The prog metal giants’ fan network is loaded with reference to singer Geoff Tate’s solo tour and wine business – but carries no mention of Rising West’s upcoming live debut.
Four fifths of Queensryche – Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren – last week announced their new outfit, fronted by Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre, and said they’d focus on performing material from their first five albums.
Asked about rumours of internal tension, a spokesman insisted: “Geoff Tate is concentrating on his acoustic solo performances this summer, while the other members of the band have formed Rising West. Everyone wants to stay busy, try new things and do what they do best: rock in front of the masses. Queensryche are slated to perform select dates throughout the year.”
But the new outfit have now released their own statement, saying: “We are being denied access to our own Facebook page and website (meaning Queensryche) so please spread the word for about Rising West. Rising West will be on KISW 99.9 this Thursday around 4:30. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at our shows!”
Last night fans reported their comments about Rising West were being deleted from the Queensryche Facebook page. One said: “Banning, censoring, what else? All we wanted to do was ask why we could not hear or see anything on the upcoming Rising West project. This is getting pretty darn sad.”
Another added: “Whoever is running this page is clearly being petty and desperate. Rising West is about to derail the Tates’s gravy train.”
Rising West will play at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle on Friday and Saturday.
-Classic Rock Magazine