“Over the past few months, there have been growing creative differences within Queensryche. We want our fans to know that we hoped to find a common resolution, but in the end parting ways with Geoff was the best way for everyone to move forward in a positive direction,” drummer Scott Rockenfield said in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors. We can’t wait to bring Queensryche to our fans with Todd behind the microphone.”
The statement also said that scheduled Queensryche performances “are on hold at [the] present time and revised routing is being worked on. Fans can check the band’s website for all of the latest tour information as it [becomes] available.”
Billboard requested a comment from Tate through Jeff Albright of the Albright Entertainment Group, but it wasn’t received by press time.
Queensryche also includes guitarists Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren and bassist Eddie Jackson. Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson are among the group’s original members. Tate joined the band after it formed in 1981. Guitarist and founding member Chris DeGarmo left Queensryche in 1997 and briefly rejoined in 2003 for Queensryche’s “Tribe” album. Kelly Gray originally filled DeGarmo’s slot, followed by Mike Stone, until Lundgren joined in 2009.
La Torre said in a statement a few weeks ago, and reiterated during an interview on Ron Keel’s “Streets of Rock & Roll” radio show that was posted online on June 14, that he still remains a member of Crimson Glory.
Fans and media have speculated about the state of Queensryche, which marked its 30th anniversary last year, for weeks due to rumors of internal conflict. They were sparked by an unconfirmed posting on MetalSludge.tv that Tate allegedly became violent toward other bandmates prior to an April show in Brazil after allegedly being fired. Then, during the Rocklahoma fest during Memorial Day weekend, Tate told the crowd “you guys suck” as he tried to get the audience to respond more enthusiastically.
On May 29 the other members of Queensryche announced it was forming a project called Rising West with La Torre. Rising West posted June 5 on its Facebook page that it was “being denied access to our own Facebook page and website (meaning Queensryche),” which promoted other side projects, such as Tate’s wine business and Rockenfield’s recording endeavors. In response, Tate’s step-daughter, Miranda, posted June 7 on Facebook that “it’s about time to get some truth on the table” and denied that other members couldn’t access the site, among other alleged problems. Rising West played Queensryche’s older material at two sold-out shows June 8-9 at Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe.
In subsequent interviews, Rising West and Tate deflected questions about the situation. When Rising West appeared June 7 on KISM Seattle radio show “The Men’s Room,” Rockenfield said it was “a day-to-day” process as Queensryche determined its next move, but the band would definitely continue. Blabbermouth.net reported that during a June 15 interview on KISW, Tate said, “Just hang in there. Everything’s moving along and everything’s looking good” regarding the group.
Queensryche was scheduled to perform June 11 to open for the Scorpions in West Valley City, Utah, but only Tate appeared, backed by his solo band. NRToday.com reported June 18 that Queensryche had canceled its Aug. 10 appearance at the Douglas County Fair in Oregon, with Eddie Money replacing the act. It stated that fairgrounds director Harold Phillips attributed the cancellation to a falling out between Tate and the band. Tate has continued playing dates on his solo tour, which coincided with Queensryche’s dates for its current tour.
Queensryche is a Grammy Award-nominated band that broke into the mainstream with the 1988 concept album “Operation: Mindcrime.” The group has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, according to the statement. It’s biggest U.S. radio hit was 1991’s “Silent Lucidity,” which reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Augsburg, Germany-based sleaze/glam quartet HOLLYWOOD BURNOUTS will release their debut full-length in North America this July 31st, via Rock Road Records and Soulfood Distribution.
Boasting melodies and choruses obviously inspired by the massively popular glam and hard rock heroes of the ’80s and early ’90s, with straightforward riffs and influences rooted in blues and classic heavy metal channeling through their infectious tunes, HOLLYWOOD BURNOUTS released a successful demo in 2009, followed by a self-titled EP in 2010 since their 2008 formation. The band have attracted a massive fanbase throughout Germany and well beyond at this point, having performed on national and international shows supporting Cinderella, Bonfire, Hardcore Superstar, Crashdiet, Dokken and many others.
HOLLYWOOD BURNOUTS‘ debut album, Excess All Areas, was released to critical acclaim within the European territories in March, and the forthcoming North American release should bring a whole new realm of fans into their world. Here the band proves why they’re considered to be one of Germany’s most successful new hard rock bands.
Rock out to four new songs from Excess All Areas and much more RIGHT HERE.
Excess All Areas Track Listing:
1. Hands Of Rock
3. Wild Side
4. A Part Of My Heart
5. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
6. I Wanna Ride
7. Kings Of Sin
8. 8 Lives Gone
9. Fake Baby
10. Wild At Heart
11. Everybody Needs A Hero
12. Remember Me
Art of Dying have just released a new video for “Sorry – acoustic.” Inspired by Art of Dying’s fans’ reaction to the original release of “Sorry,” the acoustic video incorporates “fanpics” with the new version of the song.
