This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of bands that reached success thanks to a major lineup change.
As pointed out, the roster change didn't have to be the only factor that caused success, but certainly had to be among the crucial ones. We received quite a few votes and over 400 comments, all of which were summed up into a lengthy Top 30 rundown.
Before kicking things off, honorable mentions include The Police, Jethro Tull, Between the Buried and Me, Black Flag, Yes, Corrosion of Conformity, Helloween, Avenged Sevenfold, and Amorphis.
With all that stuff out of the way, you can check out the full list below.
30. The Dillinger Escape Plan
In 2001, vocalist Greg Puciato joined Dillinger Escape Plan, becoming a crucial ingredient in turning the Dillinger boys in what they are today.
Although Tool's 1993 debut album "Undertow" - featuring bassist Paul D'Amour - features several of the band's early classics, it was only with the arrival of Justin Chancellor in 1995 that the band reached the next plateau both in terms of sonic attack and commercial success.
When people think Journey, they often think Steve Perry and his vocals. But the band was actually founded back in 1973, and Steve only joined in 1977.
Before 1975, Eagles had four studio efforts under their belt and were already a successful act. But that was also the year when Joe Walsh joined on guitar, and in as early as 1976 the band unveiled "Hotel California," the record that propelled them straight to rock 'n' roll superstardom.
When they were founded in 1995, Slipknot didn't feature Corey Taylor on vocals, but a guy named Anders Colsefni. Corey joined in 1997, just in time for nu-metal explosion.
25. Arch Enemy
Founded in 1996, Arch Enemy reached the next level only upon hiring Angela Gossow as lead vocalist in 2000.
Anthrax were founded in 1981 by Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. Before Joey Belladonna joined on vocals in 1984, the band had not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE singers - John Connelly, Dirk Kennedy, Jason Rosenfeld, Tommy Wise, and most notably Neil Turbin, who sang on the band's early-1984 debut "Fistful of Metal." As of 1984, the band became a stable unit and finally entered their classic era.
UG user Draconis93 explained: "Jens (the singer) used to play guitar and do vocals for the band, but after the first album, he went straight to vocals only, allowing the band to pick up another guitarist in Marten Haagstrom. They just would not be the same if it wasn't for that."
22. The Yardbirds
MrDawson explained: "Eric Clapton first replaced by Jeff Beck then Jimmy Page, went on to be a very influential band. It also gave birth to Led Zeppelin so that's a success in my book."
21. Van Halen
This one might be a bit debatable, but we'll allow it. On one hand, the David Lee Roth-era fetched a diamond certificate with "1984" album, but when Sammy Hagar arrived, the gang released four consecutive No. 1 albums...
A concise explanation from slapsymcdougal: "First album, Lemmy, Larry Wallis and Lucas Fox. Wallis and Fox out, Eddie Clarke and Philthy in, and you've got the 'classic' lineup, with their best selling albums."
19. In Flames
Founded in 1990, it took multiple lineup changes for In Flames to enter their classic era around 1998.
Sure, the Peter Gabriel-fronted Genesis released some of the ultimate masterpieces of prog rock, but the Phil Collins-fronted Genesis sold a boatload of albums...
17. Dream Theater
Dream Theater were founded in 1985, and already had three of their crucial members onboard - John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, and John Myung. Keyboardist Kevin Moore joined in 1986, but that wasn't enough for the band's classic era to commence. Before James LaBrie joined on vocals in 1991, the gang had three other singers in their roster: Chris Collins, Charlie Dominici - who sang on the band's 1989 debut album "When Dream and Day Unite," and Steve Stone.
Opeth were founded in 1990 by vocalist David Isberg. He asked a few other guys to join, including 16-year-old guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt who apparently said yes because they had a cool logo. David left in 1992, Mikael became the band's vocalist and mainman, and the rest is history.
15. Killswitch Engage
Founding Killswitch Engage vocalistJesse Leach left the band after their second album, then Howard Jones stepped in and the band reached the next level. Years later, Jesse returned to the gang.
In 1981, Pantera was born, with Dimebag Darrel on guitar, his brother Vinnie Paul on drums, Donnie Heart on vocals (formally, he was only in the band for rehearsals), Terry Glaze on rhythm guitar, and Tommy Bradford on bass. Doonie soon left and Terry took over the vocals, while Rex Brown replaced Tommy on bass. This was the beginning of glam Pantera, which went on to release three albums. In 1986, Phil Anselmo joined, but the boys were still not classic Pantera. They released an album called "Power Metal" in 1988, and then finally made the earth really tremble with 1991's "Cowboys From Hell."
13. Deep Purple
Deep Purple were founded in 1968, featuring Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, bassist Nick Simper, and vocalist Rob Evans. They released three albums before hiring Roger Glover on bass and Ian Gillan on vocals in 1969. In 1970, they released "In Rock"...
Before hiring Dave Grohl in 1990, Nirvana had five different drummers come and go through their roster - Dale Crover, Dave Foster, Chad Channing, and Dan Peters.
Blink-182 were founded in 1992, but it was only in 1998 with the addition of Travis Barker on drums that the band hit the big time.
10. Queens Of The Stone Age
As MrDawson stated, though Queens of the Stone Age have the lineup changes with every album, having Dave Grohl join on the "Songs for the Deaf" album on drums in 2002 participated to this album's massive success.
9. The Beatles
Pete Best out, Ringo Starr in, classic Beatles born...
Ron McGovney out, Cliff Burton in... also, Dave Mustaine out, Kirk Hammett in...
7. Fleetwood Mac
While the Peter Green-fronted Fleetwood Mac did release some quality tunes since the band's formation in 1967, it was only in 1974 with the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks that the band exploded as one of the best-selling acts of all time.
6. Faith No More
On their first two albums, Faith No More featured vocalist Chuck Mosley. Then, Mike Patton arrived and things changed for good...
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers
Anthony Kiedis and Flea were there from the start, but so were two dudes name Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons. It took two more guitarists and two more drummers, but Chad Smith and John Frusciante were in the band by 1988...
First of all, replacing Dave Evans with Bon Scott, but then also hiring Brian Johnson after Bon's death...
3. Pink Floyd
Replacing Syd Barrett with David Gilmour proved to be a crucial step in Pink Floyd ultimately becoming one of the greatest bands of all time...
The very first Rush lineup in 1968 featured Alex Lifeson, bassist/vocalist Jeff Jones, and drummer John Rutsey. Within weeks, Jeff was out and Geddy was in, and then six years late John was also out and Neil Peart was in, and that was it.
1. Iron Maiden
Before Paul Di'Anno, Iron Maiden had two other vocalists - Paul Day and Dennis Wilcock. Dave Murray wasn't the first Maiden guitarist either, as two guys named Dave Sullivan and Terry Rance were there before him. Nicko McBrain was far from the band's first drummer, and so was Clive Burr, as three other dudes were there first - Ron Matthews, Doug Sampson, and a guy named Thunderstick. Steve Harris was there all along, though. Needless to say, when Bruce Dickinson joined the band, Maiden exploded with "The Number of the Beast."
And that wraps it up! Hope y'all enjoyed the ride, stay tuned until next week for another edition of WQ!