Top 10 Musicians Who Left the Band Just Before the Band Made It BigRookie888 Throughout the history of rock, bands were formed, with only a minute portion destined to make the big time. And although those big names ultimately brought fame and glory to some musicians, others were left behind just before things got big.
We'll focus on the second group now. Whether they walked out, got fired, or simply passed the gig, these guys left the band and missed the big league.
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The band probably wouldn't have got as famous as it did if they didn't start out with Barrett's passion and commitment to the group. - PositronWildhawk
Actually they kicked him out. See ya Pete. Maybe next time. - MontyPython
He is a very good singer and was a member of the original Deep Purple line-up who produced three studio albums. Rod Evans left before the 4th album, which was Deep Purple's breakthrough album (Deep Purple in Rock, 1970). Ian Gillan replaced Rod Evans.
Rod Evans demonstrated bad judgement once again in 1980, when he began to tour under the Deep Purple name accompanied by unknown session musicians. Several shows ended in near riots and Deep Purple fans contacted the real band. Evans was sued by the management of the real Deep Purple and they were awarded damages of US$672,000. As a result of the lawsuit, Evans no longer received royalties from the band's first three albums for many years. He is reportedly now (2015) in receipt of them again. - Metal_Treasure
Former guitarist before Adrian Smith. He played on the debut. - IronSabbathPriest
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