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After split, Geoff Tate's Queensryche to play State Theatre

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Entertainment,Music,Robert Fulton

There are two bands with the Queensryche name.

For those who have not kept up on the latest news from the long-time progressive metal act, Queensryche founding members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton fired original lead singer Geoff Tate last year. Tate put together a band, named it Queensryche, recorded the new album "Frequency Unknown" and is currently on tour. The remaining founding members of Queensryche hired vocalist Todd La Torre, have recorded an album to be released later this month and are also playing shows under the Queensryche moniker.

"It's a corporate dispute," said Geoff Tate, speaking by phone from his home in Seattle. "There's a formula for settling corporate disputes, and that's done by the court, and that will take place in November. Hopefully, the whole thing will be put to rest at that time."

Queensryche with Geoff Tate performs Thursday at the State Theatre in Falls Church.

Onstage
Queensryche
» Where: The State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church
» When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday
» Info: $32 in advance, $35 day of; 703-237-0300; thestatetheatre.com

In recording "Frequency Unknown," Tate recruited a number of musicians, including guitarist Kelly Gray, bassist Rudy Sarzo and keyboardist Randy Gane.

Tate described the recording of "Frequency Unknown" as fun and creative but also intense in trying to get it ready in time for the tour.

"It's a varied record," Tate said. "There's a lot of different subject matter on it. I pull from my life and what I'm experiencing or what I'm going through or observational subject matter, as well."

In addition to the originals on the album, "Frequency Unknown" includes four rerecorded hits. Tate said the record label insisted that those songs, such as the band's most popular hit, "Silent Lucidity," be included.

"It was painstaking," Tate said of rerecording the music. "It's not something I liked to do or wanted to do. I tried to talk them out of it, actually."

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Queensryche's classic album "Operation: Mindcrime." The Geoff Tate-led group will perform the work in its entirety on this tour.

"It's a story line that touches people in a way," Tate said when asked why the album still resonates a quarter-century later. "It's primarily a love story between Nikki and Mary. They're set in a tumultuous time of revolution and change, trying to find their place in that time. I think that those sentiments are ones that people feel today. There's love stories everywhere, and we do live in tumultuous times. We have to deal with crime and terrorism and these kind of things still today. It all kind of stands up. It's almost like things haven't changed much."

What has changed is the make up of Queensryche, which first formed in 1982. With two bands releasing music and touring under the same name, it can all be very confusing for fans.

"I would say with today's technology it's just really easy to go on the Internet and see what's going on," Tate said.

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