With one version of Queensryche getting ready to release a new album, it only makes sense that Geoff Tate’s version preps as well. And to prove that Tate’s Queensryche will indeed record a new album, it was announced that they’ve signed a new worldwide deal with Cleopatra Records. Due out later this year, the album from Tate’s Queensryche will also feature guest appearances from former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing and King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor.
But that’s not the only update from the Tate camp, as MORE lineup changes have been announced. While we knew guitarist Glen Drover left, it turns out that so has drummer Bobby Blotzer. The official announcement states that Blotzer is backing out to return focus towards Ratt, even though the drummer made it seem like he was leaving that group for good. Replacing the two will be guitarist Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Hurricane) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio). Wright had the following to say about his new gig:
“I’m very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff. I’ve always admired his singing and songwriting and working with Rudy Sarzo again is going to be cool! Between this and my other project, Dio Disciples, I look forward to a very busy year!”
Blotzer is still expected to make a guest appearance on the new album. Tate’s version of Queensryche, which also features bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Kelly Gray, and keyboardist Randy Gane (at least for now) will be making their live debut this April when performing Operation: Mindcrime in its entirety. White Tate had released his most recent solo album, Kings & Theives, on Inside Out, it looks like that was a one-off that didn’t carry over to his new band.