There won’t be two acts using the Queensryche name for much longer. Guitarist Michael Wilton tells Examiner.com his faction of the group has “reached an amicable settlement” with the band’s former singer, Geoff Tate, and “it’s now just a matter of time” until the case is officially over. He doesn’t divulge any details on their agreement, but says an official press release about the situation is “coming up.”
Queensryche split into two camps in 2012. Since then, Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson, and drummer Scott Rockenfeld have continued as Queensryche with singer Todd La Torre, while Tate has also kept using the name. Both sides filed lawsuits in the mater, and in both cases the judge ruled that there could be two Queensryches until their name ownership dispute was resolved.
Black Sabbath’s founding drummer, Bill Ward, was unable to participate in the reunion album ’13’ due to a very public contract dispute with the other original members.
Ward says he is still in touch with bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi, but feels that his friendship with Ozzy Osbourne has taken a turn for the worse after some negative statements that Osbourne made publicly, including cruel comments about Ward’s weight and talents.
Ward spoke with DCHeavyMetal.com about the ’13′ album, saying, “I was completely able to play on it. There’s no question in my heart at all, [but] you know, it’s still something that I don’t care, I don’t care to listen to [that album]. Even if it was the most brilliant album in the world I don’t care to listen to it.”
Ward says that he was certainly hurt by some of the things Osbourne said, and states, “With Ozzy, I’ve lost a friend as far as I’m concerned. A man that I dearly loved, and I still dearly love but I’ve had to really now readjust just how much I’m going to trust and love him. He fired back on some pretty mean stuff in the press so. And I’ve gone OK. Like with any of us when we get hurt we’re going to pull back our love and our considerations for another human being when they kick out at you and you know. So that’s been a big loss.”
Although some hurtful things were tossed around, Ward says he will always keep a door open when it comes to playing with Black Sabbath. Ward said, “I love the band. I miss them terribly. And so my answer would be leaning towards if something could be worked out — something that I could live with and I’m talking politically now, contractually, and not the kind of things that I’ve done in the past.”
Some Kiss fans are already calling the recent discovery of Ace Frehley’s pre-Kiss demos the Holy Grail of rock. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that the 1971 demo acetate for RCA Records from Frehley’s band Molimo, was discovered in barn in upstate New York.
The Village Voice reported record collector Chris Reisman had been tipped off to a “barn full of 10-to-20,000 records,” with the owner unaware of what was in the collection. Reisman explained: “I went up there every Tuesday for a month straight. I was able to get through everything, and in the last wall unit’s last shelf of records was a corner full of test presses and acetates and it was in there. At the time, I had no clue what it was, but I just bought them all.”
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