20 Bands That Never Changed Their Members

Bands with no lineup changes.

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20 Bands That Never Changed Their Members
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Lineup changes are very common among the rock bands through their careers for many reasons: from "personal differences" and different music tastes to such tragic causes as injuries or even death.

But there are some really rare bands without any lineup changes since the day of its foundation. So we have prepared a special list of 20 bands that never changed their members, feeling each other through their history.

NOTE:

  • only rock/metal bands (no pop bands, hip-hop, etc);
  • no short-lived bands, who released only one or two albums;
  • no recently formed bands;
  • no supergroups (Cream, Chickenfoot, The Raconteurs, Audioslave, The Dead Weather, etc);
  • no one man bands;
  • no duos.

Honorable mentions:

  • A-ha
  • Ampere
  • Animal Collective
  • Beat Happening
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Circa Survive
  • Doves
  • Elbow
  • Enter Shikari
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • Fun.
  • Hot Water Music
  • Macabre
  • Monster Truck
  • Oomph!
  • Ride
  • Silverchair
  • TESA
  • The 1975
  • The Bravery
  • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • The Script
  • The Subways
  • The Wombats
  • Tokio Hotel
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • White Lies
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs

And here's the actual list!

20. If These Trees Could Talk

An instrumental 5-piece post-rock band from Akron, Ohio, If These Trees Could Talk were formed in 2005 and since that time their lineup didn't see any changes.

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19. Ben Folds Five

Since their formation in 1993 and until their final hiatus in 2013 Ben Folds Five always were a trio, consisting of Ben Folds, Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee.

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18. dredg

Dredg, experimental/alternative rock band Los Gatos, California, existed from 1993 to 2014 without any lineup changes. The name Dredg comes from the initials of the band members put together by the band's leader Drew Roulette: [DR] (Drew Roulette) [E] (Mark Engles) [D] (Dino Campanella) [G] (Gavin Hayes).

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17. MONO

MONO, the most known post-rock band from Japan, have a constant lineup of 4 band members since their formation in 1999.

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16. The Cardigans

The Cardigans, Swedish 5-piece alternative rock band, were formed in 1992, with the lineup remaining unchanged to this day.

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15. The Bats

New Zealand rock band The Bats were formed in 1982, and through their more than 35 years career they're still the same 4-piece consisting of Paul Kean (bass), Malcolm Grant (drums), Robert Scott (lead vocals/rhythm guitar/keyboards) and Kaye Woodward (lead guitar/vocals).

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14. Dir En Grey

Dir En Grey, Japanese avant-garde metal band, were formed in 1997, and their lineup remains consistent since its inception.

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13. Alter Bridge

Following Creed's disbandment in 2004, former members Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips began working with vocalist Myles Kennedy, formerly of The Mayfield Four, and since that time the lineup of Alter Bridge remains unchanged.

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12. The Strokes

The Strokes were formed back in 1998, and since that time all 5 band members stay together.

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11. Hüsker Dü

Hüsker Dü, influential American hardcore punk/alternative rock band, existed from 1979 to 1988, with the band's continual members were guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton, and drummer/vocalist Grant Hart.

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10. Kings of Leon

Though working with some live/touring musicians, Kings of Leon's official and constant lineup consists of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin Matthew Followill, since 1999.

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9. Guano Apes

German alternative rock band Guano Apes were formed in 1994, and since that their lineup remains unaltered and consists of Sandra Nasić (vocals), Henning Rümenapp (guitars), Stefan Ude (bass) and Dennis Poschwatta (drums).

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8. Thrice

Thrice, cult post-hardcore/alternative rock, were formed in 1998, and since that all 4 members are the same: Dustin Kensrue, Teppei Teranishi, Eddie Breckenridge and Riley Breckenridge.

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7. Garbage

Since their formation in 1993, Garbage consist of Shirley Manson (lead vocals) Duke Erikson (bass, rhythm guitar, keyboards), Steve Marker (lead guitar), and Butch Vig (drums), with all four members being involved in songwriting and production.

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6. Coldplay

Officially formed in 1998, Coldplay's lineup remains unchanged during all these years and includes Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion.

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5. Muse

Muse were formed back in 1994, and their lineup consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboards) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion) since that.

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4. U2

After changing the band's name to "U2" in 1978, the group's lineup remains unchanged for almost 40 (!) years and includes Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.

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3. Rage Against the Machine

Since their formation in 1991 and until the hiatus in 2011, RATM's lineup is a powerful 4-piece, consisting of rapper/vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist/backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk.

