We all saw this coming: Geoff Tate and Queensryche have officially parted ways. This isn't surprising, with the public rift between Tate and the rest of Queensryche... and then the Queensryche band members forming what is basically a QR cover band called Rising West, featuring Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre.
Now, La Torre is the lead singer of Queensryche.
The remaining members of Queensryche released this statement, announcing Tate's departure:
"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. 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."
As you would expect, all previously scheduled Queensryche shows are on hold.
I'm a little surprised that Geoff is walking away from the Queensryche name, but all in all, this is probably best for all concerned. Geoff really wanted a solo career and the rest of 'Ryche wanted to take their music in another direction. So be it. It will be weird going to a Queensryche show without Geoff behind the mic, but I'll keep an open mind.What do you think about the split?