10 Bands Who Didn’t Let the Death of a Key Member Stop Them From Reuniting

Nothing stops rock’n’roll, not even death. Over the years, countless bands have come together despite the loss of one or more key members – some more successfully than others. These are 10 of the most high-profile bands to reunite despite being a man or two – not the bands that immediately replaced a terminally ill member, but the ones that left them years or even decades before picking up where they left off.

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This was the reunion everyone wanted to see…until it was actually announced. Turns out a lot of people think it might not be such a good idea for surviving members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown to reunite as Pantera without the late guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. . Still, Anselmo and Brown have enlisted a solid backup pair in Anthrax’s Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante for the (sort of) 2023 reunion tour. Will it work? We will come back to you next year.

Chained Alice

A classic example of how to rise from the ashes of a tragedy. The grunge heavyweights had been inactive for years before the death of reclusive singer Layne Staley in 2002. So any reservations that fellow survivors decided to revive the band in 2006 with replacement vocalist William DuVall were offset by the fact that it was so good. recirculate Alice In Chains. Far from tarnishing their stellar legacy, the three albums they’ve released since have instead added to it, with Duvall proving to be his own man.


Weird that one. Four years after vocalist and guitarist Wayne Static died in 2014, original Static-X bassist Tony Campos, drummer Ken Jay and guitarist Koichi Fukuda have announced that they plan to record an album of unreleased songs with a band. of guest singers including Burton C Bell and David. Draiman. Cool. But fans were blindsided by the fact that the trio decided to hit the road as Static-X, featuring a mysterious singer calling himself Xero (rumored to be Edsel Dope of Dope) whose stuff was that he wore a mask that made him look like…Wayne Static. The tour was a hit, but it was still scary as hell.

Stone Temple Drivers

Scott Weiland was one of the most charismatic singers of the last 30 years, but that didn’t stop the rest of the Stone Temple Pilots from replacing him twice – first with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington after Weiland bailed out the band in 2011, and then with former The X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt two years after Weiland’s drug-related death in December 2015. not take place.


The Santa Barbara band Snot was in full swing when singer Lynn Strait and her dog Dobbs were fatally boned on the south lane of the 101 Freeway in December 1998, leaving behind a single self-titled album. Two reunions followed, the first in the late 200s with future Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext, the second half a decade later with a certain Carl Bensley, neither of whom set the world on fire. Wikipedia says they’re still in business with four out of five classical lineup members involved, but it’s very quiet there.


Black metal pioneers weathered the death of vocalist Per ‘Dead’ Ohlin in 1991, only to be derailed when session bassist/Burzum mainman/goose-stepping wankpuffin Varg ‘Count Grishnackh’ Vikernes murdered guitarist Oystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth in 1993. The original bassist Necrobutcher’s decision to reactivate the band two years later was surprising given the death toll, but he’s led Mayhem over the past quarter-century without incurring more deaths.


The death of Germs singer Darby Crash in 1980 at the age of 22 from a heroin overdose ended the short career of the LA punk pioneers. This live-fast-die-young approach was preserved for 25 years, until actor Shane West quit playing Crash in the 2005 biopic Germs. What we do is secret to face the reunited group on a series of tours of the United States. Given the inverse relationship between their lack of success the first time around and their later influence on the generation of punk rockers, it’s hard to blame them for the late victory lap.


Who knows if death mastermind Chuck Schuldiner would have reignited death metal’s groundbreaking icons if he hadn’t succumbed to cancer in 2001. More than a decade later, a bunch of his former bandmates took the decision for him, reuniting to tour under the name Death For All. It might have been a gross cash-in, except former members Gene Hoglan, Sean Reinert, Paul Masdival and Steve DiGiorgio were doing it to keep the memory of their deceased comrade alive rather than to rake the dough.


They might have been Britain’s Mercyful Fate, but cult 80s metallers Hell were killed when the label they signed to spent less than two weeks before they were due to record their debut album. The band reunited in the late 2000s with Hell fanboy/production assistant Andy Sneap on guitar, but sadly without original vocalist/guitarist Dave Halliday, who died by suicide in 1987. New vocalist Dave Bower – brother of longtime guitarist/keyboardist Kev Bower – made the band’s heritage proud, releasing two terrific albums in 2011 Human remains and 2013 Curse and Chapter.


After the death of the seemingly irreplaceable Freddie Mercury in 1991, even guitarist Brian May and Roger Taylor thought Queen was history. Fast forward 20 years and an unhappy union with former Free singer Paul Rodgers, and the pair have teamed up with former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert for a revamped version of the group. Even the most entrenched skeptic was won over by the new boy’s Mercury-level wattage, as well as his refusal to be a tribute version of his predecessor. The queens are just as big now as they were the first time around, so yeah, it turned out pretty well.

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