Posted in music | tour dates on June 9, 2011

Michael Hutchence

INXS, complete with the guy who won his way into the band on vocals, are touring this summer and playing Wellmont Theater on August 3 (on sale now) and Beacon Theatre on August 4 (Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM).

In related news, Journey's ongoing tour brings them to Jones Beach this summer and "Sublime With Rome" are touring with 311 and playing the same Long Island venue.

In happier news, Joey Belladonna will in fact be back fronting Anthrax when they take the Yankee Stadium stage in September.

What's the most unfortunate example of a band replacing their lead singer instead of just breaking up?

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Comments (75)

Life of Agony replacing Keith Caputo with Whitfield Crane? That was pretty terrible.

As much as I like Michale Graves and those two albums, they weren't the Misfits.

Also, Sound of White Noise was great with John Bush, but it was a different band, not Anthrax.

The Sepultura experiment pretty much sucked without Max.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 5:29 PM

Van Halen (Gary Cherone)

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 5:32 PM

blues traveler with skinny john hopper

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 5:34 PM

The Undertones actually works, they were great at Punk Rock Bowling. However, Lords of the New Church actually tried to tour within the last few years a good number of years after Stiv died. That had to be bad and of course there's the Germs.

Posted by Andy | June 9, 2011 5:34 PM

LCD replacing Murphy with some Sabra (Garlic, but still).

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 5:34 PM

The Doors

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 5:36 PM

Dan Deacon replacing Dan Deacon.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 5:36 PM

Alice In Chains

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 5:39 PM

Nobody expects much from modern Santana, but "Black Magic Woman" with some Smashmouth-looking dude is surprisingly even worse than you expect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEMz2WUmnig

Bring back Gregg Rolie!

Posted by M | June 9, 2011 5:41 PM

The Doors by far, no competition.

Posted by Me | June 9, 2011 5:52 PM

Pink Floyd. Greedy b-tards should have thrown in the towel after waters left

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 5:54 PM

^^^you mean after Syd Barrett left

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 5:56 PM

Black Flag replacing Keith Morris with Henry Rollins.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 5:59 PM

Iron Maiden replacing Paul D'ianno with Bruce Dickinson.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:00 PM

Styx replacing Dennis DeYoung with that fruity Canadian guy.

Judas Priest replacing Ripper Owens with Rob Halford long after Halford's voice was shot.

Thin Lizzy replacing Phil Lynott with John Sykes.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:02 PM

definitely the Doors, no one can compare to Jim Morrison.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:02 PM

Black Sabbath replacing Ozzy with Dio.
Van Halen sucked without David Lee Roth.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:02 PM

Further Seems Forever replacing Chris Carrabba with Jason Gleason.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:07 PM

6:02, you are wrong twice.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:08 PM

^^^ about Sabbath and Van Halen.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:09 PM

anthrax has redeemed themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:11 PM

I would argue the doors actually got better (less awful) when they played without Morrison, but I don't not hate that music enough to really know the difference. Also, didn't the cars tour with Todd rundgren? I mean, I love TR and all but that just sounds like a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:19 PM

Dead Kennedys

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:22 PM

"^^you mean after Syd Barrett left"

Yes, those 1 and a half albums he did were really important

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:24 PM

Piper > Every other Pink Floyd record..
and I LOVE Pink Floyd.. Just saying.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:26 PM

Radiohead without question. There's not even an argument.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:28 PM

Pete Best being replaced by Ringo Starr was complete and utter bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:31 PM

ac/dc

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:38 PM

I saw the Bad Brains back in the day with a HR impersonator singing. It was terrible. It was when HR was still a force to be reckoned with and not the shadow of a front man that he is today. The crowd was not very pleased with the farce. ..

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:40 PM

"Alice In Chains"

YES!

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:44 PM

replacing joey with john in 'thrax was not a bad thing at all. however, we all know how the dan nelson experiment turned out. disgusting how they treated john.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:47 PM

ummm I would have to say Queen! Freddie Mercury RIP

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:51 PM

5:36, 5:56, 6:00, 6:02 (the third one), 6:22, 6:26: I agree.

5:59, 6:24 (assuming you were sarcastic): I disagree.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 6:52 PM

brooklyn vegan replacing chaos in tejas posts with other things.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 7:00 PM

Chicago

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 7:01 PM

austin replacing brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 7:09 PM

doug e doug replacing malcolm jamal warner on cosby. i mean, he was stellar in That Darn Cat, but jeeeeeeeez

i wish john candy would rise up and replace myers in the modern weepers

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 7:13 PM

Yes is touring without Jon Anderson. Blah.

Blind Melon.

Posted by The Mighty KC | June 9, 2011 7:23 PM

6:38 you beat me to it! hahah

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 7:23 PM

Black eyed peas replacing chickpeas. (in the hummus)

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 7:55 PM

I second Queen! NO ONE can replace Freddie!

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 8:16 PM

Metallica post-Black Album replacing Metallica pre-Black Album.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 8:34 PM

Hello, 10,000 maniacs. They just got worse, natalie merchant was their heart and she was their soul. Part it's just crap.

Oh and the gathering, but no one else cares about them anyway.

Posted by Constance | June 9, 2011 8:43 PM

This Springsteen cover band I saw in Long Island back in '05 got some spaghetti-head to recite lyircs to Movin' Out...that shit was bullshit, the Boss deserves better than some Sicilian creep blowin his jollies all over my good time. Fuck Brooklyn, Fuck NYC, I didn't start the fire!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 10:22 PM

The Strokes would be the best if they did.