“Recently we had the chance to get into the studio with producer Dan Donegan from Disturbed to lay down an acoustic version of ‘Sorry.’ We’ve been so touched by all of the ‘Sorry profile pics’ over the last few months that we decided to make a video for the acoustic version of the song featuring our biggest fans.” explains lead singer, Jonny Hetherington, of the release. “Thanks for making this video possible, we couldn’t have done it without you!”
“Sorry” is the third single off the band’s major label debut, Vices and Virtues and is currently Top 15 on the Active Rock chart.
Art of Dying has just returned from the road in support of headliners, Shinedown on this year’s Avalanche Tour. The band will be playing a handful of music festivals this summer. A full list of dates is below.
Art of Dying Summer Tour Dates
|Milwaukee, WILancaster, PA
|Summerfest – Rock StageChameleon Club – Lizard Lounge
Newport Music Hall
Cadott Valley Rock Fest – with Buckcherry
Official Website: http://www.artofdyingmusic.com
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The first annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, presented by California’s Rock Station – 98 Rock, is set for Sunday, September 23 at Discovery Park in downtown Sacramento, CA. The initial lineup for the full-day rock festival includes Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones, Bush, Chevelle, Hollywood Undead, Theory of a Deadman, Oleander, Escape the Fate, Otherwise, Gemini Syndrome and more.
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“When you’re bringing a new rock festival to any city, it’s important to have a great local radio partner, and a strong feeder system of stations to support the show,” says festival creator/producer Danny Wimmer of Arms Division Concerts/DWP/Right Arm Entertainment. “Sacramento has this and more. Its deep foundation in rock – including bands like Deftones and Oleander, music executives coming out of the area, and vital stations like KDOT, KBRE, and our partner station 98 Rock – proves that rock is a mainstay in Northern California.”
Discovery Park is conveniently located in downtown Sacramento, where the American River meets the Sacramento River. Gates for the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival open at 11:00 A.M. and the show starts at noon.
Monster Energy Aftershock Festival is produced by Arms Division Concerts/DWP/Right Arm Entertainment, co-creators/producers of the annual Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH, Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC, Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, FL, Epicenter—Southern California’s Rock Festival, and Rock Allegiance.
SCUM OF THE EARTH has set a worldwide release date of August 28 for their third album, THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT, on the Chicago-based Goomba Music, Inc. label (with distribution through eOne in North America). Produced by horror-rocker RIGGS and Volkstoker, it was recorded at “Scum HQ” in Branson, MO and is the follow-up to 2007’s SLEAZE FREAK (Eclipse Records).
With their new video for the bombastic power ballad “Solid Ground” the Swedish rockers of ANGELINE present the third clip to promote their current album “Disconnected”, which was released in December 2011 through Avenue Of Allies.
The video was shot by director Gudrun Lindfors Rönnblom on an old air field outside of Stockholm. The wide open space underlines the epic dimensions of „Solid Ground“ a tune close to the hearts of the band members ever since it was written.
Lindfors previously worked with Angeline while making the award winning documentary “Sigge Stardust” about the bands late original lead singer Jörgen “Sigge” Sigvardsson, who died of the health implications of a heart disease back in 1995.
2012 sees ANGELINE celebrating its 25th anniversary as a band and the boys are planning a special surprise for their fans for which they already booked a studio in August, the result will be revealed this fall.
Before In This Moment took the stage at Rock on the Range, I had no idea what to expect. I have never seen the band perform live. I knew a lot of their music, and thought they would be one of the heaviest bands on the two day bill at ROTR. The band has played several festivals including Ozzfest and Mayhem, but this is the first time they performed at Rock on the Range.
When the band came out, I didn’t know whether to be terrified or extremely entertained. Once the beautiful Maria Brink and her ghastly band mates took the stage, I knew without question, it would be the latter. With the exception of Maria Brink, all of the members of In This Moment had their faces painted in a dark charcoal color, and masks over the lower part of their faces. In This Moment has a couple of newer members with Tom Hane on drums and Randy Weitzel on rhythm guitar, but face paint aside, you would have never known it.
Maria’s powerful vocals was the driving force behind the tight set the band played at ROTR. In This Moment played a few songs from their up and coming CD Blood. Based on the new songs I heard, In this Moment is going to have a very big year in the hard rock and metal world. Their set was definitely one of the highlights at the 2012 Rock on the Range.
You can check out the title track “Blood” below. Please check out our In This Moment gallery from Rock on the Range as well.