The Best Lineup Changes in Rock Part 2
There’s no doubt about it: AC/DC just won’t be rattled. After the sad passing of Bon Scott in 1980, the band continued to blast out their own style of metallic blues for years, and successfully so. Angus Young and the rest not only continued, they recruited Brian Jonson, who was very similar to Scott himself. They delivered ‘Back in Black’, which paid tribute to Scott, as well as offering such huge hits as ‘You Shook me All Night Long’. At one point, in fact, it was the second-biggest album of all-time. Johnson is still the band’s frontman as AC/DC continues to perform one classic to the next.
The Yardbirds were fortunate enough to have had three of rock history’s greatest guitarists. When superstar Eric Clapton left the group for the blues, he offered a suggestion that he be replaced by none other than Jimmy Page. Page was too busy being a session payer, however, so he recommended Jeff Beck instead. Just one year later, Page was asked to join the band on bass. He accepted before becoming the co-lead guitarist with Beck. The band inspired numerous great hard rock acts, and in 1968, became Led Zeppelin.
These titans of hard rock must have had a revolving door hidden away somewhere. During their initial 1968-76 run, the band offered four different lineups, each with its own sound: from Rod Evans’ prog group to Ian Gillan’s pioneering proto metal to David Coverdale’s boogieing hard rock. Ian Paice is the one founding member still performing with the band, with the drummer part of the band’s eighth line-up.
When one of the greatest singers in all of rock leaves your band, you’d think it would be all but over. When you’re Small Faces, however, you simply go out and find another one. When singer Steve Marriott dramatically left a New Year’s Eve performance and formed the band Humble Pie with Peter Frampton, his ex-bandmates stole two members of the Jeff Beck Group: Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart. As the two new recruits were taller than their bandmates, the band changed its name from Small Faces to Faces. There was another key change, with the mod pop act turning into something more rough, ragged, and rock ’n’ roll. Plenty of punks took notice.
When tasked with replacing a member of your band who’s a guitar legend, as well as being held the reason for the band’s name, you might be tempted to walk away from it all. After Duane Allman tragically passed away in 1971, at just 24 years of age, the band was really finding itself. But Dickey Betts and Duane’s brother Gregg carried on regardless. They recorded the landmark album, ‘Eat a Peach’, and a short time after released two of the bands’s most iconic hits, ‘Jessica’ and ‘Ramblin’ Man’. The band didn’t recruit a new guitarist until they reunited in 1978. Lineups have included such great guitarists as Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, who continue to pay tribute to the late Skydog.