Listomania: Top Five Lead Singer Switcheroos
Can you really blame the rest of Creed for wanting to ditch this guy?
In the late '90s and early 2000s, there were few bands higher on the proverbial food chain than Creed, with their first three multi-platinum albums amassing a total sales of over 30 million copies during their heyday.
But dozens of controversies by wheels off frontman Scott Stapp (see: making a sex tape with Kid Rock groupies, sucker-punching a member of 311, and domestic violence arrests, just to name a few) eventually lead to internal strife within the band.
But, rather than go the Van Halen/Van Hagar route, the remaining members of Creed joined with Mayfield Four frontman Myles Kennedy to form a new band: Alter Bridge. And although Alter Bridge hasn't even come close to approaching the massive success of Creed, they also haven't had to endure being continual tabloid fodder, either. (Anyone remember when Creed was named "second worst band of the year" by Guitar World magazine back in 2004?)
So in honor of Alter Bridge's upcoming, sold-out show at Trees tonight, we thought we'd rack our brains for a few other instances of bands rebranding after pulling the old lead-singer-switcheroo.
Band: Velvet Revolver
Biggest Hit: "Slither"
By 1997, Axl Rose was the only remaining Apetite For Destruction-era member of Guns N' Roses left. A constant rotation of backing band members, numerous tour cancellations, and a decade-long struggle to release Chinese Democracy proved that Rose suffered from a unique brand of crazy. In 2004, GNR expatriates Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum hooked up with exiled Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland to form Velvet Revolver.
Band: Talk Show
Biggest Hit: "Hello, Hello"
Speaking of Scott Weiland, it was his constant battles with addictions, jail stints, and mediocre solo material that spurred the rest of Stone Temple Pilots to form Talk Show in 1997. Though their album sounded like basically another STP effort, replacement vocalist Dave Coutts proved to be no Weiland, and, as such, their eponymous album basically tanked.
Biggest Hits: "Like a Stone" & "Be Yourself"
In 2000, Rage Against the Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha announced he was leaving the band due to their inability to work together -- or possibly spurred by Rage bassist Tim Commerford's inebriated amp-climbing antics during the MTV Video Music Awards, depending on who is telling it. Either way, the band wasn't ready to throw in the towel. After auditioning other rappers, like B-Real of Cypress Hill, they decided they wanted to go another direction. Legend has it that legendary producer Rick Rubin urged the band to try out former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and the rest, as they say, is history. And, boy, was Mr. Rubin right; the band's three platinum albums also make them the only group on the list to come anywhere close to the success of their former bands.
Band: Pearl Jam
Biggest Hits: "Daughter," "Even Flow," "Jeremy"
In 1990, Mother Love Bone released their debut, Apple, via Mercury records. Just four months later, singer Andy Wood died after overdosing on heroin. Formed in the wake of the Wood's death, Pearl Jam proved to be more than Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament's rebound project. Much more, in fact, far eclipsing their contemporaries, and selling over 60 million records worldwide.
Band: Turbo Fruits
Biggest Hit: "Get Up Get On Down (Tonite)"
What started out as the slightly more masculine alter-ego of Be Your Own Pet went from being the sideproject of BYOP guitarist Jonas Stein and drummer John Eatherly to their main focus in 2008 when frontwoman Jemina Pearl began focusing on her solo career.
*Bonus Band: Polyphonic Spree
Biggest Hit: "Light & Day/Reach for the Sun"
Local band Tripping Daisy effectively ended in 1999 when guitarist Wes Berggren died of a drug overdose. Soon after, the band's remaining members (and a couple of dozen newbies) emerged in their signature white robes and groundbreaking new big symphonic sound. Admittedly, this one didn't really have anything to do with a singer switcheroo. But who's counting?
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