Guitarist Chris DeGarmo has rejoined QUEENSRŸCHE during the recording sessions for the band's forthcoming album, the Seattle-based group have confirmed via their official web site (www.queensryche.com). While it cannot be confirmed at this time whether Chris has officially returned to the band as a full-time member, the group is writing as a complete unit for the first time in seven years. A representative for DeGarmo confirmed the original lineup is "creating the next QUEENSRŸCHE studio release". QUEENSRŸCHE have amassed numerous gold and platinum awards and were nominated for a Grammy for their Top Ten Single "Silent Lucidity" in 1991.
QUEENSRŸCHE's upcoming full-length disc is slated for an early summer release. It follows their Sanctuary Records debut, "Live Evolution", which was released in 2001. The "Live Evolution" DVD debuted at # 11 on Billboard's top music video sales chart.