Being a teenage rock fan in the modern day, I know from personal experience that one of the most aggravating and frustrating things of this day in age is not being able to see the original line-ups of my favourite bands.
Some of the groups that I love the most, including Skid Row, Queensrÿche, Guns N Roses, and even Black Sabbath, are no longer made up of the original members that were a part of creating the band’s biggest hits.
Image by Michael Ochs via Metro
One of the biggest controversial bands touring without their original line-up to this day is KISS. When the band came back in 2002, after their “final tour”, the only two remaining original members of the band were Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, and this remains true to this day. Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have not returned since. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley even turned down performing together at KISS’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The role of the Spaceman and The Cat in the band KISS are now taken over by Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer--but many KISS fans are unaware that the men under the makeup are, in fact, not Ace and Peter.
Bands such as Skid Row also face the wrath of fans over the now twenty-year grudge between original bassist Rachel Bolan, original guitarists Dave Sabo and Scotti Hill, and former vocalist Sebastian Bach, who has now been a solo artist since the late 1990’s. Many hardcore fans of the band want nothing more for the currently band and Bach to reunite along with former Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso, who is now currently laying with Four By Fate. Some fans have even gone as far as saying that the band is nothing without Bach’s vocals. Others, similarly to KISS, don’t realize that Sebastian Bach hasn’t been in the band since the mid 90s.
Image via The Glam Nation Network
There is still some hope for broken up bands, as we see popular 80’s bands such as Ratt come back together after years apart. Former, now current, vocalist of Ratt, Stephen Pearcy and original guitarist and bassist Warren DeMartini and Juan Croucier have announced their reunion, and are planning to tour America this year in 2017. Although, the reunion does not include original drummer, Bobby Blotzer, who wrestled with Pearcy, DeMartini, and Croucier, over legal rights for the name Ratt.
So, what do YOU think about bands and their original line-ups? Do you prefer all original members, or does it not matter as long as they’re playing the music you love? What are some bands that you would love to see the original line-up for? Comment down below and let everyone at University Of Rock, including myself, know!
Subscribe to University of Rock's official newsletter here for more stories you don't want to miss plus exclusive new releases, promotions, and more.
Are you a musician looking to grow your Instagram following? Click here to reserve a feature on one of our accounts!