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Dueling Queensryches

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Divorce is never easy. But it seems like rock bands take it harder than others. Bands break up but some want to hang on to the name so we get multiple bands touring under the same name and you’re never sure which version you’re going to get as seen with L.A. Guns, Great White and others. Now you can add Queensryche to the list.

The Geoff Tate version of Queensryche has changed its lineup before even hitting the studio.

Drummer Bobby Blotzer has bowed out of the band to return to his original group, Ratt. He’ll be replaced by ex-Dio/AC/DC drummer Simon Wright. Also joining the lineup is guitarist Robert Sarzo, the brother of bassist Rudy Sarzo. Robert Sarzo is replacing Glen Drover, who left in December.

Tate and company will be joined by guests Ty Tabor of King’s X and ex-Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing when they hit the studio next month.

The Todd LeTorre-fronted version of Queensryche have been working on their new album, so it’s a race to see which lineup gets an album out first — and who hangs onto the name after the legal battle is over.

Thank goodness there weren’t any kids involved.

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