Talk about music - songs/albums that you love, and the ones that you don't.|
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okay, so I started a thread.
So, yay, Metallica is on the cover, whippee.
But there's a story on the 90's Dead frontman bands!
and how a new frontman is reviving the band.
3 were drug overdose, and 1 heart condition (probably from drugs too)
Alice in Chains
In my opinion...a successful band can never get away with changing a frontman.
There are only two bands in the history of music who pulled off getting away with it:
Of the four bands mentioned, I don't think any of them have reached much success since losing their singers. So many bands have tried it and failed or have gone back to their original singer. I know none of these bands can do that, for obvious reasons. But some singers have such unique voices that it would be a total crime to replace them with someone else who is just "singing the words".
However, like I said before, AC/DC got away with it. And Bon Scott had one of the most unique voices in rock. But AC/DC did something pretty brilliant in the way they introduced Brian Johnson. They didn't try and recreate Bon Scott, they let Brian Johnson bring a whole new sound to the band by his own unique voice and not by trying to make him sound like Bon Scott...who could anyway?
Risky, but the result was their most successful album and one of the top selling albums of all time:
Back in Black
A good friend of mine is the lead singer for a popular 80's Hair Metal band: L.A. Guns. His name is Phil Lewis. He left the band a while back and they continued on without him. They went through a series of singers and it was never the same. The fans could not grasp L.A. Guns being fronted by someone else. Mostly due to the fact that Phil's voice was one of those unique voices that you could immediately identify when you heard it. Nobody else could match that. Well, Phil re-joined the band and they took off again. But then the band split soon thereafter again. What was interesting about that was...Phil and the original drummer went one way and the band's founder and lead guitar player, Tracii Guns, went the other. Phil formed his version L.A. Guns with a new bass player and a new guitar player. Tracii formed his version with a whole new band. They both tour as "L.A. Guns" to this day...but guess which one is more successful and has the support of the original fans?
It's just an example.
But you know who I have a ton of respect for? Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. Instead of trying the ultimate sin of replacing Kurt Cobain...he started his own band. Which I think is one of the best bands out there today. I scratch my head when I see bands today like Skid Row and Journey trying to replace the voices of their frontman that had such a grounded and solid identifiable sound.
I don't get it.
excellent info Erin!
yes, I agree, you can't replace a great frontman. But AC/DC pulled it off.
Cuz I didn't know for years there were 2 different guys!!
Yes, Nirvana was dead after Cobain was gone.
I also thing the genre needed changing (from Grunge).
L.A. Guns -I've heard of.
Can you give post your favorite tunes from them?
Their biggest hit was Ballad of Jayne. The video was also Number #1 on MTV for a while (1989) back when MTV actually played music videos on a regular basis instead of their programming series.
"Ballad of Jayne" Video
Another popular hit for the band was Rip and Tear
"Rip and Tear" Video
And another one of their biggest hits was Electric Gypsy
"Electric Gypsy" Video - Probably their coolest video, IMO
I loved the Hair Band Metal Days!! This was one of my favorite bands, too!! It's funny how years later I've become good friends with the singer. We've been friends since 1998 and still hang out to this very day. And what's really cool about L.A. Guns is the fact that Phil still sings as good today as he did back then. They're also releasing a new album in June...still going strong!! So very cool!!
Moral of the story: YOU CAN'T REPLACE A FRONTMAN!! Unless you're AC/DC.
Exactly! could you imagine Jamiroquai without Jay...... I agree with the premise of your statements but you forgot Pink Floyd
And what is Beastie's without Adam?
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