The Singers Who Didn’t Quite Work Out
In light of the news that INXS and J.D. Fortune have parted on bad terms, here is the Classic Rock team’s verdict on all of the vocalists that never quite worked out as planned. Come in and add your own suggestions!
Sian Llewellyn (editor) – Gary Charone when he was in Van Halen. Why? Because he wasn’t Dave Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar.
Geoff Barton (editor at large) – ‘Ripper’ Owens, obviously. No one could replace Halford in Priest, even though Jugulator in particular is a pretty good album. AC/DC’s first singer Dave Evans – where would they be now if they hadn’t replaced him with Bon Scott? It doesn’t bear thinking about. Black Sabbath – David ‘Donut’ Donato. Not a good idea to replace Ozzy with a male model (even though these days, with his Armani outfits and all, Ozzy is something of a clothes horse himself…). Last but not least… ‘Kick Ass’ Kevin Kozak being forced out of Rox, to be replaced by Mark Savage (who also happened to be the band’s first vocalist, when he went under the moniker of Mark Anthony). One of the saddest, most tragic, most tearful days in rock, to be sure.
Dave Ling (news/Radar editor): Top of the list – Blaze Bayley because he sounded like Mike Yarwood doing an impression of Alistair McGowan mimicking Dickinson, very badly.