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  • Another honorary mention would be Depeche Mode. Started off in 1981 with Vince Clarke (one of the founding members) on keyboards and chief songwriter of next to all of their debut album, “Speak & Spell”. Then he left to form Yazoo (or “Yaz” in the US), and eventually formed Erasure.

    Vince’s replacement was Alan Wilder, joining in 1982 and stayed with them until 1995 after the tour for their “Songs of Faith and Devotion” album. He is now known for his solo project, Recoil.

    The rest of the band (Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher) continued as a trio from this moment, but are joined in the studio and on stage by other musicians, such as Christian Eigner (drums) and Peter Gordeno (keyboards).

  • Tentpole

    Oh come on never heard of Lynyrd Skynyrd?
    They were in a freaking plane crash.

  • Spocker

    Can’t believe you are forgetting Yes, a band that has been around for over 40 years in a myriad of incarnations.

    Founded in 1968 by long time members singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire, along with drummer Bill Bruford, guitarist Peter Banks, and keyboardist Tony Kaye, Yes has seen a total of 18 different musicians fill out it’s ranks during its existence. The ‘classic’ lineup consisted of Anderson, Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and Keyboardist Rick Wakeman at their peak in the early 70s. They were at the forefront of the progressive rock movement

    In 1983, a new version of Yes consisted of Anderson, Squire, White, Kaye, and South African guitarist Trevor Rabin, and churned out pop hits like “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (the bands only #1 hit) and “Rhythm of Love”.

    Throughout their exsistence, only one band member has been through every incarnation, founding member Chris Squire.

  • Toni

    When I first saw the title, I thought of loss of band members due to death. I immediately thought of Def Leppard, The Pretenders and the Stones.

  • steve

    Genesis? They lost a lead singer (Peter Gabriel) and guitarist (Steve Hackett) and became a big commercial success afterwards.

  • marc

    What about GWAR? They had a guitarist, Cory Smoot as Flattus Maximus die and I think another member died after being attacked in his home during a break in.

  • Resi

    Or Jethro Tull, who have changed out literally every member but one multiple times.

  • Bmoreravens12

    Alice In Chains? They’re still going without Layne Staley and Mike Starr.

    • I added Yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Depeche Mode, Def Leppard, Genesis, Gwar (yay Gwar!), Jethro Tull, and Alice in Chains to the playlist on YouTube. For most of them I added a few videos (old and new, to get different members). If you have a link to a video that talks about the band member loss or compares the lineup over time, please let me know and I’ll add it as well.

  • Peter Boucher

    Excellent list ! Kudos to the author of it. I have seen 5 of the 10 bands listed here. This is my opinion on # 9, Van Halen. Two things. They put out what I consider the greatest and most entertaining video in history. That being “Hot For Teacher. And secondly, what in hell were the Van Halen Brothers thinking when they “fired” David Lee Roth as their front man and replacing with Sammy Hagar. I actually like Hagar’s solo material, but with Van Halen ? That not only cut it for me, but that had to be the biggest travesty in the realm of Rock Music history. And one more thing. The death of Freddie Mercury of Queen. I saw Queen way back in 1982. Never did I see a greater, more dramatic and bravura performer then Freddie was. And they replace him with Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) ???!!! To Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor, the original members, just let it go and retire. I am most definitely sure that you have a ton of money in your bank accounts to live like Kings,

  • lawn

    Hello? Ever heard of The Beatles?

    • devante

      the list is about bands who lost a member and continue to rock, beatles all went their seperate ways at the same time never to reunite again, just like when john bonham died and zeppelin immediately disbanded, but imo i feel that avenge sevenfold should’ve been on this list, the loss of an awesome drummer like rev, yet you still find some way to rock, kudos.

      • Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best were members early on- I’ve added interviews with them to the playlist.

    • devante

      btw, ik its going to be at least one guy to mention nirvana and kurt, to save you time remember that they also immediately broken up after cobains suicide

  • Tower of Power probably holds the record. Some 80+ individuals have been members in 40 or so years, including a sixteen-year-old kid named Lenny Pickett, now the bandleader for Saturday Night Live.

  • Jay

    List…too…great…must…not…mention… Lynard Skynard.

  • Lachlan

    Don’t forget Deep Purple, who are still going strong.

    Formed by Chris Curtis (ex-The Searchers) in 1967 as Roundabout, the first member was Jon Lord (keyboards), followed by Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). Curtis was the first casualty, leaving soon after. Then arrived Nick Semper (bass), followed by Rod Evans (vocals) and Ian Paice (drums), changing their name to Deep Purple in 1968. In 1969, Evans and Semper left, to be replaced by Ian Gillan (vocals) and Roger Glover (bass). Gillan and Glover left in 1973, to be replaced by Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale. In 1975, Ritchie Blackmore left and American ax-man Tommy Bolin stepped in. He died in 1976 by drug-intoxication.

