Queensrÿche (pron.: /ˈkwiːnzraɪk/) is an American progressive metal band. Queensrÿche started as The Mob in 1981, by guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scot Rockenfield, guitarist Chris Degarmo and bassist Eddie Jackson. Without a singer, they recruited Geoff Tate to sing for them at a local rock festival. At the time, Tate was in other band called Babylon. After Babylon broke up, Tate performed a few shows with The Mob but left.