Queensrÿche and Geoff Tate are at war. Over the Queensrÿche name.
Now, Queensrÿche — who booted Geoff Tate from the band not too long ago — are suing to prevent their former singer from using the group’s name until the case is resolved.
Billboard.com reports the move comes more than three months after Tate tried the same maneuver against his former bandmates, to no avail.
In a motion for partial summary judgment filed Sept. 21 in Washington state’s King County Superior Court, guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield and bassist Eddie Jackson ask that the court declare Tate “has no right to the Queensrÿche band name, marks and media assets since he has no grant of authority from the TriRyche Corporation that owns them, unless and until he is able to succeed on his claims to dissolve the Queensrÿche corporations, and to enter a permanent injunction to the same.”
That’s right, boys. That’s right. Keep on tarnishing that legacy.
The TriRyche Corporation is a band-related entity that owns such Queensrÿche intellectual property as the band’s name and its logo, the triryche symbol.
The corporation, as well as Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson, are among the defendants in a lawsuit Tate and his wife, former Queensryche manager Susan Tate, filed back in June, claiming Tate was illegally fired.
“The recent announcement of a second Queensrÿche lineup, upcoming tour plans and new musical direction has caused some confusion for our fans. This confusion has caused Scott, Michael and I to file a motion against our former vocalist to prevent him from using the name Queensrÿche,” Jackson told Billboard in an exclusive statement.
“Until now, we have never asked the court to intervene on our behalf but it seems like we have no choice now in light of Geoff’s recent actions. We thank the fans who have been supporting us through this whole process and can’t wait to unleash the one true Queensryche to the masses.”
Read more about the band’s legal drama here.