Queensryche and Geoff Tate Reveal Name Dispute Settlement Details
As previously reported, the members of Queensryche and former singer Geoff Tate have reached a settlement in their dispute over the use of the band's name and now both sides have revealed the details of their agreement.
Both camps issued the following joint statement which explains the settlement, "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.
"According to the agreement, original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton along with recent members, Todd La Torre and Parker Lundgren, will now be the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche, performing selections from their entire musical catalog that spans over 30 years of material.
"Original Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate will continue to record, perform and pursue a variety of other creative endeavors and, as part of the agreement, will have the exclusive rights to perform Operation: Mindcrime I and II in their entirety as a unique performance.
"Both sides wish each other well and are excited about what the future holds. We want to thank the fans for standing beside us through this ordeal and look forward to sharing our music with you for years to come. - Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate".
Mick Mars Reveals Final Motley Crue Song Details
(Classic Rock) Motley Crue are working on a new song that could turn out to be the last they ever record. Guitarist Mick Mars says the song is titled "All Bad Things Must Come To An End" and that it just needs vocals and some guitar, otherwise it's ready to go.
TeamRock previously reported that James Michael was to produce the band's last ever song, although at the time there was no title. Mars tells Guitar World:
"It's probably about half finished. We have to wait for Vince Neil to sing it," he said. "And then I'll do my soloing and ear candy all over it and stuff like that."
Ace Frehley Includes Historic KISS Surprise In New Promo Photo
(Gibson) Ace Frehley has released the first promotional photo for his forthcoming album, Space Invader, and the image includes an 'easter egg' of sorts: a little something from the first KISS album photo session.
A posting on Ace's Facebook page (which also wished Ace a happy birthday for April 27) explained that the image was taken on April 8 in New York City by photographer Jayme Thornton, "just two days before Ace's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Ace was in a fantastic mood, and wore something from the first KISS album photo session to make the occasion extra special. Don't worry if you can't spot it, just yet... numerous cool photos from this session will reveal it soon!"
Space Invader, Ace's first new solo album in five years, will be released on eOne Music on June 24. It'll feature a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker" as well as at least nine original tracks.
"Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I've created over the years has withstood the test of time," Ace says. "Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!"
Clutch's Neil Fallon Feared He'd Never Sing Again
(Classic Rock) Clutch frontman Neil Fallon feared he'd never sing again after major surgery. The 42-year-old is back on the road after last year's surgery in which he had screws inserted in his neck to repair long-standing back problems.
But the procedure involved doctors putting a tube down his throat - which they warned could have permanently damaged his vocal cords. Fallon tells Get Your Rock Out: "I knew this was a really serious thing. What really scared me was that you get put completely under and they jam a ventilator down your windpipe.
"They have to yank your oesophagus and your trachea off to one side. I was told by the doctor that I may come out of this unable to sing again. The pipe goes past your vocal cords and it's such a violent procedure that sometimes the vocal cords can get torn."
Fallon tested his voice almost as soon as he woke up from the surgery. "I kind of sat there when I came to and the first thing I did was try to hum a tune. But I was so high on morphine I couldn't tell you what it was."
Sebastian Bach Not Impressed With Young Musicians' Attitude
(Classic Rock) Sebastian Bach says he covered April Wine track Rock n'Roll Is A Vicious Game as an attack on young bands who have an over-developed sense of entitlement.
The song appears on his latest album Give 'Em Hell, and he tells Classic Rock Revisited: "I chose that song because of the lyrics. I meet so many young musicians. Actually, not even musicians - people who get into rock'n'roll. These young people have this huge sense of entitlement.
"Just because they play in a rock band, they don't understand why they don't have a mansion, or a f***ing helicopter, and they whine and moan." Quoting the song he says: "Isn't it a pity, isn't it a shame? No one ever warned the boy - rock'n'roll is a vicious game."