Queensrÿche confirms Mike Stone will continue to play with the group at least in late 2021
QUEENSRŸCHE confirmed that the guitarist Mike stone will continue to play with the group at least for the remainder of 2021.
Since the end of May, Pierre took care of the second guitar tasks in QUEENSRŸCHE, who announced last month that longtime guitarist Parker Lundgren was leaving the group to focus on “other business ventures”.
Asked by a fan in the comments section below a Instagram Photo of Pierre if Mike officially joined QUEENSRŸCHE, the group replied, “Fill in for the rest of this year and then we’ll see …”
Pierre originally joined QUEENSRŸCHE for the 2003 album “Tribe” and stayed with the group for six years.
Lundgren, a former member of the original QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff tatesolo group of who was also briefly married to Geoffthe daughter-in-law of Miranda, announced his departure from QUEENSRŸCHE in a social media post on July 2.
The 34-year-old musician wrote: “For several years I have been deeply immersed in the collection and sale of guitars, as well as rare and fascinating musical instruments. This passion led me to open my guitar store. Diablo Guitars in 2019. Since then my business has grown and I recently acquired a storefront with a full service repair shop. In 2020 my wife and I opened Lucky Devil Latte, which quickly spread to several locations. With these new efforts and the responsibilities that come with them, my time to devote to QUEENSRŸCHE has become more and more tense and I am no longer able to devote the time and focus that it deserves. For these reasons, I made the difficult decision to quit my role as guitarist in QUEENSRŸCHE.
“I want to thank my friends, family and fans for making the past 13 years an incredible journey. I only wish the best for the rest of the band, the team and everyone who has supported us.
“I hope to have your continued support as I pursue new ventures.”
The other members of QUEENSRŸCHE added in a separate statement: “For over a decade it has been a great pleasure to watch [Parker] evolve and flourish as a guitarist, songwriter and, most importantly, a wonderful human being. Parker will always be a family to us and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors. Hold on, my brother! “
Lundgren, who joined QUEENSRŸCHE in 2009, previously absent from some of the QUEENSRŸCHE‘s in the United States in September 2018, when the band was on tour as the opening act for SCORPIO.
Guitarist Michael wilton and bassist Eddie jackson are the only remaining original members of QUEENSRŸCHE, which separates with Tate in 2012 and replaced it by the formerGLORY CRIMSON leader Todd la torre.
QUEENSRŸCHE has released three albums to date featuring La Torre – 2013 “Queensrèche”, 2015 “Human condition” and 2019 “The verdict”.
In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where the singer sued the rights of the QUEENSRŸCHE Last name. Original QUEENSRŸCHE members Wilton, Jackson and Scott rockenfield (drums) responded with a counter-suit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue like QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the exclusive right to perform the albums “Operation: Mindcrime” and “Operation: Mindcrime II” in their entirety live.
Rockenfield did not play with QUEENSRŸCHE in more than four years. The group used the old KAMELOT drummer Casey grillo for touring purposes since April 2017.
The drum tracks on “The verdict” were fixed by La Torre.
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