Geoff Tate’s Queensryche line up changes members. Bobby Blotzer is out, Simon Wright is in. Rudy Sarzo’s brother Robert (Ex. Hurricane) also joins the group.
Posted By: Metal Sludge
QUEENSRYCHE — featuring original lead singer GEOFF TATE at the helm — have just signed a worldwide record deal with Los Angeles-based independent record label, Cleopatra Records.
Although a line-up was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed.
The band will now feature GEOFF TATE along with bassist RUDY SARZO (Ozzy/Dio/Whitesnake/Quiet Riot), guitarist KELLY GRAY (Queensryche 1998 – 2001), keyboardist RANDY GANE and stellar new additions, guitarist ROBERT SARZO (Quiet Riot/Hurricane) and drummer SIMON WRIGHT (AC/DC /Dio/Rhino Bucket).
WRIGHT takes over for previously announced drummer BOBBY BLOTZER, who will be returning to RATT as an integral part of the band that made him famous.
"I’m very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff," states SIMON WRIGHT. "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!"
QUEENSRYCHE, with all members cited above, will soon be entering the studio for the first Cleopatra effort due out later this year.
The recording will mark the band’s thirteenth studio album and its first with this particular line-up.
Legendary guitar slinger K.K. DOWNING of Judas Priest fame will be making a special guest appearance on the forthcoming CD as will King’s X guitarist TY TABOR and RATT drummer BOBBY BLOTZER.