Scott Rockenfield: ‘I Most Definitely Did Not Quit Queensryche’

Queensyrche‘s longtime drummer Scott Rockenfield has been conspicuously missing from his spot behind the drumkit over the last four years, but in a new posting on his social media he reveals that he hasn’t left the group. Though he leaves what’s really happened as “a cliffhanger,” he insists that he has not “quit, walked away, retired or abandoned” Queensyrche.

The group has performed with former Kamelot drummer Casey Grillo since April 2017 while vocalist Todd La Torre played drums on 2019’s The Verdict album.

Rockenfield’s status has been a bit of a mystery in recent years. He stepped away from touring for a period in 2017 for the birth of his son and in 2018 the group confirmed that Rockenfield was still with the group but that no timetable had been set for his return. In 2019, when Rockenfield didn’t return, La Torre stepped in to handle drums on their album. The singer revealed in an interview with Trunk Nation that Rockenfield wished them the best for the recording, which they took as a green light to proceed on the record without him.

In his new posting, Rockenfield states, “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 QUEENSRŸCHE??!! ….unfortunately, you have not been given the facts by any means…’ a total cliffhanger right? … more soon.”

The message comes with a photo of a door plastered with a number of band “stickers” that is the door to what he’s called “The Rockenfield Dungeon” in his parents basement. The drummer adds, “The original door is still there and still with the 40 years of adornment. I started my first band in this room – 16 years old – with none other than Jeff Probst (Survivor TV host). Yup lol! Still friends. Then Queensryche was here non-stop til ’95.”

The pandemic has put Queensryche touring on hold over the past year, though Todd La Torre is currently working up to a new solo album. Does the new message from Rockenfield signify a return is coming when touring resumes? That remains to be seen, but the acknowledgement that he has not quit the band and his “cliffhanger” certainly leaves some hope for longtime fans of the group.

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Queensryche’s Todd La Torre Dishes Out Neck-Wrecking Solo Song

Queensryche and former Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre has a jaw-dropping vocal range, that much we knew. But we don’t often get to hear him go full tilt for an extended period of time, at least not in the studio environment. His new solo song, “Vanguards of the Dawn Wall,” absolutely scratches that itch for anyone smitten with shrieking falsetto.

This latest single, which comes off the forthcoming Rejoice in the Suffering, is a neck-wrecking thrasher rooted in the modern era rather than a straight up ’80s throwback. La Torre hits the gas just a bit harder here than he did on his first solo track, “Darkened Majesty,” and even discharges some quasi-growling bellows over the chorus to contrast his piercing vocal shades.

“‘Vanguards of the Dawn Wall’ is a full throttle thrasher! We wanted a no nonsense fast paced shredder, with intense guitar riffs, solos, drum work, and vocals,” commented La Torre. “This song was inspired by a few different documentaries surrounding two particular near insurmountable feats of rock climbing. While initially written about those achievements, this song is really meant to represent and embody this very special breed and the spirit of all climbing.”

Read the lyrics to “Vanguards of the Dawn Wall” directly below and listen to the bruising new song further down the page.

Open the gates, open the pathways of uncertainty
The outcast now faced with the thrill that only few can see

Homage to the fallen, ascension at the cutting edge
Homage to the dead, body and mind push it to the test

Vanguards of the dawn wall (2x)

Repossessed, another victim not in vain
Fingertips shred and bleed, amygdala to blame
Steadfast, it’s down to this, and focused on the task
One pitch at a time to reign supreme at last

Homage to the fallen, ascension at the cutting edge
Homage to the dead, body and mind push it to the test

Vanguards of the dawn wall (4x)

Open the gates, open the pathways of uncertainty
The outcast now faced with the thrill, that only few can see

Rejoice in the Suffering comes out Feb. 5 on RatPak Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Todd La Torre, “Vanguards of the Dawn Wall”

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