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2. Rammstein

Rammstein were formed back in 1994, and throughout its more than 20 years existence, their six-man lineup has remained unchanged: singer Till Lindemann, guitarists Richard Z. Kruspe and Paul H. Landers, bassist Oliver "Ollie" Riedel, drummer Christoph "Doom" Schneider and keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz.

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1. Radiohead

Formed in 1985 as On a Friday, the band changed their name to Radiohead in 1991 after the label's request. And after more than 30 years of constant experimenting and playing music together, Radiohead's lineup remains unchanged and consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Ed O'Brien (guitar, backing vocals), Colin Greenwood (bass), and Phil Selway (drums, percussion, backing vocals).

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Know more rock/metal bands that never changed their members? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.

163 comments sorted by best / new / date

    RufusThomasIV
    ZZ Top.  Clutch.  
    jpguitar34
    "technically" Dusty and Frank aren't original members of ZZ Top. They each replaced someone early in the career of the band
    RufusThomasIV
    Yeah, I did my research AFTER I posted and couldn't edit the post.  
    robert.cooze.9
    The funny thing about the tree past members, Is that only in resent times that they have been acknowledged or added in to the official history. In 1987 when they toured in my part of the world for the first time much was made that they have been the same lineup since 1969 when they started. Now much of what was said then and for the longest time was part of there management. Currently Billy well Tall tales based off the parts of the truth come to mind I suppose it is all part of the mystery of ZZ Top. Any How I have My Eliminator (early pressing) signed by them, when they where here in '87.  
    leo4sf
    RnR Hall of Fame considers albums as benchmarks, and I think that is fair. It meant that Mustaine isnt an original member of Metallica and Frank and Dusty are original members of ZZ top. 
    N-D
    ZZ Top - technically Billy Gibbons is the only original member - they have 2 other bassists and one drummer before. And about Clutch -  technically Mick Schauer was their official keyboards player from 2005 to 2008. 
    RufusThomasIV
    Right.  I guess that technically wasn't the same lineup, but the same 4 guys are still together that started the band 26 years ago.  They had to be mentioned.
    theman6
    Shouldn't U2 be first? They remained together the longest from what I can see Nice list nonetheless
    Rajah
    Good point. If you check on Wikipedia they had 2 other members, but the same 4 have always been there, and it's been the same 4 that have recorded every album they've done, dating back to 1980. If U2 make the list then ZZ Top are a little stiff to miss out, they've had the same recording lineup since 1971. 
    dnarcissi
    ....Led Zeppelin?
    bogdan18
    Maybe it's about Chris Dreja when we talk about Zepp. New Yardbirds, Led Zepp... that piece of history...
    IronWorkhorse
    Mastodon? Eric Saner left the band, but he was never replaced, and he wasn't on any of their official albums. Same four guys.
    N-D
    But he was the band's original member who later left the band...
    IronWorkhorse
    But he wasn't. Mastodon was formed when Troy Sanders and Brent Hinds met Bill Kelliher and Brann Dailor. The four of them formed the band, and later recruited Saner for a brief period. He didn't contribute anything in terms of writing to the best of my knowledge. Mastodon is and always has been the same original four members, really.
    Anjohl
    Though my definition of the the term differs significantly, shouldnt Alter Bridge be considered a "supergroup"?
    Yabba Who
    The Alice Cooper Band Formed in 1964, it was the same 5 guys from their inception in a garage during their high school years until they disbanded in 1974 following multiple sold-out world tours.
    Spinnerweb
    I love them so much, but I think they didn't make the list because Alice's solo band might be brought into conaideration. I can't wait for their new album tho, can you?
    Starkiller83
    What about Megadeth?????
    KosherRider
    Interesting thought. The Dave Mustaine Experience must be at least in honorable mentions.
    BentheScrivener
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    BentheScrivener · Apr 06, 2017 02:13 PM
    DrewMeyer
    There's always someone who's gotta come and say this anytime Radiohead is mentioned. What pleasure do you get out of it?
    qrEE
    Macabre. Didn't expect them on the list but every album of theirs includes the phrase "Macabre is and always has been" followed by the names of their three members. They've been around since 1983 or so too, so they're one of the longest running examples.
    N-D
    Wow, you're right! The same 3 members since 1984!..
    DrPhilup
    I can't believe Clutch is not on the list. They have been together since '91 and are still going full force.
    N-D
    Technically Mick Schauer was their official keyboards player from 2005 to 2008.
    mookieb
    The Smiths had a line up change; Andy was fired and replaced by Craig Gannon but was quickly reinstated so Craig switched to rhythm guitar and the band became a five piece, touring and recording (including the singles Ask and Panic) before Craig left and the band returned to four
