Scott Rockenfield suing Queensrÿche bandmates and related entities for breach of contract & more
It will likely come as no surprise that the issues between Queensrÿche and drummer Scott Rockenfield have resulted in a lawsuit by the latter against two of his bandmates, Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson; their respective wives, Kerrie Lynn Wilton and Teresa Golden Jackson; Tri-Ryche Corporation, Inc.; Melodisc Ltd., Inc.; EMC Music, LLC and Queensryche Holdings, LLC for declaratory judgment, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, wrongful discharge, breach of artist’s agreement and violation of the Washington Personality Rights Act.
According to documentation posted by Metal Sludge earlier today, Rockenfield‘s lawsuit was filed on October 11, 2021 in the Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for Snohomish County.
Rockenfield handled the drums on all of Queensrÿche‘s albums from 1983 to 2015 but he has not been touring with the band for a number of years and didn’t play on the group’s last studio album The Verdict. Casey Grillo has been touring with the band since 2017 while singer Todd LaTorre played the drums on the album The Verdict.
Metal Sludge has reported that its source has indicated that Rockenfield‘s lawsuit has essentially put a wrench in the plans for Queensrÿche to reunite with former lead vocalist Geoff Tate and supposedly ex-guitarist Chris DeGarmo.