Scott Rockenfield Says He’s Still in Queensryche After Four Year Absence
Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield has broken his years-long silence regarding his long-term absence of the group, issuing a brief and mysterious statement that’s short on details but states definitely that he is still in the band.
Rockenfield took some time off in 2017 following the birth of his son, but what was originally slated to be a few months — with Kamelot’s Casey Grillo filling in — has now turned into nearly four years, with members of the band even saying they have no idea what’s up with him or when he’ll return. Vocalist Todd La Torre played drums on the band’s most recent album, The Verdict.
Posting on his personal Facebook page earlier today, Rockfield said:
“wanna hear a fun story? goes like this :”
“Contrary to any statements or interviews coming from other parties, I most definitely ‘did not’ and ‘have not’ quit, walked away, retired or abandoned Queensryche??!! ….unfortunately, you have not been given the facts by any means…
“a total cliffhanger right? ….
Former Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate, who split from the band in 2012, said in a 2019 interview that he believed Rockenfield and the band were embroiled in a lawsuit, then in 2020 he said the drummer has “a lot of medical problems.” Given the shifting nature of that story, and Tate’s acrimonious relationship with his former band, take those assertions with a grain of salt. But it’s worth pointing out that Rockenfield’s statement does not explicitly shoot down either suggestion.
You’ll know more as soon as we do.