Queensryche Introduce New Singer Todd La Torre On Album Promo
November 14, 2012
Lawsuits with ousted singer Geoff Tate over ownership of the Queensryche name hasn’t slowed the band down, as they are currently working on material with new vocalist Todd La Torre. The group, rounded out by Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield, Eddie Jackson, and Parker Lundgren, have posted the first teaser of their forthcoming album, set for release in 2013.
“The teaser audio are demos only,” sates La Torre, best known for his work with Crimson Glory. “We start tracking in two weeks. No outside writers have been used. This IS Queensryche’s writing and we’re proud to introduce the next chapter of the legacy. We are very proud to have James Barton on board, he is surely the right man for this, as already proven. Lastly, I’m very happy to know that finally ‘my’ voice will be heard in it’s truest form.”
Queensryche first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled four song EP ‘Queensryche’. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With the follow-up first full-length album ‘The Warning’ in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of ‘Rage For Order’, Queensryche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80’s. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album, ‘Operation:Mindcrime’, which would go on to become one of the best selling concept records of all time and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful ‘Empire’ in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV “viewers choice” award for the #1 chart topping hit “Silent Lucidity”. During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold out audiences. Queensryche has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.
In June Queensryche parted ways with frontman Geoff Tate. “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 at the time. “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.”
On July 13 Queensryche defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have kept it from touring and operating under the band name, AGPS Management senior manager Glen Parrish exclusively tells Billboard. The act is defending a complaint filed by former singer Geoff Tate in a Washington state court over whether he should be awarded the Queensryche name after being expelled from the group.
“We are excited that the Washington courts saw what we and the fans have always known, that Queensryche is more than any one member,” Parrish said in a statement. “We are sorry we had to go to court to show this, but we are determined to bring back the quality product Queensryche was known for. We can’t wait to unveil to the fans what [the band creates] next musically.”
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