The Geoff Tate version of Qeensryche have signed a new recording deal with Cleopatra Records who will release the new line-up's first album, and thirteenth overall, later this year.
Wright has replaced Bobby Blotzer who returned to Ratt. Simon said of his new assignment "I'm very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff. 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!"
The new lineup will be joined in the studio by K.K. Downing of Judas Priest, Ty Tabor of King's X and previous member Blotzer.
The band has also announced the first leg of their 25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour:
- 04/06 - West Wendover, NV - Peppermill Casino
- 04/09 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
- 04/11 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
- 04/12 - Albuquerque, NM - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
- 04/13 - Las Vegas, NV - Chrome
- 04/14 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
- 04/16 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
- 04/17 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
- 04/18 - Agoura, CA - The Canyon Club
- 04/19 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
- 04/20 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
- 04/21 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
- 04/22 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades