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#1
Alright UG, help me out here. A couple days ago, I was talking to a friend of mine about the unfortunate passing of The Rev. This led to a discussion about whether he could be replaced in Avenged Sevenfold or not, which led to a discussion about how dispensable a drummer is in general.

Being that my friend is a drummer, he understandably feels that a drummer is the most irreplaceable person in a band. I don't think that's true, but he asked me to name a successful band that had replaced the drummer at some point and I couldn't...

So then I ask you, what are some bands that have replaced the drummer and gained/maintained success afterwards?

(NOTE: It doesn't have to be someone who was kicked out Dave Mustaine-style, it can be someone who was replaced because they left willingly, died, kidnapped, etc.)
#2
Guns N Roses replaced steven adler before the illusion albums and nickelback replaced their drummer with the 3 doors down drummer
#4
Iron Maiden

Clive Burr was replaced by Nicko McBrain.
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The drummer before Dave Mcclain left in Machine Head
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#10
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Iron Maiden

Clive Burr was replaced by Nicko McBrain.


I was gonna say this.

And The Beatles. Although, that was before any fame...
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Guns N' Roses

My Chemical Romance

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#12
Queens of the Stone Age have had loads of drummers, doesn't seem to have done them much harm.
#14
Blink 182, Bad religion (twice)

the real question should be who replaced their singer and still went on being successful
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#15
although mainstream they are very successful.. My Chemical Romance

and the used.. and rancid.
#16
You cant ever really replace any band member without there being some changes, since no two people are alike, so they treat their instrument different.
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#20
Nirvana went through a bunch of drummers after Bleach was released before they settled on Grohl to help record Nevermind.

And I think Pearl Jam has been through a few.
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#23
It depends on the style of the band. A band like Nickelback could replace their drummer easily, as he is in no way unique. Bands where the drummer's style is more noticeable, like most prog bands, could not replace their drummer as easily. A notable exception to this is The Mars Volta. They're a prog band who changed their drummer with seemingly no ill effects in terms of the quality of music. Sometimes it doesn't matter; sometimes the bands sound changes noticeably. But a change of sound is not always a bad thing.

Maybe Nickelback should consider changing their drummer....
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#25
Also, the most irreplaceable person in a band is the vocalist in 99% of cases. This is because, unlike when you change guitarist/bassist/drummer/whoever, a band with a different vocalist will sound different no matter what.
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#29
Stone Sour. Roy Mayorga replaced Joel Ekman in 2006.

Also, Slayer. Lombardo has always been their best drummer but they did some pretty good stuff in his absence too.
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#32
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AC/DC have changed drummer many times and still, they rock!

Yes, and I wish they would have been able to keep Chris Slade. I love Rudd, but his drumming is boring after a while.
#33
There are quite a lot of bands in which the drummer has changed frequently, The Cure, Cradle of Filth, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost have had multiple different drummers and they've all still carried on as normal.

It depends on the band though. For example, after Kami, the drummer from Malice Mizer died, the bands entire sounds became incredibly dark because his death, and they split up soon afterwards, so it kinda depends on the band.
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The Beatles...
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Have they replaced him yet?


no they'd be crazy to. I was just making a poor attempt at a joke
#38
Republic of Loose.
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#40
Megadeth. One of my favorite artists, Buckethead, occasionally doesn't even use a drummer.
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