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Paul Rogers

10 Rejected Replacements

Some fans idolize members of their favorite bands to the point where if one of them gets replaced by a new musician, the latter is received like an evil steppar...

10 Bastardized Bands

Sometimes when a successful band splits up, former members feel inclined to continue earning income from performing its songs (which, after all, they helped to ...
Discharge; Credit: Fabiola Santini

8 Disastrous Artist Reinventions

When musicians attempt to very publicly reinvent themselves, the motivation can be anything from an admirable sense of sheer sonic adventure to pure survival instinct in the face of changing fashions. Some such rebirths — Katy Perry going from teen gospel crooner to glitzy pop princess; Pantera’s shift from poofy-haired glam to punishing groove metal — have proven staggeringly successful, while others became best-forgotten flops. We looked at eight of the most disastrous artist reinventions....
Metallica

10 Opening Bands That Upstaged the Headliners

Most concertgoers have tales about opening bands “blowing away’ headliners, but often these are simply subjective opinions or one-off circumstances (such as openers playing in their hometown, or headliners suffering technical issues). But occasionally there’s a consensus that a particular opening act upstaged the headliner for an entire tour, sometimes to the point of being promoted to top billing themselves....
Bez of Happy Mondays and Black Grape; Credit: Paul W. Dixon Photography

10 Musicians Who Found Stardom by Accident

In this city where some musicians would sell their mother for a shot at success, it’s ironic to learn that some rock stars “made it” almost accidentally. Here are some prominent examples of folks whom fate or circumstance propelled onto the stage and into the limelight, often despite their having zero prior musical experience....
Iron Maiden with Adrian Smith

10 Band Members Who Weren't Appreciated Until They Were Gone

Keep your eye on the quiet ones. See, while it’s the most extroverted musicians who hog the limelight, their unsung bandmates may be creating much of the behind-the-scenes magic. While they might not be songwriters or virtuosos, these folks can be the X factors that hold a band together or help shape its music in less tangible ways. Yet the depth and subtleties of their contribution often are not fully appreciated until they’re gone....
Credit: Milo Decruz

Omniflux's Anarchic Debut Divorces Our Stepford Lives

Omniflux’s debut album, Aquarelle, is a woozily seductive trip-hop Trojan horse. Amidst its throbbing grooves, swaths of cultured electronica and heady melodies lurk calls to arms against the collective coma of marketing-induced materialism that obscures our inner truths....
Beyond the Infinite (detail) by Doug Foster; Credit: Courtesy Inception

Onesidezero's Return Is Part Reformation, Part Reinvention

While Onesidezero’s return to the stage at the Viper Room on Aug. 18 has been billed as a reformation, these melodic L.A. alt-metallers, despite not releasing an album since 2007, never truly went away. What’s different this time is a new lineup, promise of a new full-length, and a determination to recapture the spirit of brotherhood and adventure that propelled them to major-label “buzz band” status in the early aughts....