Holding On To The Dream: 20 Bands With Only One Original Member

  • Axl Rose

  • Otis Williams

  • Smashing Pumpkins

  • Mick Jones

  • Motorhead

  • Whitesnake

  • Greg Ginn

  • Jethro Tull

  • King Crimson

  • reo

  • Little Feat

  • Gary Rossington

  • Foghat

  • Boston

  • Chris Squire

  • Mike Love

  • Deep Purple

  • Starship

  • The Lemonheads

  • Dropkick Murphys

It’s difficult for bands to stand the test of time and stay intact. They’ve got all sorts of factors stacked against them, including breakups, premature deaths, and brutal band dismissals, plus folks who are just tired of the rock ’n’ roll game and straight up quit. But then there are the guys who are still out there playing the hits, despite the fact that they’re the only original members left in their group!

One on hand, it’s kind of a bummer that they’re the last man standing from the garage band days, but in another way it’s kind of inspiring. Hang onto that dream and keep on doing your thing! It makes sense that classic groups like The Temptations,The Beach Boys and Lynyrd Skynyrd have taken a serious hit, but some mega infighting is to blame in some of these cases. Who knows, maybe those bands will bury the hatchet and tour again soon! But we won’t hold our breath for some (looking at you, Guns N’ Roses)…

Head up to the gallery above for 20 bands that have undergone a (nearly) complete personnel transfusion since bursting onto the scene with their first big hit!

[Photo: Getty Images/Motown]

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