The Most Controversial Line-Up Changes In Music History

Stereophonics 2001

Things change... particularly in the high-flying world of the music biz. What happens when personnel changes mark a milestone in a band's career?

The Rolling Stones

On 9 June 1969, Mick Taylor was officially announced as the replacement for Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones. The increasingly erratic Jones found himself being eased out of the group by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, so Taylor was seen as a more reliable guitarist. He lasted until the end of 1974, when he was permanently replaced by former Faces man Ronnie Wood, who is still with them to this day.

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Nirvana

Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic worked with a number of different drummers until they finally settled on Dave Grohl in 1990. Chad Channing appeared on their debut single Love Buzz, while Mudhoney's Dan Peters drummed on the follow-up, Sliver. Dale Crover was the last stand-in drummer before the Grohlmeister stepped up.

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Stereophonics

The original trio was Kelly Jones, Richard Jones and Stuart Cable. However, drummer Cable was fired in 2003 due to "lack of commitment" and replaced by Javier Weyler. The current line-up features Adam Zindani on guitar and Jamie Morrison on drums.

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Editors

During the making of the follow-up to 2009's In This Light And On This Evening, original Editors guitarist Chris Urbanowicz left the band over the classic "musical differences".  The subsequent album, The Weight Of Your Love, featured two new members: Justin Lockey and Elilot Williams.

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The Cure

The Cure are something of a soap opera when it comes to band members. Robert Smith is the only remaining original member; bassist Simon Gallup has been with the band since their second album, but left for a couple of years in the mid 1980s. Original drummer Lol Tolhurst switched to keyboards in 1982, and was "let go" in 1989 before the release of the classic Disintegration. Current drummer Jason Cooper is a mere whipper-snapper, having only been with the band since 1996.

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Inspiral Carpets

Original Inspirals singer Stephen Holt was replaced by Tom Hingley… who sings on the band's best-known songs, including This Is How It Feels. In 2011, the band announced that Hingley had been replaced by… Stephen Holt, for their first new material in 15 years. All clear, now?

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