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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Metal Bands that have changed lead vocalist June 28, 2014

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

There was something about Heavy Metal bands and line up changes. Like most genres Guitarists, Bassists and Drummers could change on a regular basis , but many Metal bands were able to change vocalists too! Few bands from other genres changed vocalists, oddly enough the only other genre with so many vocalists changes that I can think of was Traditional Irish influenced groups like De Dannan, The Moving Hearts and even The Pogues (although the Pogues change was a bit of a disaster). Dance genres tended to have guest vocalists.
Back in my youth there was some kudos in knowing that it was an Iron Maiden song in that Daley Thompson lucozade ad, not just that but it was on their first album and that the singer was different. I had a couple of their albums and would have listened to them a lot in my teens. They also had that issue that afflicted many bands especially Metal bands. . . . What was the best line up? ( or the definitive line up) Was Bruce Dickinson better than Paul Diano?
AC/DC were another band that changed vocalist, who was better Bon Scott or Brain Johnson?. Deep Purple and Black Sabbath have had umpteen lead vocalists over the years, Ian Gillan having spells with both. Others here include Judas Priest, Van Halen (yes I know!!) and Anthrax.

With Paul Dianno

Bruce Dickinson

Bon Scott

Brian Johnson

Ozzy Osbourne

Ian Gillan

Ronnie James Dio

Ian Gillan

David Coverdale

Rob Halford

Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens

Joey Belladona

John Bush

Dave Lee Roth

Sammy Hagar


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