What do you mean there’s TWO bands with the same name?

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We all know the story a band member or members are kicked out/left on their own and now there are two bands claiming rights to the name. Great White, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, Creedence Clearwater Revival/Revisited, Queensryche, are just a few bands that have run into this situation.

I have a few opinions on this. I feel that if the band has an iconic vocalist who has a distinct voice it becomes hard to carry on as a band when said vocalist is fired or leaves. On the other hand if a guitarist defines the sound of a band people seem to buy into a replacement vocalist.

So what should be done? Should both bands abandon the name? Should they both use the name and tour causing confusion? I know a lot has to do with the business end of things so there’s that. There’s no easy answer to this one.

What are your thoughts on this?

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4 thoughts on “What do you mean there’s TWO bands with the same name?

  1. I remember seeing LA Guns (Tracii Guns’ version) with a new singer, Marty Casey. I absolutely loved Marty Casey (of Rockstar INXS fame) but LA Guns didn’t have the same sound without Phil Lewis. Phil Lewis has such a distinct voice that LA Guns just isn’t the same without him.

  2. Motley Crue clearly wasn’t Motley when Corabi was the lead singer. As things go, Vince returned and again all was right in the world.

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