20 Bands That Changed Their Lead Singers And Got Lost

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Music is a controversial butterfly and when we, as listeners, establish a connection with a band, we invest in the lead singer.

What happens when our favorite bands swap out their all important famous face?

Here are 20 bands that changed their lead singers and, in doing so, lost their most important asset!

1. Mötley Crüe

The heavy metal band was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1980 and was one of the largest names in their niche. They were founded by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee. Lee was later famous for some other things, including his marriage and sex tapes he made with Pamela Anderson.

They became a true band when they were joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil.

As the 1990′s brought us grunge music, Vince Neil apparently lost his swag and left the band.

There’s still a veil of mystery on whether Neil was fired or he quit himself. Guitarist Sixx has always said that Neil voluntarily quit the band. However, Neil said that he was actually fired from the band.

Singer John Corabi (of Angora and The Scream), replaced him. He did have some big shoes to fill, but the band was just not the same after Vince’s departure.

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  • mikeh420

    Neither Queen or The Doors (not Door’s), changed their singers, they both died. This article is useless.

  • The Professor

    I’m not saying this article is journalistic gold, but both Queen and The Doors changed their lead singer (as well as Alice in Chains). Saying that they didn’t change them because they died is incoherent. Yes, they died, but the bands clearly tried to move on without their famed frontmen by bringing in new singers, which is kinda the point of the article.

  • HitchinPost

    “When Jim Morrison painstakingly died”

    Do you even know what “painstakingly” means?

    Also, how did you skip from Morrison’s death to 2002 without mentioning the two albums they recorded shortly after his death? Do some research next time.

  • waltherm

    Even by clickbait standards this is illiterate rubbish. “The Door’s”? “Jim Morrison painstakingly died” (painstakingly = “done with or employing great care and thoroughness”)?

    Is this being farmed out to Cambodia second-graders?

  • dmpartners

    STYX JOURNEY GENESIS after Phil YES after JON the list goes on and on. I’ll give Journey a break with Steve Augeri filling in for the never ending excuse truck which is Steve Perry but the rest all are sell outs

  • jojo

    Jay and the Americans. Big hits before changing singers and after.

  • londonrain83

    Adam Lambert is/was doing lead vocals for Queen rather recently.

  • tofjr

    Some of the bands in this list are minor leaguers and scrubs at best. I could not tell you one song that Alice In Chains did. What about Grand Funk Railroad after Mark Farner left? They tried to replace him with two or three singers!

  • Daniel P Hudelson

    The Door’s?? Come on, get literate.

  • bucko1948

    Poorly researched. The Doors performed in 1976 and/or 1977 at Summerthing in Boston. I was there, working on the stage crew.

  • Nate

    This entire article (as with some other picture captions lately) is terribly written…. Almost painful to read… What’s going on Chive??

  • Billy Z

    Not to mention they don’t even say the name of the singer
    Manzarek and Krieger brought in back in 2002 – his name of course is Ian
    Astbury, who had been very successful with his own band – The Cult from the mid
    80’s on. Astbury is great – but iconic singers like Morrison and Mercury simply
    cannot be replaced.

  • waltherm

    So they removed “painstakingly” but left in “The Door’s.” Ugh.

  • Wolfsbane

    AC/DC after Bon Scott died. What was the point?