan having been paid in full, the loan would come immediately due. Prior to the loan being paid in full, Rockenfield sold or otherwise disposed of the property he’d pledged as security for the loan.”

“The revenue generated through QUEENSRŸCHE concerts was the primary income source that allowed QUEENSRŸCHE band members to stay current on Tate loan. Since Rockenfield left the band in Spring 2017, Rockenfield has not generated any income for use to pay off the loan used to pay Tate. Since Rockenfield left the band in 2017, he has not contributed any money to pay off the Tate loan. Rockenfield’s failure to generate any income for the band after leaving in 2017, resulted in the other obligors, Jackson and Wilton, shouldering the entire responsibility to pay off the Tate loan, including Rockenfield’s portion, and, Rockenfield’s actions put Jackson and Wilton at risk of default and loss of their own property.”

Wilton and Jackson also claimed the following:

“[Rockenfield was] intentionally and wrongfully withdrawing $10,000.00 in cash from QUEENSRŸCHE without permission and for his own personal use, intentionally and wrongfully charging personal expenses to his QUEENSRŸCHE company credit card and removing video-wall panels without notice or permission from the band’s storage facility.”

Wilton and Jackson also discussed dismissing Rockenfield:

“[We] provided Rockenfield with 10 days written notice of a shareholder/board meeting of the QR Companies, with a notice of the date, time and location of that meeting place, and an advisement that the subject matter of the meetings was the dismissal of Rockenfield from the QUEENSRŸCHE companies. On October 11, 2018, the day before the scheduled meeting, Rockenfield sent Jackson and Wilton a text message confirming he’d received notice of the meeting. Rockenfield requested that he be allowed to attend the meeting telephonically. Historically, telephonic attendance of meetings of the QR Companies was a commonplace practice for members of QR Companies. Wilton notified Rockenfield he could attend the meeting telephonically. Rockenfield received a text that confirmed the meeting location and included confirmation of the meeting time and the phone number that allowed Rockenfield to call in and participate telephonically in the meeting. On October 12, 2018, at the time scheduled for the meeting, Rockenfield failed to appear and failed to call in telephonically. After waiting for in excess of an hour without Rockenfield either appearing in person or calling to appear telephonically, and, the remaining members constituting a quorum, Rockenfield was formally voted out of the QR companies.”

“Rockenfield’s initial indication that he would participate, at least telephonically, in the October 12, 2018 meeting, only to fail to make any effort to do so, along with his to failure to notify either Jackson or Wilton that he was not going to participate, was consistent with the behavior Rockenfield had shown the band and in matters of QUEENSRŸCHE business for most of the previous year and a half.”

Wilton and Jackson also commented on Rockenfield’s decision to launch his own Queensrÿche site:

“Rockenfield followed his on-line posting with statements on social media that he was ‘ready to rock,’ inviting fans to join his site by providing him with their names and email contacts.”

“Without permission or approval from QUEENSRŸCHE or its label, Rockenfield [also] posted an out-take of a version of an old song QUEENSRŸCHE had decided not to use in a prior album.”

“Rockenfield actually had no new QUEENSRŸCHE music to release and his on-line posts served only to confuse fans and damage the QUEENSRŸCHE brand.”

Wilton and Jackson currently want to have Rockenfield’s claims dismissed with prejudice and to have it noted that he abandoned the band. They are also seeking “general, special, and statutory damages and equitable remedies.”

Geoff Tate Says “There’s Not Really A Motivation” For Queensrÿche’s Classic Lineup To Reunite

During a recent interview with 80’s Metal Recycle Bin, Geoff Tate addressed the possibility of a classic Queensrÿche reunion once again. Unfortunately, the singer says “there’s not really a motivation” for that to happen.

Tate said the following:

“QUEENSRŸCHE had a really good run. Not many bands can last 30 years. And we did, and we wrote a lot of really cool music that I’m very proud of. We visited a lot of countries and played a zillion shows, made a lot of friends. It was a really good run and I’m proud to have done that and grateful for everybody in the band who stuck it out all those years.

