It is a truth, unversally acknowledged, that rock ‘n’ roll is full of peaks and pitfalls; and that band members come and go through pop’s revolving door of time. Some musicians are replaced out of necessesity (such as those who fall victim to drugs or alcohol, or those who choose to persue other opportunities), whilst some are ousted unceremoneously at inopportune momements, just as they’re driving out of the car dealer’s in their brand new Ferrari.
When Brian Jones left the Stones, they carried on under that moniker. But what if Mick had left the band in the 1980s? Would you still go and see Keith, Charlie, Ronnie and [Guest Singer] perform as The Rolling Stones? If George Harrison had quit the Beatles in 1968 and been replaced by Eric Clapton, would you accept the changeover without quarrel? If Chris Difford left Squeeze and Glenn Tilbrook carried on performing as the band, would you care? What if it was the other way round?
There are bands that have always had leaders, and they are often the songwriter(s)/singer (The Smiths – Morrissey/Marr, Oasis (Noel and Liam) and The Jam (Paul Weller) – If these bands reformed without any of those people present, you’d feel a bit cheated, surely?
So, who would have to leave a band, or be absent from a reformed band, for you to no longer consider them as such?