Whoa – I haven’t been following the latest Queensryche drama, so I really didn’t see this one coming. Eddie Trunk reports that prog-metal band Queensryche (sorry, ain’t doing the umlaut), best known for their 1988 concept album Operation: Mindcrime and 1990 follow-up Empire, have replaced lead vocalist and founding member Geoff Tate with Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre.
Never heard of the new singer, but he certainly sounds the part:
I loved Queensryche back in the day, but after Chris DeGarmo left (first creatively, then physically), they lost the spark. Even Operation: Mindcrime II was a pale shadow of their former glory. Apparently Geoff Tate had been calling most of the shots over the past decade (to the point where Michael Wilton was barely involved with 2011’s Dedicated to Chaos), causing the rift that led to today’s events.
Now if they could just get DeGarmo back…