Best Band Members Lineup Changes

Bands that changed their members. Even after changing it they were/are best.

The left sided members are earlier members and right sided members are the members switched with them (right sided).

The Top Ten

Paul Di'Anno and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)

Are we talking about bruce? paul isn't even a good metal vocalist so it's a great decision that paul was replaced with bruce - zxm

Dave Mustaine and Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

Dave Mustaine is a more technical guitarist but he had addiction problems and was unreliable so Metallica did the right thing. Besides, Metallica released their best album (MOP) with Kirk Hammett. So it was a good decision overall and lets not forget that thanks to this change we got another legendary thrash band - Megadeth. - Metal_Treasure

Can't choose - zxm

Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath)

Dio was a way better singer than Ozzy. - Metal_Treasure

Yeah I agree with Metal_Treasure,ozzy's overrate - zxm

He may be a better singer, but not for Sabbath - SoldierOfFortune

Bon Scott and Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

This was probably the smoothest change - they sound very similar and Bon Scott himself selected Brian Johnson. Bon first saw Brian singing in a bar and asked for his phone number. And Bon gave the phone number to Angus just in case...

I prefer Bon, but I do think they made the right choice by bringing in Brian Johnson. He was the best man for the job.

I think I would choose brian

Zxm. It's the visitor again as you say! This is a truly creative list.

John Rutsey and Neil Peart (Rush)

If you listen to him, John was no slouch (he's kinda a cross between John Bonham and Simon Kirke), but he was nowhere near Neil Peart's level. Plus, most of Geddy and Alex's lyrics are trite sounding compared to Neil's. Best decision they made. - Gg2000

Neil is the best drummer ever.john isn't even close to him,so yeah its one of the best lineup changes - zxm

Al Atkins and Rob Halford (Judas Priest)

Ha ha,rob halford.he isn't the original vocalist.its great that he came instead of al yeah its another great decision - zxm

Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds)

Agree with this one. Eric was great, but I think Jeff was a better fit for the band. Plus, that meant we got the Bluesbreakers album, Cream, and Blind Faith! - Gg2000

Eric was great but after his departure jeff did some great guitar work - zxm

Pete Best and Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

Oh yes. Ringo has a much better sense of time, fluidity, and groove than Pete did. Just compare Pete doing Love Me Do to Ringo or Andy White. Big difference. - Gg2000

Pete could be good or not but ringo is a great drummer - zxm

Rod Evans and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)

Agree. Ian is exponentially better, no contest. - Gg2000

Ian Gillan no doubt,one of the best member switches - zxm

Syd Barrett and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

I like Syd, but I think that replacing him with David was for the best, especially in terms of their long-term success. Plus, if David never replaced Syd, then most people would never get to hear his guitar playing. - Gg2000

Syd batter was great but he was heavily addict to drugs and had mental disorders and that's why he was fired by roger but still david carried the band greatly. especially as a great guitarist and vocalist - zxm

The Contenders

Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan (Black Sabbath)

@Mumbizz01: Black Sabbath had no choice here - Dio left and because Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan were friends (I think they still are) Gillan did him a favor and sang on this album. This change was a temporary solution and wasn't supposed to be something long-lasting. But "Born Again" is one of the heaviest Black Sabbath albums and half of the songs are very good. The screams in "Disturbing The Priest" are great. However, I personally like albums with Dio better because songs were better (different style) and were meant for Dio voice. "Born Again" sounds like an album meant for Ozzy voice, especially songs like "Zero The Hero". The material wasn't for Gillan voice - he is a talented singer with a 4 octave range but most of the songs did not allow him show his potential. - Metal_Treasure

I disagree. Ian Gillan sounds like he was singing for an another band on "Born Again". I don't think he was the perfect choice for this. - Mumbizz01

I think Ian Gillan - zxm

I think Ian Gillan suits in Deep Purple than any other bands.Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice's works helped him to show Ian's talent. - zxm

John Greely and Matt Barlow (Iced Earth)

John Greely wasn't a bad singer but Matt Barlow was an 'Oh My God' singer. - Metal_Treasure

David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar (Van Halen)
Mark Wakefield and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

Chester is one of the greatest singers of modern rock.And also the best member of Linkin Park(for me).So I think,yes, it's a great change - zxm

Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones)

I disagree here. It's nice that they have two rhythm players weaving back and forth between each other, but the problem is that Ronnie isn't good enough to cover Mick Taylor's lead guitar solos. - Gg2000

Hillel Slovak and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

RHCP's best work is with Frusciante. Slovak was necessary for the formation of the band, but Frusciante is a better guitarist.

Ian Gillan and David Coverdale (Deep Purple)

Even though David wasn't good as Ian but still he carried on - zxm

Paul D’Amour and Justin Chancellor (Tool)
Tracii Guns and Slash (Guns N' Roses)

Yeah,Slash has been the greatest lead guitarist of Guns N roses.After him Buckethead comes second - zxm

Anders Colsefni and Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
Anette Olzon and Floor Jansen (Nightwish)

See... no one can replace their first singer Tarja whose operatic and unique singing style were the band's major trademark in the beginning. For whatever reason she was fired by the other members, we'll never know.
What we know on the other hand is that for the style of music they make - which is big, bombastic and orchestral rock - a singer with a similarly big voice is needed. Anette Olzen has a great voice - but the entire tone of her vocal fits for music that is more minimalistic. I can perfectly imagine her on Nu Metal, or also pop rock for that matter. She is not supposed to sing about fantastic lyrics, but to be more direct and modern.
Floor Jansen is not a classical singer like Tarja, but she is capable of extreme belting as well as silent wispers, she always alters her vocals to whatever fits the tone of the music - which sometimes means she has to put up against a full blown orchestra. Actually, she is the best subsitute for Tarja they could get. Nevertheless were the ...more - Martin_Canine

Dave Henwood and Tré Cool (Green Day)

Tre's great although he joined in 1990.these were several members in green day. several drummers but none of them were great as fact tre is the best or most talented green day member - zxm

Mike Portnoy and Mike Mangini (Dream Theater)
Jesse Leach and Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage)
Charlie Dominici and James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
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