Editorial by Belkacem Bahlouli on the continuity between members within groups. Find out in Rolling Stone #147.
This month, Darryl Jones, Bill Wyman’s famous bass replacement for the Rolling Stones, celebrates his 30th birthday as part of “the world’s greatest rock and roll band.” And if Ronnie Wood replaced Mick Taylor, who himself inherited the position of Brian Jones, then Steve Jordan, the new drummer knighted by the late Charlie Watts, has been in his post for a year now. And that’s no problem given the success of the 2021-2022 tour, which kicked off last fall in the United States before arriving in Europe in early summer. However, the question of succession always arises and will arise for a long time if some groups have not managed to overcome the disappearance or departure of one of their members. Like Led Zeppelin, who, a few weeks after the death of their drummer John Bonham, will send out a press release explaining that only the combination of four elements can form the real Led Zeppelin, and changing one link in this chain will break the band’s sound and creativity. This is one of the very rare cases where, when just one element of the chain breaks, the entire chain falls apart. Another question for frontmen, for example, Nirvana, which did not survive the death of Kurt Cobain, or Joy Division with the death of Ian Curtis. Queen will look for deals, not very convincing, whether it’s with Paul Rogers or Adam Lambert.
As for Depeche Mode, they gave their answer live during a press conference held on October 10 in Berlin, announcing their new album and subsequent world tour: “Fletch has always been considered the cement of the band,” Martin explained. Gor. It would be unthinkable for him to think that his death would entail the end of the group.” In particular, we learned that the album is already in pre-production: “We are not going to replace Fletch; “There is no reason to replace him,” Dave Gahan scored. It would be impossible. There was only one Fletch, that’s for sure. Today, from Lynyrd Skynyrd to The Who, bands continue to maintain their “trademark” as much as possible… for fear of being overthrown by cover bands? No one knows, but the thirst for applause from Mick Jagger or Roger Daltrey will remain no matter what. Especially to protect such directories.
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