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]

Rescheduled Dates Revealed For Judas Priest’s North American Tour, Queensrÿche To Open

Judas Priest have announced the rescheduled dates for their 50th anniversary North American tour. You can find those below. Notably, Queensrÿche will now be joining the band on the trek as well.

Tour Dates:

03/04 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Theatre
03/06 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
03/07 West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
03/09 Everett, WA – Angel Of The Winds Arena
03/10 Portland, OR – Moda Center
03/12 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
03/13 Las Vegas, NV – Zippos Theater at Planet Hollywood
03/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
03/16 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater
03/18 Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
03/20 Austin, TX – HEB Center
03/21 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
03/23 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
03/25 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
03/27 Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
03/29 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
03/30 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
03/31 Washington, DC – MGM National Harbor
04/02 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino Arena
04/04 Lowell, MA – Paul E. Tsongas Arena
04/07 Halifax, NS – Halifax Scotiabank Center
04/10 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Center
04/11 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
04/13 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre

Skid Row To Replace Queensrÿche As Supporting Act For Scorpions’ Las Vegas Residency

Queensrÿche will no longer be supporting Scorpions during their upcoming Las Vegas residency. Skid Row will now be taking their place. Here’s the dates:

03/26 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
03/30 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/01 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/03 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/07 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/09 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/12 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/14 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/16 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater

Founding Queensrÿche Drummer Scott Rockenfield Files Lawsuit Against Guitarist Michael Wilton & Bassist Eddie Jackson

Founding Queensrÿche drummer Scott Rockenfield has filed a lawsuit against guitarist Michael Wilton and bassist Eddie Jackson for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful discharge and more. Wilton and Jackson’s wives and several business entities related to the band were also named in the suit.

The lawsuit was obtained by Blabbermouth, who shared the following summary of it:

“In the complaint, which has been obtained by BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Rockenfield claims that he took paternal leave of absence from QUEENSRŸCHE in February 2017 after his fiancée experienced complications during the birth of their son and had to have an emergency Cesarean delivery. According to the drummer, his leave of absence was approved by the members of QUEENSRŸCHE and he was to retain an equal one-third interest in all QUEENSRŸCHE companies (QR Companies), including Tri-Ryche Corporation, Melodisc LTD., Queensryche Merchandising, Inc., EMS Music, LLC and Queensryche Holdings, LLC.

In Scott’s complaint, he claims that “Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson are the remaining members of the band QUEENSRŸCHE, as well as the sole or majority shareholders and members of the entities controlling the intellectual property and contractual rights of said group, to wit the QR Companies.”

Scott alleges that or about October 11, 2018, Wilton and Jackson purportedly “voted to dismiss Rockenfield from the QR Companies due in whole or in part to his taking of approved family leave. Rockenfield was informed of his purported dismissal from the QR Companies in a letter dated November 3, 2018.”

According to Rockenfield’s complaint, since 2017, Wilton and Jackson “have wrongfully withheld from Rockenfield all sources of income from the QR Companies in violation of the various Operating Agreements and Contracts governing the QR Companies for no lawful purpose.” In addition, they “have failed to provide Rockenfield with an accounting of the books, records, business and contracts of the QR Companies.”

Although Rockfenfield says he has continued to receive royalties from Tri-Ryche since February 2017 for the old catalogue, he claims he has “received no payments from Melodisc since February 2017, and no payments from Queensryche Merchandising since early 2018, and no payments from EMS since February 2017.”

Rockfenfield also claims that Wilton and Jackson did not include him in the recording QUEENSRŸCHE’s latest album, “The Verdict”, “despite his availability and willingness to participate.”

During all of 2017 and 2018, Rockenfield claims, he “remained active in all aspects of the QR Companies’ business, song writing, licensing options, and communications with the exception of touring.

“During his family medical leave, Rockenfield was in constant and continued communication with the band, participated in writing songs, and prepared for the band’s recording schedule that was set to begin in early 2018,” the complaint reads.

“In October 2018, Rockenfield participated in negotiating a new extension of QUEENSRŸCHE’s 2013 recording contract with Century Media, which would add two (2) additional albums to the recording contract, and continued to work to secure seven very lucrative licensing offers on behalf of QUEENSRŸCHE,” according to the lawsuit.

Rockenfield claims to be “owed compensation for lost wages and profits as, as well as an amount equal to the present fair market value of his equity interest in the QR Companies as of his wrongful dismissal, plus interest thereon.””

Interestingly, a source also told Metal Sludge that the band were planning to do a classic lineup reunion with ex-singer Geoff Tate and ex-guitarist Chris DeGarmo. However, the lawsuit has put those plans on hold.

[via Blabbermouth]

Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche) Premieres “Vexed” Video

Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche) has premiered an age-restricted video for his song “Vexed.” This track is from his solo album “Rejoice In The Suffering.” La Torre commented:

“’Vexed’ highlights the unfortunate reality that many nations and its people are facing. Past and present parallels of civil rights movements, social injustices, and the uprisings surrounding geopolitical landscapes are woven throughout the exposé, displaying overt footage from various countries with no exclusivity. Despite its thought provoking and unfiltered content, Thomas Crane of killDevil Films really drove home the vision that Craig and I wanted to convey. This video is really an artistic collage of performance, the ominous side of humanity, and unwavering altruistic heroism. The overall point and message is that we must learn and understand the profound significance of the past and present if we are to have salutary progress for the future.”

Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre Blasts Skillet’s John Cooper Over Anti-Mask Comments

During an episode of his “Cooper Stuff” podcast, Skillet’s John Cooper made some controversial claims regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including his belief that masks are “nothing more than theater.” The comments obviously didn’t sit well with a number of people, including Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre, who blasted Cooper and challenged him to “volunteer on the Covid floor of a hospital maskless.”

Cooper said the following [via Blabbermouth]

“I think that your conscience — your personal conscience before the Lord — has to come into play in a really big way in these issues. If you feel like that the best thing that you can do unto the Lord is to get a vaccine, I would say go for it. That’s between you and the Lord. That’s up to you. Go for it. Absolutely no judgment from me. If you want to get a vaccine and wear a mask, if that’s what you feel like you need to do, that’s up to you. If you wanna wear a mask, up to you. I feel this is an issue of, like, hey, everybody can make kind of their own decisions here, because it’s kind of a weird time we live in. What I don’t like is on these very complicated issues when the dogmatism comes in of, ‘If you are a believer, you will do this,’ when there’s so much to talk about.”

“The issue of the mask wearing, to me, is nothing more than theater. It is making me jump into an unreality, something that I do not believe, just to acquiesce to either the overlords — overlords meaning government, Big Tech, big business, big media, whatever — to acquiesce to what they want me to do. Even though I know that it’s not true, but I’m gonna play the game. And every time I put my mask on, I know that I’m doing something that I do not believe in. In other words, I’m being forced to lie… I’m being forced to jump into something I don’t believe, and I’m living by a lie — I’m living by a lie that this mask is actually gonna keep me safe from all harm. To acquiesce to the government, which says that I’m believing something that I know that I don’t believe. So now I’m basically living in a fantasy world. That frightens me. And every time I put that mask on, that’s basically what I think. I know I’m doing this, I know it’s show, I know it’s theater, I know my overlords don’t even believe in it, because if they did, they wouldn’t be breaking all of their own rules.”

La Torre then responded with the following:

“Cool, then go volunteer on the Covid floor of a hospital maskless and let us know how that works out. He believes in a mythical celestial dictator but doesn’t believe in science. Got it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Mike Stone To Continue Playing With Queensrÿche Through At Least The End Of 2021

Queensrÿche have confirmed that guitarist Mike Stone will continue performing with the band until at least the end of 2021. The group recently had the below exchange with a fan on Instagram:

[via Blabbermouth]

Geoff Tate (Ex-Queensrÿche) Announces Rescheduled European/UK Tour

Geoff Tate (ex-Queensrÿche) has announced the rescheduled dates for his European/UK tour. The trek, which is now scheduled for 2022, will find the frontman performing Queensrÿche’s “Empire” and “Rage For Order” in full.

Tour Dates:

03/09 Rome, Italy – Traffic Live Club
03/11 Milan- Italy – Legend Club
03/12 Luzern, Switzerland – Konzerthaus Schuur
03/13 Wörgl, Austria – Komma
03/14 Nurnberg, Germany – Hirsch
03/16 Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
03/17 Siegburg, Germany – Kubana Live Club
03/18 Mannheim, Germany – 7er Club
03/19 Mannheim, Germany – 7er Club
03/21 Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann Halle
03/22 Zoetermeer, Netherlands – De Boerderij
03/23 Bilzen, Belgium – South of Heaven
03/24 Hamburg, Germany – Kulturpalast
03/26 Grenoble, France – L’Ilyade
03/27 Colmar, France – Le Grillen
03/30 Murcia, Spain – Garaje Beat Club
03/31 Madrid, Spain – Sala Cool
04/01 Gijon, Spain – Acapulco
04/02 Villava, Spain – Sala Totem Aretoa
04/03 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
04/06 Bratislava, Slovakia – Randall Club
04/07 Prague, Czech Republic – Divadlo Hybernia
05/04 Newcastle, UK – Trillians
05/05 Stoke, UK – Eleven
05/06 Grimsby, UK – Yardbirds
05/07 Bournemouth, UK – Madding Crowd
05/08 Swansea, UK – Patti Pavillion
05/09 Nuneaton, UK – Queens Hall
05/11 London, UK – Underworld
05/12 Bilston, UK – Robin
05/13 Blackpool, UK – Waterloo
05/15 Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
05/17 Inverness, UK – Mad Hatters
05/21 Edinburgh, UK – Bannermans

Queensrÿche Perform With Guitarist Mike Stone At M3 Rock Festival

During Queensrÿche’s July 3 set at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD, the band were rejoined by ex-guitarist Mike Stone. You can see footage of that below. This news comes after guitarist Parker Lundgren recently exited the group.

[via Blabbermouth]