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A court decision over who gets to use the Queensryche name has been pushed back at least to January.
Former frontman Geoff Tate -- who was fired in 2012 and subsequently sued his former bandmates -- has been granted a continuance by a Washington state court "to provide sufficient time for the parties to continue active settlement negotiations without incurring substantial trail preparation costs and, if such efforts fail, to provide sufficient time to complete discovery and properly prepare for what will be a lengthy trial."
Tate's attorneys say that tour commitments have made it difficult to take depositions. Both parties have been touring under the Queensryche name since the split, although Tate's group also bears his name.
Queensryche -- which includes founding members Scott Rockenfield, Eddie Jackson and Michael Wilton -- countered that any issues with the case are "100 percent the result of (Tate's) failure to prosecute."
Nevertheless, Rockenfield tells us that he's hopeful for an out of court settlement that will resolve the issue -- and, of course, grant full rights for the name to his group which is not fronted by Todd La Torre:
“Obviously there's still plenty of time for anything to happen from now until then...Hopefully when that time comes the right decision (will be) made. I think our confidence is pretty high. We just feel good and look at the light at the end of the tunnel and keep playing shows and making music and just let the music do the talking for us. It certainly keeps you buys; there's a lot of legal stuff you have to deal with. But I think when the right decision will be made in time.”
Queensryche released a new, self-titled album this year and is on the road in Europe and South America into December.
Tate's Queensryche also released an album, “Frequency Unknown” but has a significantly lighter tour schedule, with two California shows in November and a Nevada date in March.
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