I think there’s a time to say goodbye to that and move on to other parts of your life and do things that you wanna do. The older I get, I created a bucket list of things to do in my life, and one of ’em was playing the ‘Rage For Order’ album in its entirety on a concert tour. So I’m doing that right now, accomplishing my bucket list. I wanna go to as many different countries as I possibly can. This year I’m going to two new ones — Costa Rica and Peru, which I’d never been to before. That’ll make it 64 and 65 countries I’m performing in.

So, getting the band back together? For what? If we were gonna make an album together and get on that kind of level, that would be a really difficult thing to do, I think, but not impossible. It would be more likely that we’d get together and do a concert tour, which we’ve been offered, and certain people have declined it. So, I don’t know. There’s not much of a motivator at this point within the band, the people that were in the band. There’s not really a motivation. If it’s not money and if it’s not creatively [fulfilling], why get together?'”

[via Blabbermouth]

Todd La Torre Completes Vocals For Six Songs On Upcoming Queensrÿche Album

Queensrÿche have shared a new update on their upcoming album. The band said the following:

“Todd [La Torre] has 6 songs down on vocals so far for the new Queensrÿche album – things are progressing! @zeussproducer #queensryche #inthestudio #tracking #vocals #toddlatorre #tlt #thevoice #talentedaf #ryche4 #killingit #badassvocals #newalbum #centurymedia”

Geoff Tate On The Possibility Of A Classic Queensrÿche Reunion: “I’m Honestly Not Really Expecting That To Happen”

During an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Geoff Tate was asked about the possibility of a classic Queensrÿche reunion. The singer responded by saying that he is “not really expecting that to happen.”

Tate said the following:

“I’m honestly not really expecting that to happen, basically because we’ve been offered just obscene amounts of money to get back together and do one tour — one tour and we’d never have to tour again. And a couple of people in the band turned it down; they’re not interested in doing it. So that would really be, I think, the only motivation that would get everybody together was an obscene amount of money. But that didn’t work, so [laughs] there’s really no hope for it after that, I think… Money is not the motivator, and getting together for an artistic dream isn’t a motivator either, so what do you have? You have nothing. Obviously, both camps are happy in the position they’re at. I know for myself, I love my life — I love what I’m doing and I love traveling and playing music for people. And so far, I’m still kicking it at 63, still happy and healthy.”

He also added:

“We did hold it together for years and years and years. It was a really, really tightly run ship and it was very lucrative and we had a lot of great records and did a lot of world touring and made a lot of friends and played a lot of music together. And we had our time, and I’ll aways be grateful for that time that we had. That was a time, and it doesn’t mean that that time has to go on forever. There’s new times to be had and there’s more music to be made, there’s more songs to be sung and more audiences to play music for.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Queensrÿche Begin Recording New Album

Queensrÿche have officially started the recording process for their new album. Producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris recently shared a photo of drummer Casey Grillo’s drum kit, along with the following caption:

“RŸCHE under way.. @caseyjgrillo”

Queensrÿche To Begin Recording New Album In January

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Queensrÿche singer Todd La Torre offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the group are planning to begin official recording sessions for the effort in January.

La Torre said the following:

“We have all the songs that we’re gonna be recording. We’re gonna press record at the very beginning of January.”

He also added the following about the musical direction of the new material:

“It doesn’t sound like ‘The Verdict’. It’s its own new kind of thing. We really kind of just focused more on melodic hooks. I don’t think we went in thinking, like, ‘Oh, we need to sound old school or new or this.’

You know what we did on this record… Every other time, each guy would kind of submit their own song ideas and then we would kind of work on that. But what we did on this record was, other than Eddie [Jackson, bass] — Eddie has a couple of songs that are really cool that he wrote and then showed us kind of when they were pretty much done. And then Michael [Wilton, guitar] kind of wrote some interesting chords — still staying within the keys and everything. But we all got in a room with our producer [Chris ‘Zeuss’ Harris] here [in Florida], and we literally started from scratch. Like, ‘Michael, what do you got?’ [And he would] come up with a riff. And Casey [Grillo, drums] would sit on the drums, or I would sit on the drums. We were all actually in a room and just tried it like the good old days. So this record was totally like that — the whole thing pretty much, minus one or two songs. And even that changed a little bit.

I just burned a CD of all the demos to play in my car when I’m out driving around. And it’s cool. I hope people will like it. I think they’re really good songs.”

[via Blabbermouth]