Top 10 Rumored Band Member Replacements that Didn't HappenMetal_Treasure
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Rumored as a possible replacement of John Bonham after John's death (before Zeppelin officially disbanded) - Metal_Treasure
After Bruce Dickinson departed from Iron Maiden in 1993, Kiske was rumored to be Dickinson's replacement but (sadly) the position was filled by Blaze Bayley. - Metal_Treasure
In 2014 he was rumored to be Shawn Drover's replacement in Megadeth, when Shawn departed - Metal_Treasure
He auditioned with Led Zeppelin when Jimmy Page was going to continue the band without Robert Plant. - Metal_Treasure
Jimmy Page asked Jack Bruce to join Led Zep after the 1973 tour because John Paul Jones wasn't happy with touring. So this replacement was rumored but didn't happen. - Metal_Treasure
He was rumored to be Bruce Dickinson's replacement in Iron Maiden. He auditioned with them but (sadly) lost out to Blaze Bayley. - Metal_Treasure
He was rumored to be Rob Halford's replacement in Judas Priest - he auditioned but lost out to Tim Ripper Owens. - Metal_Treasure
I guess there were many rumors after Dio's departure from Black Sabbath in the early 80s. Michael Bolton was one of the names.
The best part:
Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath claims that Bolton even auditioned with Black Sabbath for the job.
Michael Bolton denies doing that.
I don't know who's memory is better but there's one thing that is documented: Michael Bolton toured with Black Sabbath at the time, with his hard rock band Blackjack. - Metal_Treasure
In the mid-80s there were rumors of Lita Ford singing for Black Sabbath when she was dating Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath's leader).
How she ended up singing a duet with Ozzy, who was kicked out of the band, is a mystery. Or revenge (Lita and Tony broke up).
Her song with Ozzy was: Close My Eyes Forever, 1988 - Metal_Treasure
According to Gene Simmons' book, Eddie Van Halen lobbied to be Ace Frehley's replacement in Kiss. - Metal_Treasure
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