Since parting ways back in June, vocalist Geoff Tate has been referred to as the former singer of QUEENSRŸCHE while his ex-bandmates have forged on with the name and CRIMSON GLORY frontman Todd La Torre in Tate’s place. The courts have allowed both entities to tour under the Queensrÿche moniker with Tate announcing in September that his line-up would include the following pillars of heavy metal: bassist Rudy Sarzo (ANIMETAL USA, ex-WHITESNAKE), drummer Bobby Blotzer (RATT) and guitarists Glen Drover (ex-MEGADETH), Kelly Gray (ex-Queensrÿche).
However BraveWords has just received the following note from Glen Drover saying that he’s bowing out of the band:
“I am really sorry to say that I have decided to bow out of Geoff Tate’s Queensrÿche. I was very excited about doing this gig initially, but learned in the past week or so that it’s in my best interest not to do this right now. I feel really bad for those who were excited about the idea, and to Geoff himself, who I have to say was very nice to me on my past trip to Seattle. I of course am very disappointed for arriving at this point, and making this decision, to say the least. I sincerely wish the Geoff and the band all the luck on what they do in the future.”
Just a few weeks ago BraveWords spoke to Tate (here) about his new solo album Kings & Thieves, the Queensrÿche drama and his plans for 2013 amidst all the legalities. He had the following kind words to say about Glen Drover:
“Well I chose specifically because I’m a fan of that guy’s guitar playing. He just really has this really fluid effortless style of playing. And he’s the kind of guy that can play anything you throw at him. He’s very schooled and very disciplined. Personality-wise, he just has a really easy going personality. He’s not difficult.”