    N-D
    Yes, you're right, my band - thanks for mentioning it!
    Rbastid
    I can understand Coldplay and RAtM, bands so insufferable even Axel Rose looks down on them. As @TheMan6 said above, I think a band like U2 should be #1 easily, as they've been the same band for all those years. Others are also here on a technicality, such as RAtM, where sure that band had the same members for years, but only because they changed their name when they changed their lead singer, same with Alter Bridge, the only reason those bands never changed members was because of who owned the copyright. The Smiths are pretty much in that same boat too, but in their case Morrissey just toured under his own name while doing 90% Smiths' songs.
    Rbastid
    I'd like to also nominate Queens of the Stone Age for your next list of "Bands with over 2,000 members in their lifetime" 
    woody182
    No RATM didn't just change their name. They were a complete new band with their own songs and styles. It wasn't rap rock.
    XcessFiber
    GREEN DAY
    smittyanthrax
    The drummer isn't an original member.
    zack2k
    If there's a loyal tour member line up Jason White should be in the list.
    Napalm7
    John Kiffmeyer aka Al Sobrante was the original drummer. Tre' Cool was drumming for The Lookouts and was offered to Green Day.
    cnscfhcc
    Rush
    aaronangus
    Their first album has a different drummer. Neil Pert isn't an original member
    Rohlikator
    No System of a Down? Wow.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    At least make sure your suggestion is correct before suggesting it.  
    Rohlikator
    Yep, next time I will I was pretty sure they heavent changed lineup ever. Put my handbrake just a second before mentioning Mastodon too You can imagine that shitstorm I would get for it.
    N-D
    Their original drummer was Andy Khachaturian - John Dolmayan joined the band only in 1997.
    Rohlikator
    Realy? Had no clue they changed their lineup and was kinda lazy to google it and honestly pretty sure about that no-lineup-change thing Thank you for clearing that out for me.
    Arthurman
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    Arthurman · Apr 06, 2017 07:30 AM
    Rohlikator
    Kind words sir, realy. I feel honored that I have met someone who never make mistake and is certainly not dumb at all Have a nice day.
    cnscfhcc
    Aerosmith
    aaronangus
    Ray Tabano was their original 2nd guitarist before Brad Whitford. Then the 80s album Rock in a Hard Place had two different guitarist's because Joe Perry and Brad had quit. They did eventually come back and the most famous lineup is still together but jrue'be had some changes.
    Charrua
    What? No Guns and Roses?
    FMVG96
    What about Megadeth?
    eatfresh1736
    Megadeth has never changed a single member. Dave Mustaine has been there from the start. Oh, the other guys are just session players.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Then why do they do live shows as well if they're JUST session players?
    Pucky87
    I feel that The Cars should have been included as an honorable mention. Their original run from 76 - 88 had the same 5 people. And when they reformed in 2010, they did not replace the deceased Benjamin Orr.
    Velcro Man
    No Led Zeppelin? The fuck?  And no, the Yardbirds doesn't count.
    bogdan18
    Jason Bonham.
    Velcro Man
    Jason Bonham was never a member of the band. Session musicians don't count, otherwise most bands on the list would be exempt because of background singers, people to play odd instruments and so on.
    cbx47
    Coldplay started in 98'? Wow they found success quite fast, I thought they were older
    Wildmen
    lamb of god lineup is constant, though there was no willie adler in burn the priest, but does the renaming count?
    the_bi99man
    The word "unchangeable" is used like a dozen times in this list, in context where "unchanged" is clearly the word that was meant.
    Eifler121
    The Yeah Yeah Yeah's​ have had way more of an impact than several of these bands. Dredge had one song with very limited success, if any success worth remarking. Alter Bridge is also essentially a lineup change, in and of itself. It's Creed, you guys just get to feel all cozy by acting like it's somehow not. If Nickleback suddenly had John Doe suddenly singing for them, it's still Nickleback.
    Absolute Rock-O
    What about Billy Talent? I know that someone else is playing the drums for him because of his MS relapse, but he still seems to be considered a part of the band, right?
    CMepTb
    Wait, Dredg disbanded? And here I am waiting for new material...
    CMWChris
    They'll start writing new material soon. Check out the Podcast "Ink & Echo", they had Drew as well as Mark on the show and both confirmed a new album
    N-D
    Unfortunately yes... But Mark Engles started a new band called Black Map - you may like them too
    QuestioningKate
    Why did you only include rock/metal bands?
    N-D
    Because it's easier to create such list But any suggestions will be appreciated)
    bogdan18
    "ultimate-guitar.com"... this name doesn't tell you anything? Of course, we have Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and all the stuff like that, one man and the laptop... but I think the laptop is changed from time to time, so I consider this is a line-up change