10 Bands That Actually Got Better After Losing Members

The Art of Moving Forward.

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Losing a band member can be an equivalent to losing a family member at the worst of times. After years of slogging it out on the road, life tends to catch up with some rock stars a bit quicker than others. Even if these artists didn't die per se, to see some of the greatest musical minds actually drift apart is more than many fans would be able to stomach.

However, the best of these acts know how to turn these circumstances into a positive. From losing a main songwriter or even the dreaded lead singer departure, these acts were able to thrive without the help of their foundational members. Instead of sinking like a stone, these artists managed to even get bigger and better after they signed the musical divorce papers.

Whether it was just due to being in the right place at the right time or getting rid of some of the excess baggage, the new looks for these acts turned them into bonafied stars rather than just another underground band. It may have left these artists' core audience a bit perturbed, but when has anyone ever gotten successful without pissing somebody off? Despite being in a bad spot from a musical perspective, there's no way these acts have any second thoughts about their rise to the top.

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