Top 10 Musicians Who Switched Instruments

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Musicians who changed instruments. They still may use their old instruments. But they played their new instruments more.

The Top Ten

1 Roger Daltrey - Guitar to Vocals Roger Daltrey - Guitar to Vocals Roger Harry Daltrey, is an English singer and actor. In a music career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the English rock band The Who, which released fourteen singles that entered the Top 10 charts in the United Kingdom during ...read more.

Colin Dawson was the original vocalist of Who with The Detours. He was a lead guitarist. Pete was on rhythm guitar. - zxm

2 Dave Grohl - Drums to Vocals/Guitar Dave Grohl - Drums to Vocals/Guitar David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

He still drums for Them Crooked Vultures - ryanrimmel

I don't think I have to say anything here. Everybody knows it. - zxm

3 Joey Ramone - Drums to Vocals Joey Ramone - Drums to Vocals Jeffrey Ross Hyman, professionally known by Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk-rock band The Ramones.

Dee Dee Ramone was the vocalist. Then he switched to bass (not switched, only bass). And he became vocalist. - zxm

4 Iggy Pop - Drums to Vocals Iggy Pop - Drums to Vocals James Newell Osterberg, Jr., known professionally as Iggy Pop, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor.

Used to play drums in a blues band. - zxm

5 Paul McCartney - Guitar to Bass Paul McCartney - Guitar to Bass Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

Might be the only reason he used to play bass with a pick. He was used to play guitar. He did vocals, piano ad drums too. But it was a major change to his role. - zxm

6 Mike Dirnt - Guitar to Bass Mike Dirnt - Guitar to Bass Michael Ryan Pritchard, known professionally as Mike Dirnt, is an American musician best known for being the co-founder, bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the American punk rock band Green Day.

Don't know who was the original bassist of Green Day. But he was a guitarist when he joined/formed Green Day. He became bassist in later days. - zxm

7 Ron Asheton - Guitar to Bass
8 Dez Cadena - Vocals to Guitar
9 Guy Picciotto - Vocals to Guitar
10 Frank Zappa - Drums to Guitar Frank Zappa - Drums to Guitar Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

I didn't know he played drums - JCHOW

The Contenders

11 Todd La Torre - Drums to Vocals Todd La Torre - Drums to Vocals Todd La Torre is an American singer and drummer. He is the lead singer for the progressive metal band Queensrÿche, and a former lead vocalist of the bands Crimson Glory and Rising West.

He was a drummer for 24 years but circa 2010 joined Queensrÿche as the lead singer to replace Geoff Tate. Todd La Torre is great at both - drumming and singing. But because lead singing was something newer to him, he said in 2013 "I still feel like a drummer that likes to sing". - Metal_Treasure

12 Jimmy Page - Bass to Guitar Jimmy Page - Bass to Guitar 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.

Joined as a bassist in The Yardbirds. But became guitarist later. I doubt he ever wanted to play bass. - zxm

13 Ronnie James Dio - Bass to Vocals Ronnie James Dio - Bass to Vocals 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.

A lot of people don't know this:
He originally was just a bass player until he discovered how gifted of a singer he is. He joined Elf (his first band) as bassist/vocalist. Upon joining Rainbow and eventually Sabbath, he became a full time vocalist - ryanrimmel

14 Chris Cornell - Drums to Vocals Chris Cornell - Drums to Vocals Chris Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. He died on May 17, 2017.
15 Phil Collins - Drums to Vocals Phil Collins - Drums to Vocals Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.

Philip David Charles " Phil " Collins is an English singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer and actor. He is best known as the drummer and lead singer in the rock band Genesis and as a solo artist (Wikipedia). - Monorator

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