By Ceedub13, Wikimedia Commons
AC/DC isn’t the only band to replace its original singer and maintain (or expand) its commercial success. While the difficult change has derailed countless artists — or, at the least, lessened their artistic credibility and relevance — the move has been a boon to others. Here are the most significant occasions wherein a substitute vocalist equaled or topped their predecessor.
David Gilmour, getting lost in a guitar solo. By Jean-Perre Jeannin, Wikimedia Commons, 2008
Bob Gendron is the associate editorial director at The Coda Collection. He has been obsessing over music, albums and audio ever since he landed a job at an indie record store at age 13. A longtime contributor to the Chicago Tribune and former Director of Communications at Music Direct, he spent 11 years as the Music Editor at The Absolute Sound and performed the same role for eight years at TONEAudio. Gendron is the author of “Gentlemen” (Bloomsbury) and a coauthor of “Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History” (Voyageur). His writing has also appeared in DownBeat, Rolling Stone, Revolver and other outlets.