Five Replacement Lead Singers Even Weirder Than Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington
1. Paul McCartney joins Nirvana
Okay, okay, okay, it wasn't actually called Nirvana with Mac--it was just Dave Grohl and Krist Novaselic and Pat Smear. But the bewildered reaction to Paul McCartney fronting, uh, those guys, and playing a song in, uh, that genre is evidence of just how weird these not-quite-reunions can make us feel.
If it were just Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney the result, "Cut Me Some Slack," might not have sounded appreciably different. But it wouldn't have inspired so much fear, uncertainty, and doubt--it just would have been Paul McCartney playing a grungey song on a weird-looking guitar and showing he still has the "Helter Skelter" register of his voice.
If Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington were just a Chester Bennington side project with a lot of STP influences--even if it had all the other members--nobody would be particularly bothered by it. If Sublime with Rome were Rome with One Sublime Guy, and they just happened to cover "What I Got," there'd be no fandom angst.
But when you invoke the name of the band, you're on notice--even if you're a remarkably well-preserved member of The Beatles.
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