And bands still play on . . .

Whangarei Report - - MUSIC - By Brian Kelly

When Neil Finn made his de­but ap­pear­ance on The Ellen Show re­cently with the newlook Fleet­wood Mac, it cre­ated quite a so­cial me­dia storm.

The for­mer Crowded House front man re­placed the leg­endary Lyn­d­say Buck­ing­ham in Fleet­wood Mac, along with the other new mem­ber, Mike Camp­bell from Tom Petty and the Heart­break­ers.

The Ellen Show has more than 30 mil­lion Face­book fol­low­ers and the re­ac­tion was mixed on the band’s new look and sound.

Many of the band’s fol­low­ers said it wasn’t the same with­out Buck­ing­ham. There were also pos­i­tive com­ments from a num­ber of fans lik­ing the new line-up, but I have to say the neg­a­tives out­weighed the pos­i­tives.

It made me think about the num­ber of bands that car­ried on and re­tained their pop­u­lar­ity af­ter re­plac­ing orig­i­nal mem­bers, and one big group came to mind.

On Septem­ber 11, 1962 the orig­i­nal drum­mer for the Bea­tles, Pete Best, was re­placed by Ringo Starr. That cer­tainly worked.

Peter Gabriel was the orig­i­nal lead singer of Gen­e­sis who quit the band in 1975. Their drum­mer, Phil Collins, took over vo­cals and their first al­bum with­out Gabriel was a huge com­mer­cial suc­cess.

Pink Floyd was an­other band to go through some changes. Syd Bar­rett was the orig­i­nal vo­cal­ist but his er­ratic be­hav­iour, along with drug and al­co­hol abuse, saw him sacked from the band in 1968.

David Gil­mour and Roger Wa­ters shared the lead vo­cal du­ties and the band’s sub­se­quent al­bums be­came some of the best-sell­ing of all time.

The Who keep on keep­ing on even though they have lost their orig­i­nal drum­mer, Keith Moon, and bass player, John En­twistle. Moon died in 1978 and was re­placed by Ken­ney Jones of the Small Faces/ Faces. To­day Ringo Starr’s son Zac is their drum­mer and is do­ing a great job. When En­twistle passed away in 2002, Pino Pal­ladino stepped in and the band con­tin­ues.

And of course, there is The Rolling Stones. Fol­low­ing the death of Brian Jones in July of 1969, ex-John May­all gui­tarist Mick Tay­lor joined the line-up and ap­peared on sev­eral of the Stones al­bums be­tween 69 and 1974, in­clud­ing Sticky Fin­gers and Ex­ile on Main St. He left the band in 1974 to be re­placed by Ron­nie Wood.

Bill Wyman, the orig­i­nal bass player for the Stones, left them in 1993 and since then they have used var­i­ous bass play­ers when they tour.

There is quite a list of bands from the 70s and 80s that are still per­form­ing with mem­bers that were not in the orig­i­nal line-up.

Many of the band’s fol­low­ers said it wasn’t the same with­out Buck­ing­ham.

Neil Finn has joined the Fleet­wood Mac line-up, but some fans say the band is not the same with­out Lyn­d­say Buck­ing­ham.

Brian Kelly is a host on Coast Break­fast ra­dio.

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