5 Classic Rock Bands Replacement Drummers That Didn’t Last

5 Classic Rock Bands Replacement Drummers That Didn’t Last | Society Of Rock Videos

LAS VEGAS - JULY 01: Original drummer for The Beatles, Pete Best performs with The Pete Best Band at the Fest for Beatles Fans 2007 at The Mirage Hotel & Casino July 1, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Whether due to musical disagreements or unfortunate circumstances, many bands have found themselves in the position of recruiting new drummers. Some successfully navigated these changes, while others faced challenges that impacted their careers.

Here, we delve into five instances where new drummers entered the scene, either rejuvenating the musical spirit or leaving the bands grappling with the challenges of change.

5. Cozy Powell – Emerson, Lake & Powell
Renowned for his drumming prowess in bands like Whitesnake, Rainbow, and Emerson, Lake & Powell, Cozy Powell’s influential presence in modern rock was felt far and wide. However, his stint with Emerson, Lake & Powell was short-lived, shedding light on the intricate dynamics of band relationships.

4. Barriemore Barlow – Jethro Tull
Barriemore Barlow stepped into Jethro Tull in 1971, replacing Clive Bunker. His rhythmic contributions, showcased in the EP Life’s a Long Song and subsequent concert tours, defined a significant era for the band until his departure in 1980.

3. Roger Pope – Elton John
As Elton John’s drummer from 1975 to 1976, Roger Pope played a pivotal role in the artist’s evolution. Beyond his tenure with Elton, Pope’s diverse background as a session musician and collaborations with various artists added depth to his musical legacy.

2. Eric Carr – Kiss
In 1980, Eric Carr took up the drumsticks for Kiss, succeeding the iconic Peter Criss. Carr faced the challenge of maintaining the band’s essence while establishing his unique presence, navigating the intricacies of stepping into the shoes of a beloved predecessor.

1. Pete Best – The Beatles
The replacement of Pete Best by Ringo Starr in August 1962 marked a turning point in the Beatles’ history. As the band soared to global stardom, Best’s departure left lingering questions about the alternate path the Beatles might have taken, underscoring the impact of drummer changes on a band’s legacy.

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