Drummer Pete Best was famously fired from The Beatles right before they exploded in popularity in 1962. Who are some other “Pete Bests” from music history?

Drummer Pete Best was famously fired from The Beatles right before they exploded in popularity in 1962. Who are some other “Pete Bests” from music history?

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  1. Brian Dunkelman left American Idol after the first season. Now Ryan Seacrest is one of the biggest entertainers in the country and Dunkelman just missed out on Employee of the Month at Arby’s.

  2. bob welch and bob weston left fleetwood mac in the early 70s before fleetwood mac became famous

    the real question is – would fleetwood mac have been popular without their replacements nicks and buckingham. answer – probably not

  3. Scott Raynor was the original drummer for Blink 182. He got fired for his excessive drinking mid tour. Travis Barker, the drummer for the Aquabats was asked to fill in for the rest of the tour, and the rest is history.

  4. Rush – John Rutsy was their *original* drummer, and made the first album with the group.

    But, he has a problem with touring or some such, and the band went and found “the New Guy” (Neil Peart). The rest is history.

  5. nobody except uber nerds know who Eberhard Weber is but everyone vaguely interested in jazz knows Jaco Pastorious who replaced him in the band Weather Report

  6. Not exactly a Pete Best, because he played on most of their early albums (and was an important force in shaping their sound), but I would say most people don’t know of Nick Taylor of the ROLLING STONES.

  7. The bass player for Tool, Paul D’Amour. He wanted to be more involved with songwriting and even switching to be a second guitar player.

    He quit in 1995 during the recording of Aenima.

    On a side note, I like the early Tool stuff more before they got all artsy.

  8. Richard Hell started Television but left for creative differences right before they found their niche.

    He then went on to join Johnny Thunders from the New York Dolls to form The Heartbreakers and then formed Richard Hell and the Voidoids, so it’s not exactly like he ended up in total obscurity.

  9. Dave Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica shortly before they released Kill ‘Em All, even has writing credits on that album & Ride The Lightning. Mustaine would go on to form Megadeth.

  10. Brian Jones. He founded The Rolling Stones. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger began to take over the band’s musical direction and Jones was pushed further and further into the background. In June 1969, the Rolling Stones dismissed Jones; guitarist Mick Taylor took his place in the group.

  11. Not exactly the same as being fired, but Bradley Nowell, singer/guitarist for Sublime, died of a heroin overdose two months before the band’s self-titled album was released, which spawned numerous hit singles and garnered national attention.

  12. The Shondells.

    Tommy James and The Shondells had broken up as a band by the time a DJ resurrected their song Hanky Panky from a year or two prior, it became a hit, and Tommy moved to the big city to reform the “new” Tommy James and The Shondells.

  13. Paul Di’Anno left Iron Maiden after doing two albums because of drinking and cocaine problems and a feud with Steve Harris.

    Di’Anno was replaced by Bruce Dickinson and the rest is history.

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