1 Ronnie James Dio joined his first band as a bassist
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 ...read more.
2 David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd as a roadie
David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
3 Mikael Akerfeldt joined Opeth as a bassist
Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. ...read more.
Became lead singer and guitarist - Metal_Treasure
4 Jimmy Page joined The Yardbirds as a bassist
James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
5 Tobias Sammet was originally Edguy's keyboardist
Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.
He became a lead singer and a bassist. What an amazing singer! Godly voice.
He formed Edguy at 14 and didn't want to be a singer because he thought his puberty voice sucked (I believe him). Tobias was the keyboardist because he had played organ in his childhood.
But when he turned 20 his voice was great. - Metal_Treasure
6 Nick Menza joined Megadeth as a drum tech
Nick Menza (1964-2016) was a professional drummer best known for his work in Megadeth from 1989-1998 and in 2004. He recorded drums on four of Megadeth's albums "Rust In Peace", "Countdown To Extinction", "Youthanasia", and "Cryptic Writings".
Became a drummer during the most glorious Megadeth era (Rust In Peace) - Metal_Treasure
7 Frank Bello joined Anthrax as a guitar tech
Francis Charles Joseph "Frank" Bello is an Italian-American musician who plays bass guitar for the thrash metal band Anthrax.
Became the bassist for Anthrax - Metal_Treasure
8 Jon Oliva was originally the guitarist for Savatage
John Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, ...read more.
Jon realized that his younger brother's guitar skills were better than his own skills and Criss Oliva became the guitarist - Metal_Treasure
9 Andreas Kisser joined Sepultura as a guitar tech
Became their guitarist - Metal_Treasure
10 Tim Charles joined Ne Obliviscaris as a violinist
Became a lead singer for clean vocals (and continued as a violinist).
The band auditioned a few female singers but they were't suitable and then Tim volunteered and admitted "I can sing a little bit".
Ah... it isn't "a little bit". It's more than this. His voice is very beautiful. - Metal_Treasure