Blink-182 soldiers on sans a founding member. Here are four more bands who did the same.

Blink, and DeLonges Gone

Written by Jason P. Woodbury Category: Arts Issue: September 2016
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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Blink-182 has proved its staying power. Formed in California in 1992, the band became MTV’s Total Request Live favorites in the late ‘90s and established an enduring template for radio-friendly pop-punk – melodic, often bratty and unnervingly catchy. This year, the band released California, its first album without co-founder Tom DeLonge (who was replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba), which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. In advance of Blink’s September 24th stop at Ak-Chin Pavilion, we have the rundown on other bands that replaced pivotal members – for better or worse. 

– Jason P. Woodbury

Van Halen 

In 1985, Van Halen was one of the biggest bands in the world – kings of SoCal party rock. The departure of lead singer David Lee Roth could have sidelined the band’s momentum, but the public loved replacement Sammy Hagar, who led the band to four more No. 1 albums over the course of his tenure. 

Smashing Pumpkins 

Billy Corgan’s wounded psyche and underdog grudge has always been at the core of the Pumpkins’ sound, but following the Chicago band’s 2000 breakup, he reconvened the group sans guitarist James Iha and bassist D’arcy Wretzky. The band’s comeback record Zeitgeist wasn’t terrible, but proved how valuable their presence was


When Long Beach songwriter Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996, his fellow Sublime bandmates Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh did the natural thing and moved on. But in 2009 they recruited singer Rome Ramirez and relaunched as Sublime with Rome. A few years later, Gaugh bailed too, meaning the band currently playing festivals features only one-third of the original Sublime trio.

Stone Temple Pilots 

The late Scott Weiland was legendarily unstable, but also occasionally brilliant. Following his ousting in 2013, STP replaced him with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, releasing the forgettable High Rise EP before he, too, left.