GEOFF TATE Vs. QUEENSRŸCHE: Audio Of Preliminary Injunction Hearing Available

The Breakdown Room has uploaded an audio recording of the July 13 preliminary injunction hearing in connection with singer Geoff Tate's lawsuit against his former bandmates in QUEENSRŸCHE over the legal rights to the group's name. You can now stream it in two parts below. Attending the hearing were Tate's attorneys Joshhua Brower, Benjamin Stone and Denver Grant; Geoff's former bandmates were represented by counsel Thomas Osinski.

Part 1:

Part 2:

QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Parker Lundgren (guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate and recruiting Todd La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement.

Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE's former manager, filed a lawsuit against Geoff's ex-bandmates on June 22 in King County Superior Court over whether he should be awarded the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being dismissed from the group in June. Their complaint states Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson wrongfully fired the singer and are tarnishing the group's brand by attempting to move forward without him.

Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield defeated Tate's motion for a preliminary injunction during the aforementioned July 13 hearing that would have kept them from touring and operating under the band name until the lawsuit was settled.

If the case goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.

The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup is now represented by AGPS Management/Front Line Management Group.

In a press release announcing QUEENSRŸCHE's split with Tate, Rockenfield gave the reason for the singer's exit as "growing creative differences" over the the past few years.

During an appearance on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show", Tate disputed the drummer's claim, saying, "We've never had any kind of creative differences, or any kind of a situation where we are at odds with each other."

Asked why he thinks the other members of QUEENSRŸCHE fired him from the band after 30 years of working together, Tate said, "I can only speculate that we're in a really tough recession right now all over the world, and I think that when we have economic times like this, it kind of makes people do strange things. That's really the only speculation I can give — that it's a money thing. We have a company together and [now that] they kicked me out, they can split my 25 percent."

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).