Top 10 Bands that Lost Their Mojo the Most When a Member Left / Died

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1Queen - when Freddie Mercury diedQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.
2The Doors - when Jim Morrison diedThe Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
3Pantera - when Dimebag Darrell diedPantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power" . ...read more.V1 Comment
4Led Zeppelin - when John Bonham died
5The Who - Keith Moon's deathThe Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are ...read more.

It was inevitable. It could never, ever have been the same without the beautiful lunatic. RIP

6Guns N' Roses - when Slash LeftGuns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

Chinese Democracy enough said... - FettiMC

If slash stayed there,then guns n roses would be like it was in 80s and early 90s - zxm

7Judas Priest - when Rob Halford leftJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.

After spending nearly 20 years with Judas Priest, Halford left in 1992. After 10 years, in 2003 Halford returned to the band. - Metal_Treasure

8Deep Purple - when Ritchie Blackmore left (1975)Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

When he left they de facto split because he was the primary composer. He left in 1975 because he didn't like what the other members wanted to put in the songs - soul, blues, funk. He has always been a metal guy - that's why he teamed up with Dio and formed Rainbow to do metal.

Several short reunions later (with Ritchie participation) helped them release a great album (Perfect Strangers, 1984) and 2 very good ones (Slaves and Masters, 1990, and The Battle Rages On, 1993). After this album, in 1993 Blackmore left forever and they continued with Steve Morse, putting out new albums and touring - to this day. This new material is not bad for what it is but I miss Blackmore's metal edge and his touch in songwriting. - Metal_Treasure

Yeah, Deep Purple hasn't been that kind of great that they used to be in early 70s when ritchie was there - zxm

9Iron Maiden - when Bruce Dickinson leftIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.

I'm glad he didn't leave the band permanently.. - Rorywilbren

10Thin Lizzy - when Phil Lynott diedThin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" ...read more.

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11ABBA - when Agnetha Fältskog got alienatedABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

When two band members, Agnetha and Bjorn, got divorced in 1980, ABBA de facto disbanded but announced it later. Agnetha became reclusive because Bjorn dumped her for another woman and I guess it was difficult for her to sing his songs, see him on a regular basis and tour with him. Agnetha and Bjorn were married for 7 years and have 2 children. - Metal_Treasure

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12Helloween - when Kai Hansen leftHelloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

After Hansen departure they released a really bad album - Pink Bubbles Go Ape (1991), and the follow up wasn't much better. Michael Kiske was still with the band with his awesome voice, Michael Weikath was also still with them but without Kai Hansen it wasn't the same band anymore. - Metal_Treasure

13Helloween - when Michael Kiske leftHelloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

A second big crisis for this band. After Kiske departure they became an average band - not bad but just average. - Metal_Treasure

14Iced Earth - when Matt Barlow left 1st timeIced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

After the September 11 terrorist attacks (2001) Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real world" instead of living the illusion of a "rock star." In 2007 he returned to the band but left again in 2011 to spend more time with his family (Iced Earth have a busy touring schedule). - Metal_Treasure

15Slipknot - when Paul Gray died
16Escape the Fate - When Ronnie Radke left
17Three Days Grace - when Adam Gontier leftThree Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst.
18Metallica - when Cliff Burton diedMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

I put it lower because Cliff death was a huge shock but fortunately this didn't ruin the band future drastically. - Metal_Treasure

19Evanescence - when Terry Balsamo leftEvanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
20One Direction - When Zayn Malik LeftOne Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015 . The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records ...read more.V1 Comment
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1. Queen - when Freddie Mercury died
2. Pantera - when Dimebag Darrell died
3. Led Zeppelin - when John Bonham died
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1. Queen - when Freddie Mercury died
2. Deep Purple - when Ritchie Blackmore left (1975)
3. Iron Maiden - when Bruce Dickinson left
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1. Queen - when Freddie Mercury died
2. The Doors - when Jim Morrison died
3. Iron Maiden - when Bruce Dickinson left
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