Top 10 Metal Musicians Who Changed Their Band in the 1980s

Metal musicians who joined or quit a major metal band in the 1980s. Or both - quit a band and joined another band. These musicians were important for the bands and the bands were important for them.

The Top Ten

1 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

From Rainbow to Black Sabbath to Dio - Metal_Treasure

2 Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

From Samson to Iron Maiden where he replaced Paul Di'Anno - Metal_Treasure

3 Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own more.

He was kicked out of Metallica and formed Megadeth - Metal_Treasure

4 Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's more.

Joined Metallica (replaced Ron McGovney) - Metal_Treasure

5 Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

Pantera changed for the better when he joined the band. - Metal_Treasure

6 Kai Hansen Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.

He departed from Helloween to form Gamma Ray - Metal_Treasure

7 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

His incredible voice made Helloween a prominent band, and vice versa - he is still known as the former Helloween frontman, although he left

Helloween long ago - in the early 90s. - Metal_Treasure

8 Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

He formed Exodus but joined Metallica and has been one of the long-term Metallica members to this day - Metal_Treasure

9 Scott Travis Mark Scott Travis is a Grammy Award winning American rock musician, best known as the drummer for the English heavy metal band Judas Priest and the American heavy metal band Racer X.

He joined Judas Priest in 1989 and impressed everyone with his drumming on Painkiller. - Metal_Treasure

10 Jason Newsted Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.
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