In a motion for partial summary judgment filed September 21 in Washington state's King County Superior Court, guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield and bassist Eddie Jackson ask that the court declare that Tate "has no right to the Queensrÿche band name, marks and media assets since he has no grant of authority from the TriRyche Corporation that owns them, unless and until he is able to succeed on his claims to dissolve the Queensrÿche corporations, and to enter a permanent injunction to the same."
The TriRyche Corporation is a band-related entity that owns such Queensrÿche intellectual property as the band's name and its logo, the triryche symbol. The corporation, as well as Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson, are among the defendants in a lawsuit Tate and his wife, former Queensrÿche manager Susan Tate, filed June 22. The lawsuit claims the trio illegally fired Tate earlier this year, and its intention to continue without him will harm the band's brand. The damages that Tate seeks include being awarded sole rights to the band's name.
"The recent announcement of a second Queensrÿche lineup, upcoming tour plans and new musical direction has caused some confusion for our fans. This confusion has caused Scott, Michael and I to file a motion against our former vocalist to prevent him from using the name Queensrÿche," Jackson told Billboard in an exclusive statement. "Until now, we have never asked the court to intervene on our behalf but it seems like we have no choice now in light of Geoff's recent actions. We thank the fans who have been supporting us through this whole process and can't wait to unleash the one true Queensrÿche to the masses."
Jackson is referring to Tate announcing "the new Queensrÿche" in posts on September 1 and 2 on several social media sites, naming bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Bobby Blotzer, guitarists Glen Drover and Kelly Gray, and keyboardist Randy Gane as the lineup. The news was preceded by an August 16 Facebook announcement of an anniversary tour with a lineup called Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate The Original Voice. Tate posted that with the new band members, "it's a whole new scene. There are new ideas, different musical backgrounds and a whole new set a parameters."
When asked for comment, Tate's representative, Jeff Albright of Albright Entertainment Group, said Tate has no further comment regarding the lawsuit at this time.
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