Top 10 Musicians Who Left the Band Just Before the Band Made It Big

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.

The Top Ten

1 Paul Di'Anno - Iron Maiden Paul Di'Anno - Iron Maiden Paul Andrews better known as Paul Di'Anno, is an English singer best known as the first vocalist to record with heavy metal band Iron Maiden, from 1978 to 1981.
2 Syd Barrett - Pink Floyd Syd Barrett - Pink Floyd Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.

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

3 Charlie Dominici - Dream Theater
4 Chuck Mosley - Faith No More
5 Pete Best - The Beatles

Actually they kicked him out. See ya Pete. Maybe next time. - MontyPython

6 Rod Evans - Deep Purple Rod Evans - Deep Purple Roderic Evans is an English former singer. In the late 1960s he began his professional career in The Maze, formerly MI5, after which he was a member of the original Deep Purple line-up.

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

7 Ron McGovney - Metallica
8 Mac Poole - Led Zeppelin
9 Dave Evans - AC/DC
10 Chad Channing - Nirvana

The Contenders

11 Dennis Stratton - Iron Maiden

Former guitarist before Adrian Smith. He played on the debut. - IronSabbathPriest

12 Jason Everman - Nirvana + Soundgarden
13 Stuart Sutcliffe Stuart Sutcliffe Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe was a Scottish-born painter and musician best known as the original bass guitarist for the Beatles.
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Top Remixes

1. Paul Di'Anno - Iron Maiden
2. Chuck Mosley - Faith No More
3. Charlie Dominici - Dream Theater
1. Rod Evans - Deep Purple
2. Paul Di'Anno - Iron Maiden
3. Pete Best - The Beatles



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