And bands still play on . . .
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.