I love Too Much Time On My Hands as well, Brian!
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Lynyrd Skynyrd is my best example of a cover band while being allowed to keep the name but it made me think: At What Point Does A "Classic" Band Become A "Cover" Band?
Is it the loss of a vocalist like Skynyrd, Styx, Journey, Foreigner, Chicago, etc...?*
If one original member is still in the band, take Mick Jones of Foreigner, but that member is technically the band leader, is the band still legit. As a kid, it used to bug me that Tony Iommi was continuing Black Sabbath with what seemed to be a different vocalist every album but he later stated that he was mandated by the record company to call them Black Sabbath albums instead of Tony Iommi solo projects.
Deep Purple without Ritchie Blackmore and John Lord certainly doesn't feel like Deep Purple but with Ian Gillan's vocals, it sure sounds like them. So are they a cover band these days even though Don Airey and Steve Morse have been in the band for years? How is it any different from the other Marks?
*Loss of a vocalist is usually a big deal to me, Van Halen without DLR and Anthrax without Joey Belladonna still made good albums but they didn't feel like Van Halen and Anthrax to me. On the other hand there's AC/DC....
On a Hall Fame related note, I've previously mentioned that I feel Motorhead should include Campbell, Wurzel, and Dee. Were Eric Carr, Bruce Kulick, and Eric Singer included with Kiss? I thought it was just Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss. Of course, it makes an argument for Vinnie Vincent and Mark St. John who preceded Kulick, I guess.
Edited by Shawn Kane on 23 October 2019 at 8:56am