Posted by Nikolai F. | June 10, 2011 12:00 AM

Spinal Tap's original drummer being replaced by one or two who died from spontaneous human combustion..and then there was Mick Fleetwood who almost joined Tap.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:53 AM

The Beatles replacing Paul McCartney with a look-a-like after McCartney died in an auto accident.

Or Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 4:52 AM

the undertones do NOT work without feargal sharkey, numbnuts. did you ever see the original lineup?

i didn't think so. i did, at the diplomat hotel in 1979, so i know what the fuck i'm talking about!

lead singers cannot be replaced and the band still be considered the same band (except a bono-less u2 would be a vast improvement).

and the only pink floyd stuff that matters is the stuff syd composed, played on and sang. even waters and gilmour know that. they've made their career milking syd.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 8:03 AM

who the hell is natasha stott despoja?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 8:04 AM

3-way tie:

Alice in Chains
Blind Melon
The Doors

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 8:12 AM

joy division

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 8:28 AM

the new cars with todd rundgren was pretty pathetic

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 8:41 AM

8:03, have you seen the new line up?

I'm not the one who posted first, but I was at that Hotel Diplomat show and also saw the Sharkey-less Undertones a few years back at the Knitting Factory. I would have preferred the original singer, obviously, but all in all I thought the Knit show was pretty great and "worked" - and I had serious doubts going in.

Agree on Floyd.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 8:52 AM

Dead Kennedys, Alice in Chains, Audioslave (Rage Against Chris Cornell), Black Sabbath, Van Halen (twice!), Pink Floyd (twice! Syd Barrett > Roger Waters), and doesn't Journey have a new singer?

Bruce Dickinson rules and I didn't even know the Doors did anything without Jim Morrison.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 9:40 AM

If it's opposite day, then Guns N' Roses

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 10:14 AM

Wilson Phillips after the fat chick went to go be the drummer in Best Coast.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 10:19 AM

8:52 - i respect your opinion, but no, i didn't or wouldn't see a sharkey-less undertones (just like i wouldn't see queen w/out freddie or dead kennedy's w/out jello). feragal sharkey's fragile yet firm tremolo vocals couldn't and shouldn't be replaced.

i guess i have no problem letting go of a band when the lead singer leaves. nine times out of ten the singer is one of, if not the most, integral components of the band's sound.

i was also a huge joy division fan, but new order didn't replace ian. they were a completely different band making new music. they didn't even play any JD songs until several years into their existence.

glad to see you agree about syd. waters is a pompous asshole but at least gilmour gives syd the props he deserves.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 11:00 AM

VAN HALEN, not VAN HAGAR

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 11:18 AM

Come on, Dio was pretty great as Ozzy's replacement. Heaven and Hell was a strong album for them. I ended up liking Dio better than Ozzy by the time Ronnie died.

David Gilmour sang the majority of Pink Floyd songs, but I still agree they should have quit when Waters left. Those post-Waters albums suck.

Replacing Layne Staley with anybody is unforgiveable. I refuse to have anything to do with the so-called Alice In Chains that is making the rounds today.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 11:36 AM

Layne said before he died that the other guys in AIC were not his friends, and that he didn't trust them. I guess he was right.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 11:39 AM

Doug Yule replacing Lou Reed in The Velvet Underground for the Squeeze album.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 11:41 AM

Regarding AIC, I have to definitely agree with 11:36 and 11:39 here.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 11:49 AM

The Who replacing 1960's Roger Daltrey with 1970's Roger Daltrey.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 12:08 PM

@7:23

Yes without Jon Anderson is worse than AIC without Layne. But at least Anderson is still alive. He was reportedly shut out by his former band mates because they prefer paying a tribute band singer scale and taking a bigger cut for themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 12:11 PM

Is Rick Wakeman back in Yes now?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 12:25 PM

"The Who replacing 1960's Roger Daltrey with 1970's Roger Daltrey."

Or replacing with Peter Townshend, if you know what I mean...

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 1:07 PM

12:25, No Rick Wakeman, no Jon Anderson.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:04 PM

Boston's new singer was snatched up from a cover band.....and Yes really screwed over Jon Anderson......

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:47 PM

The guy who replaced Ian McCulloch in Echo and the Bunnymen was pretty tragic.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:55 PM

"Boston's new singer was snatched up from a cover band..."

Boston. Or as I like to call them now, "The Tom Scholz Experience".

Also, any fading interest I had in seeing Yes has pretty much turned to dust.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 3:00 PM

I really enjoyed Rockstar INXS!! Not sure they found the right singer though.

But the 2nd Series with that idiot Tommy Lee didn't even have the sense to stay off the Cocain and they stuffed up that

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2011 10:26 AM

replacing matt with kim

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2011 2:17 PM

7:09 is the winner

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2011 2:32 PM

Bushwick replacing Williamsburg.

Or was that already mentioned?

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2011 2:55 PM

INXS trying to replace Michael Hutchence with that ridiculous impersonator who has just about copied every move, blink and word Michael has ever done. A TV competition show! Pathetic. This guy couldn't have made it on his own he would still be unknown. Copying everything Michael Hutchence his moves his music trying to sing with an Aussie accent. All his performances you can see the original performances on you-tube done by the one and only Michael Hutchence.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 6:26 PM

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