When Donald Fagan released a statement mourning and celebrating his Steely Dan bandmate, Walter Becker, he seemed to infer that he would continue on with the Steely Dan band in honor of Walter. This brought about a discussion at the radio station, should bands continue on when a key member or a founding member dies?
The Who continues to tour despite the fact that both Keith Moon (drums) and John Entwistle (bass) have passed on.
The Eagles have added new members of their line-up, Deacon Fry (Glenn Fry’s son) and Vince Gill, after Glenn Frey’s passing. The band played the Classic East and Classic West concerts with that lineup and decided to add additional dates with that lineup to their schedules.
One of the greatest frontmen ever, Freddie Mercury, died in 1991. The band recorded new material (‘The Cosmos Rocks’) and toured with Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers. They just wrapped up their second US Tour with Adam Lambert filling Mercury’s role.
Tell us what you think about all of this and feel free to let us know what bands shouldn’t continue on if one of their key members were to pass away.