Prog stalwarts Queensryche have long been the Pink Floyd of hair metal, so it’s only fitting that the split between the band and frontman Geoff Tate rivaled that of Roger Waters and David Gilmour in acrimony. In fact, it trumped it. In 2012, the band sacked Tate’s wife and stepdaughter from its management and fan-club team, and the singer responded by spitting in a band’s member’s face mid-performance, telling a crowd at Rocklahoma they suck and other Operation Mindcrime
-unbecoming shenanigans, resulting in his own expulsion from the group. Par for the course, lawsuits over ownership of the band name ensued, while in the interim two competing versions of the ’Ryche simultaneously released new records and went on the road. Tate ultimately lost in court, explaining why his version of the band’s current outing — which hits Marathon Music Works tonight — is dubbed “The Farewell Tour of Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate.” It’s not a retirement tour, just a court-ordered farewell-to-a-band-name tour, though said band name will live on in Queensryche Not Starring Geoff Tate form. Will the prevailing version of the band measure up to this one, which features session vets the likes of journeyman bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio)? At least in name only, and by court order, this might be your last chance to find out.
Tonight's show costs $20-$25, and The Voodoos will open. After the jump, see the three rules for attending a show on The Farewell Tour of Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate.
1) Don't film
2) Don't drum
3) Don't suck