It's all official now and it's very sad. Geoff Tate is officially out of Queensryche.
Queensryche will continue with Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre. The news was 'broken' by Billboard this evening.
If you've been following recent Queensryche developments on MetalTalk.net then this news will come as no surprise. It should come as a disappointment however because it marks the end of a era in Metal.
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Queensryche were pioneers of 'thinking man's Metal. Need we say more?
We hope that Queensryche 2012 thrive with Todd at the helm and we hope that Geoff builds a hugely successful solo career. It would have been great if they had stayed together but it was not to be and that's a shame.
Scott Rockenfield said in a statement: "Over the past few months, there have been growing creative differences within Queensryche. We want our fans to know that we hoped to find a common resolution, but in the end parting ways with Geoff was the best way for everyone to move forward in a positive direction.
"We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors. We can't wait to bring Queensryche to our fans with Todd behind the microphone."
Queensryche have issued a newly released photo of the band, taken by Mike Savoia. This can be seen above.
Scott's statement also said that scheduled Queensryche performances "are on hold at [the] present time and revised routing is being worked on. Fans can check the band's website for all of the latest tour information as it [becomes] available."
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