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Queensryche members settle lawsuit

Queensryche circa 1994
Queensryche circa 1994

The Queensryche lawsuit has been settled. A joint statement was released: “We wanted to let Queensryche fans around the world know that an amicable settlement has been reached between Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate with regard to the future of the Queensryche name.”

Under the terms of the settlement, Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson retain the Queensryche brand, while Geoff Tate is granted the sole right to perform ‘Operation Mindcrime’ and ‘Operation: Mindcrime II’ in a live setting. Both sides seem content with the agreement.

Queensryche has sold over 30 million albums and both the camps still maintain a rabid fan base. The band as an entity definitely has a cult following, and the recent drama has become a huge deal - eliciting passionate and powerful responses and lighting up comment boards around the web.

Wilton commented: “It’s the rebirth of Queensryche and the way it used to be,” Wilton said by phone last night. “We’re rebuilding the Queensryche name.”

Tate also commented: “They (Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield) bought the name from me. But I retain ‘Operation Mindcrime.’ It’s sort of similar to the Pink Floyd situation where Roger Waters retained ‘The Wall.’ ‘Mindcrime’ was my thing and my story, so it’s appropriate that I keep that. So they will continue on as Queensryche, and I will continue on as me.”

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