Bands Who Lost a Member Within the First Ten Years of Their ExistenceGg2000 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
The Rolling Stones started in 1962; they lost original founder Brian Jones seven years later in 1969. - Gg2000
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
Metallica was founded in 1981. Five years later, they lost their bassist, Cliff Burton, in an infamous bus accident. - Gg2000
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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
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
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
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
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
The band started in 1965; five years later, original guitarist and harmonica player Alan Wilson died of a barbiturate overdose. - Gg2000
Founding member Roy Orbison died in 1988. Two years later, they released their second album and then split up for good. - Gg2000
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
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
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
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