So many bands in the world. With the wealth of bands, both current and past, it’s easy to find plenty of music. Eventually, you get favorites. You grow with the band. And maybe you already have a whole list of bands that you’re quite familiar with.
But oftentimes, band members get into these things called disagreements. Yeah, we all do it, sometimes with catastrophic results. While many of us have a sphere of impact that encompasses a few people (we won’t discuss the severity of some of these results), a band spat in potentially affect millions. Which brings me to the core of this particular discussion platform, how adversely are some bands impacted? Or, more simply, which bands can survive the loss of a member with a simple replacement, and which changes the whole things, AND, which losses destroy the integrity of a band making them too drastically different?
There are some obvious examples that we won’t even discuss. For example, what’s the point of discussing a Bruce Springsteen band without Bruce Springsteen? Or, The Beatles without any of the Fab Four, or The Stones without Mick Jagger, and/or Keith Richards. Or The Who without Roger Daltrey, and/or Pete Townshend, or Rush without Geddy Lee. These are the obvious choices.
But some big bands have had to make changes. Yes, without Jon Anderson for the most part. Journey without Steve Perry. It would seem that the soul gets sucked away from the band due to these losses. And as inconceivable as they seem, they happened. And most of us have not accepted some of those changes.
And then there are the bands that anything could happen to. They just seem to survive well. Several iterations of Deep Purple fall into this category. A few versions of Black Sabbath, and two well-received versions of Van Halen.
Of course, most losses are devastating. An obscure example is Be-Bop Deluxe without Bill Nelson. Would it still be Be-Bop Deluxe if the band replaced his musicianship? Interesting thought.
There are literally thousands of bands that we could discuss, some big. But, for today, let’s discuss a band, any band, in the comment sections, that would falter with the replacement of a member. Could Rush work if Lifeson were replaced? Neil Peart?