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Bands that have changed lead singers.

Bands that have changed lead singers

15/10/2015Music

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It must be tough to be a singer. All those nights on tour, living in a bus, the strain on your vocal chords… It’s no surprise that sometimes singers bow out of bands. A lot of the time, bands fold when this happens. But sometimes they carry on – for better or worse. 

 

 

 

New Order 

New Order - made some of the most iconic dance records of the 80s.

New Order - made some of the most iconic dance records of the 80s.

Ah Ian Curtis, we do miss you. His death at the age of 27 led New Order to not only change their name from Joy Division, but also their sound - making some of the most iconic dance records of the 80s in the process.

Genesis

Genesis - famous for their 20 minute rock epics.

Genesis - famous for their 20 minute rock epics.

Genesis were famous for both their 20 minute rock epics and Peter Gabriel’s flower costumes. In 1975, Gabriel decided that life in the band wasn’t for him and left, resulting in Phil Collins taking his place. Being massive Phil Collins fans, we’re kind of glad that Gabriel disappeared from the band… 

Pink Floyd

Dave Gilmour led Pink Floyd to mega-stardom.

Dave Gilmour led Pink Floyd to mega-stardom.

Syd Barrett was abandoned by Pink Floyd in 1968. He was replaced by Dave Gilmour, who led the band to mega-stardom with bombastic rock operas Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall.

Mötley Crüe 

Mötley Crüe enlisted the talents of John Corabi for their 1994 album.

Mötley Crüe enlisted the talents of John Corabi for their 1994 album.

Fed up with your lead singer continually head-butting your drummer? Then why not trade him in for a new model! That’s what Mötley Crüe did when they dispensed with the services of frontman Vince Neil and enlisted the talents of John Corabi for their 1994 self-titled album. 

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson towered over the metal scene.

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson towered over the metal scene.

Once upon a time British metal ruled the airwaves, and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson towered over the scene like a big shouty God. But all good things have to come to an end, and Dickinson quit the band in 1993 to focus on his solo efforts. Luckily he wasn’t gone forever. 

Queen

Freddie Mercury: no-one could ever really replace our moustachioed hero.

Freddie Mercury: no-one could ever really replace our moustachioed hero.

Queen without Freddie Mercury? Never! However, at the end of 2004, the band announced that they would reunite and tour with Paul Rodgers, former lead singer of Free and Bad Company. So far, this arrangement appears to be working out alright. But no-one could ever really replace our moustachioed hero…  

Van Halen

Who's the better Van Halen front man: Dave Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar?

Who's the better Van Halen front man: Dave Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar?

Who's the better Van Halen front man: Dave Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar? This debate has raged amongst us fans for years. Perhaps it’s all a matter of personal taste. After all, what would you rather have; Hagar’s slushy soft-rock love ballads, or lycra-clad Dave howling at you to Jump? We simply can’t choose!

AC/DC 

Iconic screamers, AC/DC.

Iconic screamers, AC/DC.

AC/DC burst onto the international rock stage in the 1970s, led by the enigmatic Bon Scott. Unfortunately, in 1980, Scott died after a heavy drinking session, aged just 33. Although the band did briefly consider splitting, they decided instead to enrol the services of Geordie singer Brian Johnson, who has helped to make them into the iconic flat cap and school uniform-wearing screamers we know and love today.

INXS

JD Fortune, ego the size of a small country.

JD Fortune, ego the size of a small country.

There are easier ways to recruit a new lead singer than via a reality TV show. INXS didn’t allow this simple fact to put them off when they sought a replacement for Michael Hutchence. Sadly, the chosen candidate, JD Fortune, proved to have an ego the size of a small country, and they parted ways in February 2009.

Marillion

Steve Hogarth replaced Marillion's fishy frontman.

Steve Hogarth replaced Marillion's fishy frontman.

A lead singer called Fish is always going to be a hard act to follow. Steve Hogarth discovered this when he was drafted in to replace the fishy frontman in rockers Marillion. Whilst albums featuring his vocals have gone down well with the critics, this hasn’t translated into record sales. But hey, as long as they keep rocking, we’re happy.

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