Weather The Original Band leader died, left, or was kicked out, here's some bands which survived, the loss of their original leader from the line up, and survived, or may have even thrived. Let's begin!
1 Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.
These guys are number one, not just for being a great band, but also because they did not lose one band leader, they lost two band leaders and survived losing both. The first time was when they lost Syd Barrett in 1968, because he was kicked out, because he was acting to neurotic. After Syd's departure, they experimented with their sound a lot, and really did not have any leader, until 1973, when Roger Waters started taking over leadership, and made them the political Prog Rock band that a lot of people know them for being now. However Roger Waters left the band in 1985, because he could no longer get along with the other members of the band, and David Gilmour took over leadership of the band for the rest of their recording career.
2 The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.
Brian Jones formed the band in the early 60s, while not writing many songs for the stones, he did come up with a lot of the interesting music ideas that now make the stone's 60s music iconic. However he was kicked out in 1969, and died shortly afterwards, the replaced him Mc Taylor in the 70s, and the rest is history.
3 The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
The band kinda survived after Lou Reed left the band in 1970, while sure their last album they did without him was not good, they still survived losing him.
4 The Byrds
The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial ...read more.
Gene Clark Left the band in 1966, during the production of their third album "Fifth Dimension", he did later return to the band, but that was not until the 70s, and the band continued to make music without him through the rest of the 60s.
5 Moby Grape
Moby Grape is an American rock group from the 1960s, known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting, which collectively merged elements of folk music, blues, country, and jazz with rock and psychedelic music.
Skip Spence formed Moby Grape in 1966, after leaving Jefferson Airplane. And with Skip, the band mostly made Folky/Bluesy Psychedelic Rock for their first four Studio albums, until Skip, just like Syd Barrett, started becoming more neurotic, and left the band in 1969. Skip recorded a now legendary Psychedelic Folk album "Oar" after leaving the band, and Moby Grape became a Country Rock band after he left.
6 The Soft Machine
Kevin Ayers left the band after their first album, and was a huge influence on that album, and after he left the band started shifting away from Psych, and started becoming more Jazz, and Prog influenced,
AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.
Shocked this isn't already on the list, let alone #1. Bon Scott, FFS. - truckturner
8 The Doors
The 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.
Jim Morrison died in 1971, and the band tried to continue as a trio for awhile.
Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.
Peter Gabriel left the band in the mid 70s, and after he left they shifted more towards Pop, rather than Prog.
Their best album, Trick of the Tail, hasn't Peter Gabriel on it. - MaxPap
10 Big Brother and the Holding Company
Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer, and Jefferson Airplane.
In 1968 Janis Joplin left the band to start a solo career, and died two years later in 1970, however despite that the band continued to make music, sure in was never as legendary as their first two albums with her ever again, but they still made music way after Janis death.
11 Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
With Peter Green, the band was a Blues Rock band, which occasionally experimented with Psychedelic Rock, however when he left around 1970, they slowly shifted away from that sound, and started becoming more of a soft rock band, which most people know them for doing today.
They're still awesome. - PatrickStar3
Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.
But their replacement singer sucked...
13 Linkin Park
Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.
I don't think they survived... seems like they might up break up after Chester's suicide.
Too early to say they survived - Metal_Treasure
14 Judas Priest
Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.
15 Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.
Their leader has always been Tony Iommi. And he has always been with the band. I mean, Black Sabbath shouldn't be on the list.
If somebody thought Ozzy was their leader, s/he was certainly wrong. Ozzy can't be a leader. He hasn't even been the leader of his family. His wife has been. - Metal_Treasure
16 Van Halen
Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.
17 Alice In Chains
Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.
Their original singer Layne Staley died... but they continued to make music after his death.
Lostprophets were a Welsh rock band from Pontypridd, Wales formed in 1997. Founded by lead vocalist and lyricist Ian Watkins, bassist Mike Lewis, drummer Mike Chiplin and guitarist Lee Gaze, they were originally a side-project to hardcore punk band Public Disturbance.
19 Three Days Grace
Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.
20 Escape the Fate
Queen are an English rock band 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.
They are still around without Freddie. - Userguy44