Geoff Tate of Queensryche has announced the musicians that will be a part of what he describes as an “anniversary tour” in 2013. After Tate tried and failed to get his former bandmates to stop using the Queensyrche name after they fired him, he will use the name as well for his version of the band. The new lineup includes Rudy Sarzo (AniMetal USA, ex-Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio/Blue Oyster Cult) on bass, Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) on drums, Glen Drover (Megadeth/King Diamond) on guitar, Kelly Gray (ex-Queensryche) on guitar, and Randy Gane on keyboards.
Geoff Tate said in a statement: “I’m sure the last few months have been very frustrating for you. I know they have been for me. It’s said that adversity makes one stronger. I’m definitely in a better place now than I’ve ever been before.
“Today is a new day and I am thrilled to announce the new Queensryche. Together we shall embark on a new musical journey that will be a greater extension of where Queensryche has ever been.
“The challenge, when you’re in a creative environment, is keeping things fresh and invigorating, and after working with the same people for thirty years, it gets very difficult. You walk into the room, and everybody knows what everyone is going to do. There’s no spark, the chemistry is very tried and true and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself.
“With this new project, with these new people, it’s a whole new scene. There are new ideas, different musical backgrounds and a whole new set of parameters. Everyone has ideas you haven’t heard before, and everyone is throwing them against the wall and suddenly…the music has a whole new life.
“I look forward to this new life and I hope to see you on tour as all of us come together and begin this new era.”
Says Bobby Blotzer: “Geoff and Queensryche and Ratt have a long history of touring together and I am very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys.”
Adds Drover: “is a band that I grew up with and have always respected a great deal. [It] will also be great to play with the other musicians involved that I have never played with before. [I am] really looking forward to to this!”
Tate has completed work on his sophomore solo album, “Kings And Thieves”, slated for release next month via InsideOut Music. Tate will support Alice Cooper on a Canadian tour this November.