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If rock history has taught us anything it’s that for a band to achieve any longevity they better be prepared to drop members and pick up some new ones along the way. Yes, there are some legendary and long-running groups that still have all their original members, but the pressures of what it takes to succeed in music – the endless tours, the long hours in the studio, the financial stress- leads many to an inevitable split due to personal or “artistic” differences. Those changes have led some groups to amass small armies of past members.
Whether groups replacing aging members when they go on their inevitable reunion tour or dealing with interpersonal conflicts, it’s not uncommon for many bands to go through a small lineup change once or twice during their lifetime. And then there’s the groups on our list, all of whom have gone through at least 16 different members during their moment in the spotlight.
Transitions in sound and psychological burnout led Fleetwood Mac toward a lineup change that completely changed their sound, while Latin boy band Menudo, popular for decades, kicked out singers when they hit 16. Guns N’ Roses has had more than 20 members over its nearly 30-year history, with frontman Axl Rose left standing as the band’s only original member. Which other bands have had a ridiculous number of member changes? Check out our list and remember, it’s not how many bassists you’ve had that matters, but how many groupies they can pull.
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