Musical Chairs Anyone?  

helga_hansen 49F  
3122 posts
9/26/2005 11:02 pm

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Musical Chairs Anyone?

Pink Floyd - After orginal leader Syd Barrett disappeared into a LSD-induced haze in the late 60s, singer and guitarist Dave Gilmour was recruited. However, it was founder member Roger Waters who came to dominate the band, and it was his decision to disband in the mid-80s. Despite this, Gilmour successfully kept Pink Floyd going without him, and after years of acrimony, Waters amazed the rock world by performing with the band at this year’s Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park.

Genesis - Peter Gabriel fronted this 70s "prog rock" band, and when he left to go solo, the group successfully promoted drummer Phil Collins to lead vocals. Years later, he too decided to focus on a solo career, and ex-Stiltskin singer Ray Wilson was recruited in 1992.

The Stranglers - Founder Hugh Cornwell sang on the band’s biggest hits Golden Brown and Peaches, and when he decided to quit the band in 1990, he was replaced by Paul Roberts, who still tours with the group.

AC/DC - The Australian hell-raisers somehow managed to replace original singer Bon Scott after his alcohol overdose death in 1980 with similarly-shrill voiced Brian Johnson, who hails from the UK.

Queen - It seemed unthinkable… Queen without Freddie Mercury. But Brian May and Roger Taylor successfully reunited for a series of concerts this year, with the late Freddie being replaced by former Free and Bad Company front-man Paul Rodgers

And finally… INXS appear to have found a new replacement for the late Michael Hutchence, with a Canadian, vegetarian, Elvis impersonator, who was sleeping rough in a car park, before entering the recently held Rock Star: INXS "talent show" held in the US. rockwriter58 recently wrote about the show in his blog ? New Sensation ? [post 91936], and at the time of writing the show was still in progress. Eleven weeks after the start, there is finally a winner, who was apparently stunned, and cried like a baby when it was announced he had won.

Jason Dean Fortune has the approval of the remaining band members, who previously tried replacing Hutchence with Terence Trent D’Arby, who proved to be very unpopular with fans and critics alike. I guess it remains to be seen if Fortune will indeed be making his fortune with INXS!

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
9/27/2005 12:17 am

I saw Roger Waters with PF back in the early 1970's. His scream on Careful With That Axe Eugene still gives me goosebumps when I remember it.

Erik_Bloodaxe 56M

9/27/2005 1:14 am

How can you compare in any way the ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson to Bon! Stunned here.........

Goes off to listen to Bonfire in its entirely

Erik "Problem Child" Bloodaxe

AlbertPrince 57M

9/27/2005 1:32 am

The Drifters - Clyde McPhatter, Johnny Moore, Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis - 53 members at the last count.

And what about the alternative, the musicians who never stay in the same place?

Eric Clapton - The Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos,
Paul Carrack - Ace, Roxy Music, Squeeze, Mike and the Mechanics
Midge Ure - Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox

But all of them ended up solo!

fred45654 54M
29 posts
9/27/2005 2:21 am

Surely if we want to talk musical chairs then we have to talk Black Sabbath. Line up one comprised Ozzy, Geezer, Bill and Tony, the Sabbath we all know and love. But through the years we have had "Guest" appearances by, amongst others, Dave Walker (Vocals, Fleetwood Mac), Geoff Nichols (kbrd, Quartz), Ronnie Dio (Vocals, Rainbow), Vinny Appice (Drums, Axis/Derringer),(Both Vinny and Ronnie were later to form the band DI, Bev Bevan (Drums, EL, Dave Donato (Vocals, unknown before), Dave Spitz (Bass, White Lion), Eric Singer (Drums, Lita Ford Band) and many many more.....

Now thats what you call Musical Chairs.

JJKittyKat 59F

9/27/2005 7:54 am

I did once meet Brian Johnson This was of course pre AC/DC days not any great claim to fame I'm afraid.

Priapeo 46M

9/28/2005 5:08 am

More... try to draw the histories of Yes and Deep Purple line-ups. Done? Well, doesn't they resemble a genealogic tree of some monarchic dinasty? But also what about those who didn't play musical chairs? Depeche Mode still have not replaced Alan Wilder, after he left 10 years ago; R.E.M., though having to use some session man for recording and tours, still have no official replacement for drummer Bill Berry; the Fixx haven't changed since 1983 now you might ask. "who the hell the FIXX are?". However I still have to find a band who took benefit from losing a limb... but i'm sure some of the musical experts here will be happy to belie me.

Never argue with an idiot. He brings you down to his level then beats you with experience

helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
9/28/2005 6:49 am

Hhhmmm... I can see there are many of you out there who are interested in musical genealogy too This wasn't meant to be a view of the whole sordid, sorry mess, merely a snapshot... but you've all given me food for thought.

Keith... I'm jealous. Lucky man!!

Erik... I wasn't comparing. Honest.

Al... I agree. Musical whores, the lot of them! But what marvellous solo artists too!!!

Fred... Mr Hansen knows far more about Ozzy and the boys than I do. I shall ask him.

JJ... who cares!! You've still met him, and that would make many a person jealous!!

Priapeo... In truth, my interest in Yes only dates back from when Trevor Rabin joined, but I'm willing to explore further. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me.


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

rockwriter58 56M
1389 posts
10/6/2005 8:55 am

Sorry to come to this party late... but I do think the issue of changing bandmates is interesting.

Didn't Roger Waters usurp the rest of the band and get his comeuppance when they decided Pink Floyd was not done and actually had several good releases left in them. Sometimes creative leaders of bands find they are not the only ones who make the difference. And Floyd had more than one great creative mind.

Yes, Genesis was not the same without Peter Gabriel, but the band went through continuing and interesting evolutions without him. Although I do think when Phil Collins left, that was the creative end... not because he was the creative force... but because Genesis was tired.

Thanks for plugging my earlier discussions on these matters. Sorry I've been away... I take up this torch again this week in: [post 109018].

Rock On!


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