“Be Soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Kurt Vonnegut
I’ve been thinking about all of the bands I listen to and that I love. I can’t get over a lot of music. Once as I get into one band, I’m stuck for a few years. I always move on. It always happens, but that doesn’t mean that once as I get out of one genre of music, I don’t like it anymore. After already spending almost five years into the whole rock and three years into the metal scene. I’ve felt more like myself, but I always know I’ll move onto another genre. I don’t plan on it, it just happens. So I started thinking of all these bands that are recently losing members and trying to find replacements. Some of these missing members, never plan on changing their minds. It just happens. That’s what life does. It changes us and it takes us to the next thing we need to do for ourselves. Others may not understand, but I’ve realized over the years that nobody knows what it feels like, until they’ve lived it too. Now I don’t like how some of the bands I like are changing their lineups, but that can be a good thing though. We don’t know it yet, but it really could.
Here are two bands that changed up their lineups a few times. Everybody knows the bands I’m talking about, so fans, work with me for a second. Guns ‘N Roses and Motley Crue have changed members. Motley Crue changed lead singers and drummers. John Corabi replaced Vince Neil in 1992, but Vince came back as their lead singer in 1997. Randy Castillo replaced Tommy Lee after he left in 1999. Tommy did eventually come back to Motley Crue. I think every fan of a big band such as Motley Crue would like the original lineup to get back together. We know we’re going to have to pray a little harder for a reunion between the original members of Guns ‘N Roses. Since Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Gilby Clarke (who replaced Izzy Standin) and Matt Sorum (who replaced Steven) all went to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. I know a lot of people were mad that both Axl and Izzy didn’t go. I haven’t listened to them that long and I even wanted them to go. So I was mad too. I’ve met a lot of friends who like the “classic” lineup and the “new” lineup as well. Honestly, I’m the type of person who can’t get over the original. I was taught be original instead of wanting to be a copy.
There are a few bands right now changing around. There are even two bands who no longer have their original singers in the band, but have replacements going on tour together. A couple of months ago, Flyleaf announced to their fans that lead singer Lacey Sturm resigned from the band. They announced their replacement singer Kristen May the same day and did a secret show in Texas as Kristen’s first show as Flyleaf’s lead singer. The band that is going on tour with them is Drowning Pool and I was listening to the radio and before they played their new song, the announcer said the singer on the track was their fourth singer. Just to be a replacement as the lead singer, would scare the living hell out of me. I don’t think I would want to be a replacement lead singer, no matter how bad I should take the offer. You never know how well you’re going to mesh with the rest of the band or the fans. Take the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish as an example. The band fired original singer Tarja Turunen in 2005. Swedish singer Anette Olzon came in 2007, she departed from the band in October of last year. Former After Forever and ReVamp singer Floor Jensen took over Anette’s place during the rest of the “Imginaerum” tour. She has expressed on not wanting to stay in Nightwish. Which means they will have to find another singer to take her place. To me, that’s just crazy and I wouldn’t want to look for another singer.
Recently, I went on my Facebook newsfeed to find that the band My Darkest Days had announced that lead guitarist Sal Coz Costa was leaving the band. Sal confirmed on his Facebook page that it was true and that he had expressed that he has always told his fans to follow their hearts and dreams, and he felt that he wasn’t following his, so that was his reason. A few days after the departure of Sal, it was announced that Adam Gontier was quitting Three Days Grace. The band put on their Facebook page that they got a letter that stated that Adam was quitting the band because of a “non-threatening health issue.” The band had announced that instead of cancelling the upcoming tour this year, that My Darkest Days’ lead singer Matt Walst (whose is Brad Walst’s younger brother) was replacing Adam for the US tour. Matt has expressed feelings that he will not become Three Days Grace’s permanent lead singer. So two bands in similar positions, two different members leaving their bands and moving on to something new. One, handling it well, as telling the fans honestly what’s going on. The other is holding back and kind of acting shady. That’s my opinion of it though.
Change is good. A lot of people can’t stand it, but it can happen and become something good. Like, Slash, Duff, and Steven all have other bands they’ve been working with and doing very good with them. Motley Crue just celebrated their anniversary of being together for 32 years. Lacey Sturm is working on her book and has been writing songs. She is also pregnant again too. Kristen May is going to release a EP soon too. Tarja Turunen is working on her new album and I found out a couple of days ago she’s a new mom. Anette Olzon has recently announced that she is pregnant and will be giving birth in the spring. She has said on her blog that she is working on her solo album too. Sal has expressed on his Facebook page that he has been writing songs and been working with different bands. Adam Gontier was involved in the benefit concert for those still affected by Hurricane Sandy as a solo artist. So we’re upset about a small change in a lineup. I think we should be kind of thankful any of our favorite bands have disbanded at all. Just think how sad we’d all be then. Something to think about.