The Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE was forced to cancel the second performance of a two-night stand on October 19-20 at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Oregon after La Torre was diagnosed with a sinus infection and “could not sing at all.”
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Todd wrote, “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.
“You all deserve what you came to see, and putting on a half-assed performance by me isn’t worthy, in my opinion, nor the band’s opinion either.
“We will most certainly be making this show up.
“I am back in Seattle now, basically confined to the house. I’m doing everything I can to stay healthy and get over this nasty cold.
“Thank you all for your understanding and support. If you think it was a letdown for you, you can only imagine how it felt for me and the band.
“We are looking forward to the next show on Saturday.”
Added QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton on his own Facebook page, “Todd was diagnosed last minute by a doctor to not sing as he has a sinus infection that has settled in his throat. We have talked with the promoter and everything is fine and the show will be rebooked very soon. We deeply apologize for this to happen.”
As Billboard.com reported this past weekend, a Washington state judge ruled on Friday (October 19) that singer Geoff Tate — who was fired from the QUEENSRŸCHE after fronting it for three decades — may tour with his own version of the group until a lawsuit he filed against three former bandmates is settled.
Guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield and bassist Eddie Jackson requested a motion for partial summary judgment September 21 to stop Tate from using the QUEENSRŸCHE name and associated imagery as the case proceeds to trial.
Wilton, Jackson, Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren (guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate and recruiting Todd La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement. The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup previously played two shows in their home city of Seattle under the name RISING WEST.
Tate, who still owns his 25% stake in the QUEENSRŸCHE corporations, claims he was illegally fired from the band because of “blind greed” masked as “creative differences,” and that his former bandmates’ attempt to carry on as QUEENSRŸCHE with a new singer will “lead to the destruction of the QUEENSRŸCHE name and brand … by failing to maintain the level of professionalism and interaction with media and the fan base as compared to Tate‘s efforts during the past 30 years.” He and and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE‘s former manager, want the judge to award them the rights to the band’s name in exchange for Tate paying Jackson, Wilton and Rockenfield the fair market value for their interests in the QUEENSRŸCHE companies. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson filed a countersuit against the Tates in which they accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate of questionable business practices.