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June 26, 2019

Chris DeGarmo Has Sold a Chunk of His Queensryche Publishing

By Brian Heaton

Former Queensryche guitarist and songwriter Chris DeGarmo has sold off a significant share of his publishing rights to several of the band’s hit songs, including the Grammy-nominated "Silent Lucidity."

The transaction includes all the songs DeGarmo wrote or co-wrote on Queensryche’s landmark 1988 release Operation: Mindcrime, and 1990 blockbuster, Empire. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, under the name Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc., appears to be the new rights holder.

A source confirmed to that the transaction "happened like a year ago," although the news has quietly flown under the radar. A search on the Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) database revealed the current publishing details.

The sale represents 20 of DeGarmo’s 70 published songs. DeGarmo’s "Tenfoot Penguin Music" looks to have retained his publishing rights in the rest of the Queensryche catalog, and other cuts the guitarist has written outside the band.

In addition to "Silent Lucidity," other standout tunes now controlled by Sony/ATV include "Eyes of a Stranger," "Jet City Woman," "Empire," and the non-album tracks "Last Time in Paris" and "Real World." When reached via email, a spokesperson for Sony/ATV told that the company was unable to comment on the transaction.

The sale of publishing rights is common, particularly for artists who are no longer active in the music industry. For example, Round Hill acquired KK Downing’s share of the publishing rights to 136 songs in the Judas Priest catalog last year.

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