    The band went into a temporary hiatus until 1984, Gillan, Lord, Blackmore, Glover and Paice reformed the band. After Gillan quit (again) in 1989, he was replaced by Joe Lynn Turner. He lasted one tour, when he was edged out by Gillan’s 3rd arrival. In 1993, Ritchie Blackmore quit and Steve Morse stepped in permanently. Jon Lord bowed out in 2002 and keyboardist Don Airey joined. The band still tours.

    • Thanks Lachlan, I’ve added them to the playlist – yesterday, my brother was just showing me pictures of a Deep Purple concert he went to: he went to see them with 2 buddies in high school and then, recently, with the same 2 guys 30 years later – I thought that was pretty cool.

  • Jim Ribs

    I think while Pink Floyd should be on the list, they shouldn’t be at number one. During their biggest run the band lineup didn’t change at all. It was pretty solid from 1969-1985 with Waters/Gilmour/Wright/Mason. I think Yes, as mentioned above should be on this list, they had their two biggest hits with two different singers all together.

  • Hannah

    No Avenged Sevenfold or Slipknot? I saw A7x after The Rev died and they were still fantastic, and I’m pretty sure Slipknot plans to continue after Paul Gray’s death.

  • Hannah

    Not that these other bands aren’t awesome, they are. Just saying, though.

  • KatieB

    Errrr Manic Street Preachers? Joy Division? INXS?

  • ParusMajor

    Black Sabbath have had many lineup changes, most notably in 1979 when they fired their singer Ozzy Osbourne. Tony Iommi is the only one who has been in the band constantly.

  • ParusMajor

    Motörhead, too. The original line-up was Lemmy, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor. But for years lately it’s been Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee. Lemmy IS Motörhead. 🙂

  • brian

    Pink Floyd started with another band member…cant remember his name. And the whole Syd Barrett losing his mind thing is speculation….a lot of people think he just just trying to sabotage the band.

  • Mark

    Lynard Skynard and The Allman Bros are probably the two best known examples of this. How did you miss them? I’d have mentioned them way before the Chili Peppers or Bon Jovi.

    More importantly… THE VELVET UNDERGROUND anybody? They’re the BEST example of this. Their first and last albums actually had a 100% complete line-up change. There wasn’t one original member performing on the album. They were literally a totally different band at that point. It’s the only example of this that I’ve been able to find. Of course, whether or not the “survived” the line up change is an issue that I admit could disqualify them from this list.

  • Jeff

    The bands foreigner, Chicago, journey, and Styx.

  • jfauser

    Bon Jovi only changed their bassist so it isn’t that amazing that they kept going just fine. Guns and Roses didn’t survive, they are completely dead. Black Sabbath definately needs to be by the top.

  • William O’Dell

    Just wanted to remind you guys, this list features the bands with the greatest number of sales and loss of band members. So if we are talking about just bands that lost band members and had a following, then this list would have been much longer. Not to mention, I’m not sure how I would have categorized this list if it was just lost a band member.

    At any rate, I’m glad that there were more bands brought up including Yes, one of my personal faves!

  • zak

    Joy Division minus Ian Curtis = New Order.

  • Rob

    Foreigner had 36 different members since 1976, according to Wikipedia. Only one original member, Kick Jones, remains.

    • Rob

      Sorry, Mick Jones. Autocorrect got me.

  • jimbotbay

    LMAOOOOO @ syd barrett as an original member of pink floyd…. total BS.

  • james

    (1) Black Sabbath / lost Ozzy and got Ronnie James Dio…. then lost Ronnie and got Ian Gillian , then back to Dio Then Ozzy ,Then Rob Halford(Judas Priest) , Then Dio again , then Ozzy again… not to mention all the drummers , singers , and even bass guitarists that the band went through……i loved the Ozzy line-up but can’t deny how they kept going and stayed big

    (2) Beatles / (Maybe) — they lost Pete Best and got Ringo…. might … they did record stuff… some of it is hard to find but they did record…..

    (3) Fleetwood Mac / They had a few line-up changes and lost a multitude Frontmen too……

    (4) The yardbirds / (i forget) to Jeff Beck to Jimmy Page

    (5) The Jimmy Hendrix Experience lost Noel Redding and kept on a-going…..

    Pink Floyd also lost Bob Close just before fame came along….

  • blue yoshi

    HEART. they don`t even have 1 founding member. the last one left in 1982.
    the oldest member is ann wilson who joined in 1972, 5 years later

    • Wow – that rocked my world – I just checked and the Wilson sisters were not in the original line-up – thanks for sharing!

  • stan

    Iron Maiden has had 3 different lead singers, Paul Di’Anno, Bruce Dickinson and Blayze Bayley and several different people on drums and guitar and they’re still around and very popular.