Queensrÿche founding drummer Scott Rockenfield continues original members Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson


Founder QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott rockenfield filed a complaint against the other original members of the group Michael wilton (guitar) and Eddie jackson (low), alleging, among other things, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful dismissal. Metal sludge was the first to report on the lawsuit, which was filed Oct. 11 in Snohomish County Superior Court.

In the complaint, which was obtained by BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Rockenfield says he took parental leave of QUEENSRŸCHE in February 2017 after his fiancee experienced complications with the birth of their son and had to deliver an emergency cesarean delivery. According to the drummer, his leave was approved by the members of QUEENSRŸCHE and he was to retain an equal one-third interest in all QUEENSRŸCHE companies (QR companies), including Tri-Ryche Corporation, Melodisc LTD., Queensryche Merchandising, Inc., EMS Music, LLC and Queensryche Holdings, LLC.

In Scottcomplaint, he claims that “Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson are the other members of the group QUEENSRŸCHE, as well as sole or majority shareholders and members of entities controlling the intellectual property and contractual rights of said group, namely the QR Companies. “

Scott alleges that around October 11, 2018, Wilton and Jackson allegedly ‘voted to reject Rockenfield of the QR Enterprises due to all or part of the taking of approved family leave. Rockenfield was informed of his alleged dismissal from the QR companies in a letter dated 3 November 2018. “

According to Rockenfieldcomplaint from, since 2017, Wilton and Jackson “Wrongly refused to Rockenfield all sources of income of QR Companies in violation of the various operating agreements and contracts governing QR Companies without lawful purpose. Rockenfield with accounting of books, records, business and contracts of QR companies.

Even if Rockfenfield said he continued to receive royalties from Tri-Ryche since February 2017 for the old catalog, he claims to have “received no payment from Melodisc since February 2017, and no payment of Queensryche Merchandising since early 2018, and no payment of SMU since February 2017. “

Rockfenfield also states that Wilton and Jackson did not include it in the recording QUEENSRŸCHEthe last album of, “The verdict”, “despite his availability and his willingness to participate”.

Throughout 2017 and 2018, Rockenfield says he “has remained active in all aspects of the QR companies’ business, songwriting, licensing options, and communications, with the exception of touring.

“While on family sick leave, Rockenfield was in constant and continuous communication with the band, participated in songwriting and prepared for the band’s recording program which was due to start in early 2018, ”the complaint states.

“In October 2018, Rockenfield participated in the negotiation of a new extension of QUEENSRŸCHE2013 recording contract with Media century, who would add two (2) more albums to the recording contract, and continued to work to secure seven very lucrative licensing offers on behalf of QUEENSRŸCHE“, according to the lawsuit.

Rockenfield claims to be “liable for compensation for lost wages and profits as well as an amount equal to the current fair market value of his stake in the QR companies at the time of his unjustified dismissal, plus related interest”.

Rockenfieldthe trial of, which also appoints Wilton and Jacksonthe women of as the accused, comes nine months after rejecting suggestions that he would resign QUEENSRŸCHE or removed from the music. In January, the drummer shared an update on Facebook in which he said fans “have by no means been made aware of the facts” and hinted that he would offer more details at a later date.

ScottThe January 2021 comments marked the first time he has publicly addressed his status with QUEENSRŸCHE, who used the old KAMELOT drummer Casey grillo for touring purposes since April 2017.

In May, Rockenfield launched a new cryptic QUEENSRŸCHE-centred which implied that he was preparing his return to the music scene. A week after Rockenfield has uploaded their website Queensryche2021.com, QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd la torre announced that he was selling one of the four remaining pairs of chopsticks used by Scott during the drum recordings of the group’s eponymous album in 2013. The next day, Rockenfield returned to his Facebook page to apparently sweep Todd during the move, writing: “As the owner of a branded business for over 40 years now, I’ve been asked so called ‘EMPLOYER or CHARITABLE’, so more than likely this person still has need to be educated and nurtured to gain much needed experience and hopefully some respect and gratitude afterwards. “

Last February, La Torre was asked during an appearance on “The Eddie Trunk Podcast” if someone in QUEENSRŸCHE heard directly from Scott regarding his status within the group. He replied, “Not to my knowledge. All I can tell you is that he took paternity leave, saying he would be gone for about six months, and that was four years ago. years. [Laughs] Casey shows up every day. He shows up to compose, he shows up to record, if necessary, and he shows up for live concerts. So that’s all I can tell you. I did not communicate with [Scott] in years. So I have no idea what he’s up to. I couldn’t even tell you. “

When DJ Eddie Trunk said he heard from Rockenfield two years ago and that the drummer was then interested in telling his story, La Torre replied, “I don’t know what story there is to tell. People ask, but, honestly, it’s literally deja vu. Go play the answer I gave you four years ago, because, literally nothing has changed.

“As far as I know there is really no communication [between Scott and the QUEENSRŸCHE camp]. And I couldn’t tell you anything more than that. Some people think, “They don’t tell us more. I have nothing to say, because I do not speak to him; he doesn’t talk to me. Caseyhas been playing with us for four years – it’s been four years – and he’s showing up. The guy is doing a great job.

“I guess I’ll get back to you,” Todd continued. “If you left your radio show saying you needed six months paternity leave but never communicated when you came back for four years, would the radio station stop working because you stopped showing up? at work ? And keep in mind that you weren’t. I wasn’t fired, and you didn’t officially give notice in writing that you’re never coming back; you just don’t come back or communicate. Is your key still working? Is your name on the door? Or will they find a suitable talent replacement to get things done?

“So I have nothing wrong to say” La Torre clarified. “I really have nothing to say other than that he asked for paternity leave and just didn’t come back.”

The drum tracks on “The verdict” were fixed by La Torre.

Last year, original QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff tate expressed his doubt that Rockenfield will play the drums again, saying Metal rulers this Scott “has a lot of medical issues and things like that now.” In 2019, Tate Recount 88.1FM WESUweekly syndicated radio show of “Noise in the attic” that he was “pretty sure” Scott “did not go” QUEENSRŸCHE on his own command. “I can tell you there are lawsuits involved, I know that,” he said. “He’s in a kind of very dark place, and I hope he gets some help, because he’s really messed up, you know? In my opinion. It’s a shame – he’s an incredibly talented drummer. , and unfortunately, he was never happy with that. It wasn’t good enough for him. “

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 name after being fired in 2012. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson 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.

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