10 Line-Up Changes That Saved These Bands’ Careers

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 1: Fleetwood Mac (L-R Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood) backstage at the Los Angeles Rock Awards on September 1, 1977 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

There are lots of classic rock groups who would love to say that they experimented with their own successful lineup changes in the history of rock and roll. Below are the 10 Line-Up Changes That Saved These Bands’ Careers:

Deep Purple

The band has undergone multiple lineup changes and was inactive from 1976 to 1984. Their first four lineups are often labeled “Mark I”, “II”, “III” and “IV”. The “Mark II”, consisting of Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums), and Roger Glover (bass), was the most successful and best-selling lineup. , and remained active between 1969 and 1973 and between 1984 and 1989, when the relationship between Blackmore and the rest of the musicians became irreparable. Their current lineup, which features Steve Morse instead of Blackmore and Don Airey instead of Lord, has been active since 2002.

The Pretenders

The Pretenders is an English-American rock band founded in Hereford, United Kingdom that came to prominence during the punk and new wave movement of the late 1970s due to their innovative songwriting and charismatic performances. Since then, the band has experienced drug-related losses and numerous subsequent personnel changes, with American-born group founder, songwriter, vocalist, and rhythm guitarist Chrissie Hynde as the only consistent member. Formed in 1978 in London, the original band Hynde, lead and rhythm guitarist James Honeyman-Scott (died 1982), bassist Pete Farndon (died 1983), and drummer Martin Chambers.

Small Faces/Faces

If in the 60s the Small Faces, with the leadership of their singer and guitarist Steve Marriott, was one of the most popular mod ensembles of the Decca and in Immediate an excellent psychedelic pop group, in the 70s, with The arrival of Rod Stewart and Ron Wood to the group, the reconverted Faces managed to stand out with their raw, revelry, brave rock’n’roll, honky-tonk, folk, hard rock or R&B sounds. Both singer Stewart (born January 10, 1945, in London) and guitarist Wood (born June 1, 1947, in London) had previously been with the Jeff Beck Group.

The Yardbirds

The group was created in 1963. The first name was the Metropolis Blues Quartet, and its first formation consisted of singer Keith Relf (born March 22, 1944, in Surrey), lead guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham, rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja (born on November 11, 1944, in Surrey), bassist Paul Samwell-Smith (born May 8, 1943, in Surrey) and drummer Jim McCarty (born July 25, 1944, in Liverpool). When the three important figures of rock joined the group everything changed for the Yardbirds. Key to this sonic expansion was the instrumental contribution of three of the most prominent British guitarists of all time: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, who with their penetrating amplified sounds, distortions, or feedback, helped to reinvent the guitar sound, in special, and within the group, the influential work of Beck.

Fleetwood Mac

The original members of the London ensemble were musicians from John Mayall’s important group, the Bluesbreakers: guitarist and frontman Peter Green (born October 29, 1946, in London), bassist John McVie (born November 26, 1945, in London), who had replaced Bob Brumming (who would form the Brumming Sunflower Blues Band) on the four strings, and drummer Mick Fleetwood (born June 24, 1947, in Cornwall).  In 1975, two characters of notable pop sensibility were incorporated, influenced by the Beatles and the Beach Boys, who were fundamentals in the commercial success of the group, Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948, in Phoenix) and Lindsey Buckingham (born on May 26, 1948, in Phoenix). October 3, 1948, in Palo Alto), who had previously recorded a self-titled album as a duo as Buckingham Nicks in 1973.


Van Halen

After Lee Roth’s departure, they look for a new singer, and Sammy Hagar enters. With him, they recorded the album “5150” in 1986. From this production, there are songs like “Summer Nights”, “Why Can’t This Be Love?”, “Dreams” and “Love Walks In”. It took two years for Van Halen to release a new LP. “OU812” appears in 1988, reaching a good acceptance by the public.

Pink Floyd

Syd Barrett extreme submission to LSD caused his mental capacity to decline over time until he became a vegetable while he was in full use. This unfortunate state caused his companions to have to dispense with their presence on stage, confining their skills to composition. His mental deterioration prevented him from continuing in the band and in 1968, Syd Barrett had to leave the group, being replaced by guitarist Dave Gilmour (born March 6, 1946, in Cambridge). With Gilmour joining, the excellent LP “Meddle” (1971), with songs like “Echoes” or “One Of These Days”, and the soundtrack of the Barbet Schroeder film “The Valley” “Obscured By Clouds” (1972), were the prelude “Dark Side Of The Moon” (1973), the most commercial album until the time of the Pink Floyd, historically broke both the European and American sales charts.


Allman Brothers Band

Legendary American band from the 70s, epitome of southern rock for its emotional mix of styles based on the roots of American music. The first album was the eponymous “The Allman Brothers Band” (1969), released on Phil Walden’s (Otis Redding manager) Capricorn Records label and produced by Adrian Barber. The result was a great debut work full of blues and rock distinguished by the guitar interaction established between Duane and Dickey, and the good writing skills of Gregg Allman, also a magnificent vocalist and keyboardist. When Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24 in 1971 – the fate of the band falls into Gregg and Dickey’s hands. In 1989, the Allman Brothers returned to the fray with the highly esteemed “Seven Turns” (1990), an excellent album that featured new guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody, and keyboardist Johnny Neel.


When they were in their prime, both commercially and artistically, misfortune took hold of the group, as Bon Scott died of drowning in his own vomit on February 19, 1980, due to alcohol abuse after a wild night out. He was 33 years old at the time of his death. His replacement was Brian Johnson, former lead singer of the group Geordie, who was a perfect fit within the band. Johnson’s first work was “Back In Black” (1980), their best-selling album, which revealed that Scott’s loss had not affected AC / DC’s creative ability or commercial appeal. The album plays classic songs from the band such as “Shoot To Thrill”, “Hells Bells” or the homonymous “Back In Black”.

The Rolling Stones

The vocal and stage skills of the frontman, Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943, in Dartford, Kent), his compositional work alongside guitarist, man-riff Keith Richards (born December 18, 1943, in Dartford, Kent), the multi-instrumental talent of the band’s first leader Brian Jones (born February 28, 1943, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire), the optimal rhythmic functionality of bassist Bill Wyman (born October 24, 1936, in Lewisham, London) and drummer Charlie Watts (born June 2, 1941, in Kingsbury, London), alongside Mick Taylor (born January 17, 1949, in Welwyn Garden City) and Ron Wood (born June 1, 1947, in Hillingdon, Middlesex), great professionals of the six strings who came, respectively, to the formation after the death of Jones and the departure of Taylor, make the Rolling Stones more than a simple musical group, a long-standing institution that has granted to the history of rock moments of glo He laughed both on his vinyl and on stage with sweaty and indelible live performances.