Queensrÿche — the Todd La Torre-fronted version — has been forced to cancel two shows due to La Torre's bout with sinus issues.
La Torre writes (in part): "Hello everyone. I am so very sorry that we had to cancel our show on the 20th (Lincoln City, OR). Trust me, nothing feels worse than knowing so many made travel arrangements, local, out of state, even out of the country to attend the two shows in Oregon. I have been fighting a horrible cold, sinus issues, etc. I have no throat pain of any kind, I just have a horrible head/sinus/chest cold. The immense travel I do coupled with extreme climate change can sometimes create these scenarios. I am only human, and it was a collective decision to cancel. I could not sing at all."
The band vows to make the shows up, but for now La Torre is confined to the house while he recuperates.
Meanwhile, Geoff Tate (who is leading his own Queensrÿche with one-time Queensrÿche guitarist Kelly Gray, RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer, ex-Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover and Ozzy Osbourne bass player Rudy Sarzo, recently released a lyric video for the track "Dark Money" from his forthcoming solo album, Kings & Thieves.
Last week Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira denied a motion from Queensrÿche members Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield and Eddie Jackson to prevent Tate using the Queensryche name and associated imagery. Both parties are free to use the name until the case over Tate's expulsion from the group goes to court in November 2013.