Genesis: Originally fronted by Peter Gabriel. If he envisioned what the band would be like with the former drummer, Phil Collins, fronting it then he was right to leave. I hate Genesis. My dad keeps saying that he heard Phil Collins was an Anti-Semite. He doesn’t know where he heard that and has no real reason to believe it, but in his mind Phil Collins is an Anti-Semite. I think he’s just anti-humanity. Anyone who would release Su-su-sudio on the general public is an animal.
AC/DC: When Bon Scott died in 1980 most thought AC/DC was over. Then they hired Brian Johnson and recorded their biggest album (Back in Black) and their biggest hit (“You Shook Me All Night Long”). Now they had the advantage of still having their songwriters in the band, but its pretty remarkable that they can switch lead singers and actually do better.
Van Halen: David Lee Roth left, Sammy “Right Now” Haggar filled in. Van Halen makes my top 5 most overrated bands of all time, so I didn’t like them before or after. I think they were best with the dude from Extreme.
Depeche Mode: Depeche Mode was formed by Vince Clarke, but he left and the band became big after. The best of all the bands on this list.
Journey: Originally started by a dude in Satana they had a few lead singers before master scholckster Steve Perry. Including Rob Fleishman (not to be confused with Rob Fleishmann pictured in this post)
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The Beatles: OK, this is a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison. When the Beatles started George Harrison was too young to even get in the