One down, two to go.

From Blabbermouth, earlier this morning:

Former MEGADETH and KING DIAMOND guitarist Glen Drover has left the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE before playing a single show with the band.

I wasn’t sure how long this would take, or who would leave first, but considering the economics of the whole thing it isn’t surprising. Tater’s latest solo album and his solo shows have been getting abysmal reviews, and the REAL Queensryche is signed to Live Nation, probably the biggest artist-management firm in the country, who controls pretty much every significant entertainment venue in the country. There was probably no way Tater could pull off getting enough people to fill the various iterations of Billy Joe’s Bar & Grill that he and his scabs were destined to play to pull in enough money to pay just Drover himself, let alone Bobby Blotzer and Rudy Sarzo.

Beyond that, it’d be interesting to see why Drover pulled out. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see if the reviews and general reception to Tater’s solo shows were a part of it. Of course there are those who will say, “but those were his solo shows, those were going to be different than his Queensryche presentation.” Considering the miniscule differences between Kings and Thieves and Dedicated to Chaos, though, I’m not sure I buy that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Drover went to Seattle, finally met the Taters, got a whiff of the nepotism and Geoff’s attitude and ran for his life.

At any rate, the only real downside to this is that with Drover gone there’s not a snowflake’s chance in hell that the solos are going to be played worth a shit, because Kelly Gray is the only guitar player Tater has left for his “version” of the band. This, sort of, is where the “one down, two to go” comes in. Even if Bobby Blotzer and Rudy Sarzo bail on Tater, Gray and Randy Gane are going to stick with Tater no matter what because he’s pretty much the only one who will work with them anymore. I wouldn’t put money on it just yet, but I would not be the least bit surprised if Tater rebrands his solo band as “Queensryche” before this is all said and done. We shall see…

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