Bands Who Lost a Member Within the First Ten Years of Their Existence

This is a list of bands who suffered from the death of one (or more) of its members during the band's first ten years of existence. This means that the band had to be active during the member's death (i.e. Sid Vicious' death after the Sex Pistols' split is not an example), and the band had to continue performing or recording for at least another year afterward (i.e. Nirvana's dissolution after Kurt Cobain's death doesn't count either). Feel free to add more examples; I'm sure there are more bands out there than just these ten.

The Top Ten

1 The Rolling Stones 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). more.

Another band who lost thare founder was joy division. Add joy division to the list.

Joy Division split up after Ian Curtis died. I want this list to be about bands that kept going after the death of one of its members. - Gg2000

The Rolling Stones started in 1962; they lost original founder Brian Jones seven years later in 1969. - Gg2000

2 The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.

The ABB started playing together in 1969; they lost two of its members within three years from the same cause of death, a motorcycle accident. Lead guitarist Duane Allman died in 1971; bassist Berry Oakley died in 1972, about three blocks from where Duane Allman died. - Gg2000

3 AC/DC AC/DC 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 more.

The group was originally formed in 1973. Vocalist Bon Scott died 7 years later after a night of heavy drinking. - Gg2000

Forever love The Bon. - ParasN2000

4 Metallica Metallica Metallica 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". more.

Metallica was founded in 1981. Five years later, they lost their bassist, Cliff Burton, in an infamous bus accident. - Gg2000

How about 3...

They lost Ron McGovney, who felt dissatisfied and alienated by the band. There's also Dave Mustaine, though part of the reason he was fired was because of his own actions.

Everyone knows what happened to Cliff Burton. From the timeframe between McGovney's departure and Cliff's untimely death, Metallica has lost about 3 members in a span of about 4 years. - CrimsonShark

I intended for this list to be specifically about death. I'm sorry if I didn't make myself clear. - Gg2000

5 The Doors 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.

Original singer Jim Morrison died in his bathtub in Paris in 1971, six years after the group was originally founded. The other three members tried to continue as a trio for two years, but they eventually gave up. - Gg2000

6 Canned Heat Canned Heat

The band started in 1965; five years later, original guitarist and harmonica player Alan Wilson died of a barbiturate overdose. - Gg2000

7 Grateful Dead Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances more.

Like The Doors, the Grateful Dead started playing together in 1965. The Dead lost original singer, harmonica player, and keyboardist Pigpen in 1973, eight years later. - Gg2000

8 The Marshall Tucker Band

The band was originally founded in 1972. Eight years later, on April 28th, 1980, bassist and lead singer Tommy Caldwell died from head trauma due to a car accident. - Gg2000

9 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. more.

The band was originally founded in 1983. Four years later, the band's original guitarist, Hillel Slovak, died of a heroin overdose, causing the band's original drummer, Jack Irons, to leave. They were respectively replaced by John Frusciante and Chad Smith, creating the famous Chili Peppers lineup that most people know and love. - Gg2000

10 Traveling Wilburys Traveling Wilburys The Traveling Wilburys were a British-American supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. The band recorded two albums, the first in 1988 and the second in 1990, though Orbison died before the second was recorded.

Founding member Roy Orbison died in 1988. Two years later, they released their second album and then split up for good. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Def Leppard

Their guitarist Steve Clark died in 1990 I beileve.

12 Big Brother and the Holding Company 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.
13 Pennywise

The band formed in 1988. Founding member and bass player Jason Thrisk committed suicide in 1996. Their song "Bro Hymn" was written in honor of him. - THC13

14 Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane was a San Francisco, California-based band who pioneered the American counterculture movement as well as psychedelic rock. more.

As I was telling CrimsonShark up above, I intended for this list to be about death, not member departures. I guess I should have been more clear. The first member to die from the classic era was original drummer Skip Spence in 1999. - Gg2000

15 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

I'm talking about the Ozzy Osbourne band. Randy Rhoads died in 1982 after second album.

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