Musicians you forgot were ever in certain bands.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by powderfinger, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. powderfinger


    Feb 24, 2009
    So I was reading an article today which mentioned Gary Cherone's tenure in Van Halen back in 1998. And immediately, my first thoughts were, "ooohhhh yeah, he *was* in Van Halen". So who are some other notable musicians who had forgettable tenures in popular bands?

    I'd say I typically forget Dave Mustaine was ever in Metallica. It slips my mind too that Jimmy Page was in The Yardbirds.

    Any other notables ?
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  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Tony Iommi was in Jethro Tull for about 2 weeks. He appears with them on the Rolling Stones Rock 'n Roll Circus.

    John Wetton was in Uriah Heep for a bit when Gary Thain left (and ultimately passed away)
  3. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Gavin Harrison was in Renaissance in the 80s (briefly).
  4. Gary Moore was in Thin Lizzy, sure, but Skid Row? No, the other Skid Row. :p
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  5. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Michael McDonald was in Steely Dan

    Rudy Sarzo has been the bassist in many well known bands; but, here are two you may not know about - Blue Öyster Cult and Geoff Tate's version of Queensrÿche

    Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist) was a member of the country band Southern Pacific for a few albums
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  6. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Kenny Rogers was somebody's bass player.
  7. remainthesame


    Sep 24, 2008
    Tom Petty played bass for a band named Mudcrutch
  8. theretheyare

    theretheyare Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Eric Dolphy with Charles Mingus. Mick Avory with the Rolling Stones. Jack Bruce with Tony Williams Lifetime. Charles Mingus with Duke Ellington (in the Ellington band and later on Money Jungle).
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  9. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    That would be The First Edition (later known as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition)

    However, he was also a one time member of The New Christy Minstrels

    Kim Carnes and Karen Black were also members of The New Christy Minstrels
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  10. powderfinger


    Feb 24, 2009
    One of my favorite, "huh" moments when it comes to this is the fact that Ed King from Lynyrd Skynyrd (composer of Sweet Home Alabama) was in The Strawberry Alarm Clock.

    Donnie Iris was in Jaggerz. That's easy to forgot.
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  11. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Robin Trower was in Procul Harum
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  12. Kragnorak


    Sep 20, 2008
    I'm always interested in group activities from people that prefer to work solo:

    Allan Holdsworth - UK, Soft Machine

    If there are pairings I forget, I can't remember because I'm busy forgetting. I guess sometimes I forget that Tony Choy was the first bassist to record with Cynic.

    I'm sure many people forget that silly person Richard Christy was excellent drumming for Death and Control Denied.

    Most people forget that Tony Williams's last album was the Arcana album "Arc of the Testimony" with Bill Laswell, Buckethead, and Pharoah Sanders. The result of this recipe is amazing...
  13. Rohoja


    Mar 7, 2014
    Perth Amboy
    Ripper Owens being in Judas Priest slips my mind sometimes, but I guess being a vocalist may not necessarily count as a musician.

    J.J. Righteous from Mushroomhead.

    And Steve Bolognese from Into Eternity.
  14. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Are you sure? I know he sang backing vocals on recordings but I'm not sure he ever toured with the band.
  15. He joined after they were up and running, was a recording and touring member, and wrote/sang lead on a couple of their hits.

    Much to the consternation of old-school Doobie fans.

    Not that he stinks, but his style is sooo much different. Open road cross country USA traveling rock and roll versus elevator music. And mumbling.

    Speaking for myself, I will never forget that Michael McDonald was a member of The Doobie Brothers.
  16. KPJ


    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    Bill Bruford was in Gong and Genesis for very breif periods.
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  17. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel both did time in Genesis too!
  18. bassman69


    Mar 13, 2005
    Youngstown, OH
    David Coverdale was in Deep Purple for 3-4 years, although i never forgot, a lot of people do.
  19. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Andy Summers of The Police was a member of The Animals at one time

    Mick Jones of Foreigner was a member of Spooky Tooth

    Gary Wright was a member of Spooky Tooth

    Ian McDonald of Foreigner was a member of King Crimson
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  20. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Denny Laine of Paul McCartney's Wings was in the early version of the Moody Blues. "Go Now" was his hit with them.