ROCK ON: Three bands that lost a key member and kept playing…

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A sidebar to our “Still Sublime?” cover story (CLICK HERE to read) in the November 18, 2010 Volume 14 Issue 22 of MauiTime.

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THE DOORS - Following the 1971 death of Jim Morrison, the surviving members of The Doors continued to record and tour for two years before disbanding. In that time, they produced two albums, Other Voices (1971) and Full Circle (1972), with guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek on vocals. Krieger and Manzarek reunited in 2002 with a band first called The Doors of the 21st Century, though through the course of legal disputes with Doors drummer John Densmore, the name has changed several times. They now tour as Manzarek-Krieger.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD - In 1977, a Convair 240 crashed in Gillsburg, Mississippi, killing Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister and backup singer Cassie Gaines and lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, as well as the band’s assistant road manager and the pilot and co-pilot of the aircraft. The band’s album Street Survivors had been released just three days prior, and featured a photograph of the band—including Steve Gaines—engulfed in flames. At the behest of Gaines’s widow, MCA Records soon thereafter replaced the cover (though for a deluxe edition re-issued 30 years later, it was restored). In all, 18 musicians are credited as former or current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

QUEEN - After Freddie Mercury lost his battle with AIDS in 1991, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor continued to perform as Queen (along with bassist John Deacon until his retirement in 1998), often billed with a guest vocalist. Notable fill-ins run the gamut, and include Luciano Pavarotti, Wyclef Jean and Brittany Spears. From 2004-’09, the band toured with Paul Rogers (formerly of Bad Company) as Queen + Paul Rogers.

Special thanks to former @MauiTime art director Travis Tiffin, for the abundance of tips and information. Have one you’d like to add? Please comment below. To get you started, here are a few more, thanks to Travis:

ALICE IN CHAINS

ANTHRAX

ASIA

BLACK FLAG

BLACK SABBATH

BLINK-182

BOSTON

CHICAGO

CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

DEEP PURPLE

THE DROPKICK MURPHEYS

FAITH NO MORE

FOREIGNER

GENESIS

KANSAS

THE MISFITS

MOTLEY CRUE

NIRVANA

SOUNDGARDEN/AUDIOSLAVE

STYX

TALKING HEADS

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