Top 10 Musicians Who Left the Band Just Before the Band Made It Big

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Throughout the history of rock, bands were formed, with only a minute portion destined to make the big time. And although those big names ultimately brought fame and glory to some musicians, others were left behind just before things got big.

We'll focus on the second group now. Whether they walked out, got fired, or simply passed the gig, these guys left the band and missed the big league.

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1Paul Di'Anno - Iron MaidenPaul Andrews better known as Paul Di'Anno, is an English singer best known as the first vocalist to record with heavy metal band Iron Maiden, from 1978 to 1981.
2Syd Barrett - Pink Floyd

The band probably wouldn't have got as famous as it did if they didn't start out with Barrett's passion and commitment to the group. - PositronWildhawk

3Charlie Dominici - Dream Theater
4Chuck Mosley - Faith No More
5Rod Evans - Deep PurpleRoderic Evans is an English former singer. In the late 1960s he began his professional career in The Maze, formerly MI5, after which he was a member of the original Deep Purple line-up.

He is a very good singer and was a member of the original Deep Purple line-up who produced three studio albums. Rod Evans left before the 4th album, which was Deep Purple's breakthrough album (Deep Purple in Rock, 1970). Ian Gillan replaced Rod Evans.
Rod Evans demonstrated bad judgement once again in 1980, when he began to tour under the Deep Purple name accompanied by unknown session musicians. Several shows ended in near riots and Deep Purple fans contacted the real band. Evans was sued by the management of the real Deep Purple and they were awarded damages of US$672,000. As a result of the lawsuit, Evans no longer received royalties from the band's first three albums for many years. He is reportedly now (2015) in receipt of them again. - Metal_Treasure

6Ron McGovney - Metallica
7Pete Best - The Beatles

Actually they kicked him out. See ya Pete. Maybe next time. - MontyPython

8Mac Poole - Led Zeppelin
9Dave Evans - AC/DC
10Chad Channing - Nirvana

The Contenders

11Dennis Stratton - Iron Maiden

Former guitarist before Adrian Smith. He played on the debut. - IronSabbathPriest

12Jason Everman - Nirvana + Soundgarden
13Stuart SutcliffeStuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe was a Scottish-born painter and musician best known as the original bass guitarist for the Beatles.
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1. Rod Evans - Deep Purple
2. Paul Di'Anno - Iron Maiden
3. Pete Best - The Beatles
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1. Paul Di'Anno - Iron Maiden
2. Chuck Mosley - Faith No More
3. Charlie Dominici - Dream Theater
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