Written by on March 2, 2017


Axl is touring with AC/DC, Journey has a scary-deceiving frontman that isn’t Steve Perry, what is this world coming to? Beyond bands with mega fan-bases and a die-hard mentalities who fill vacancies to keep playing the classics, plenty of rock bands went through frontman changes while making the hits – for reasons ranging to rifts within the band, substance abuse, pursuit of solo careers, and death. The obvious are those like Bon Scott to Brian Johnson and David Lee Roth to Sammy Hagar – but there are certainly others.

For this week’s/last week’s shows I’ve chosen the nine “most notable,” my criteria being that the band had charting songs before and after their line-up change. These turned out to be

  1. Pantera – Terry Glaze to Phil Anselmo
  2. Deep Purple – Rod Evans to Ian Gillan
  3. REO Speedwagon – Terry Luttrell to Kevin Cronin
  4. Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne to Ronnie James Dio
  5. Faith No More – Chuck Moseley to Mike Patton
  6. Van Halen – David Lee Roth to Sammy Hagar
  7. Iron Maiden – Paul Di’Anno to Bruce Dickenson
  8. Genesis – Peter Gabriel to Phil Collins
  9. AC/DC – Bon Scott to Brian Johnson




  • Cowboys From Hell
    Cowboys From Hell
  • Woman From Tokyo
    Deep Purple
    Total Abandon - Live In Australia '99
  • Time for Me to Fly
    REO Speedwagon
    You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish
  • Heaven and Hell
    Black Sabbath
    Heaven and Hell
  • Epic
    Faith No More
    The Real Thing
  • Poundcake
    Van Halen
    For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
  • The Trooper
    Iron Maiden
    Piece of Mind
  • Mama
  • Back In Black
    Back In Black

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