9 Rock Bands With No Original Members Left
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 1976: Sisters and musicians Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of the rock band "Heart" pose for a portrait session in September 1976 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Bands naturally experience lineup changes over time, a process that often enhances their chemistry and musical composition. However, when a band persists without any of its original members, it raises questions about its identity and legacy.
Here are nine rock bands that have continued their musical journey despite the absence of their founding musicians.
9. Quiet Riot
Following the passing of Frankie Banali due to pancreatic cancer, the surviving members of Quiet Riot have affirmed their commitment to carrying on without him. Johnny Kelly, known for his work with Danzig and Type O Negative, has taken on the role of drummer for the Californian group. Quiet Riot’s decision to continue reflects their dedication to keeping the music alive in tribute to their late bandmate.
Yes, with its rich history in progressive rock and iconic albums like Fragile, faced a significant shift when Chris Squire passed away in 2015, leaving the band without any original members. Despite this, vocalist and original member Jon Anderson continued with his own version of the band until 2018. Yes’s perseverance without original members emphasizes their commitment to the enduring spirit of their music.
The album Dog and Butterfly marked the end of an era for Heart, as it was the last record with Roger Fisher. Following the album’s release, Fisher ended his association with Ann, departing the group. Simultaneously, Mike Fisher’s relationship with Nancy came to an end, and she would later marry Cameron Crowe. Heart’s transition symbolizes a chapter closing while new ones open, echoing the ebb and flow of personal and professional relationships.
6. Blood, Sweat, and Tears
The second album, Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969), witnessed significant changes with the addition of trumpeters Lew Soloff and Chuck Winfield, and trombonist Jerry Hyman. These musicians, along with David Clayton-Thomas, joined the group, filling the void left by former members. The evolution of Blood, Sweat, and Tears underscores the adaptability of a band to new talents, contributing to the ever-changing tapestry of their sound.
5. The Hollies
After Allan Clarke’s retirement, the Hollies continued their touring activities with Carl Wayne, former singer of The Move, stepping in to replace him. Despite Graham Nash’s brief return, the band focused on reliving their past successes, particularly their sensational run in the 60s. The Hollies’ continuation with a new vocalist signifies their resilience and the timeless appeal of their classic hits.
4. Humble Pie
The charismatic leader of Humble Pie, Steve Marriott, tragically died in a house fire in Essex on April 20, 1991, marking the end of an era for the British rock band. Humble Pie’s legacy endures as a testament to the impact of Steve Marriott’s leadership and the timeless nature of their contributions to rock music.
3. Canned Heat
The untimely death of Bob Hite on April 5, 1981, marked a turning point for Canned Heat. The band released albums in 1981, including a tribute to Hite, but his absence left an undeniable void in the group. Canned Heat’s continued music-making serves as a tribute to the late Bob Hite, emphasizing the band’s enduring spirit in the face of loss.
2. Judas Priest
In 1973, Judas Priest experienced significant lineup changes, with Al Atkins leaving and Rob Halford joining as the new vocalist. Halford brought drummer John Finch with him, and together they contributed to shaping the band’s future. Judas Priest’s evolution showcases the impact of new talent and the collaborative effort that defines the band’s ongoing journey.
1. Iron Butterfly
After a farewell tour in 1971, Iron Butterfly disbanded. In the mid-90s, the band resurfaced for an American tour after the reissue of their classic work. The passing of Darryl DeLoach in 2002 marked a poignant moment in the history of Iron Butterfly, emphasizing the enduring impact of the band despite the absence of original members. Iron Butterfly’s return and dedication to touring highlight the lasting legacy of their iconic music.