This past weekend at KROQ’s Weenie Roast, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington stepped into Scott Weiland’s shoes as the new singer for Stone Temple Pilots. Judging from the lukewarm chaos that ensued online, it’s not a decision that’s been accepted with “Open Arms”.
That inspired us to list our top five best and worst replacement singers in music history. Now, mind you, we wanted to keep each choice to one name — otherwise we would have just listed every Dead Kennedys frontman that didn’t go by Jello Biafra — so hopefully that clears up some confusion.
And before you reply, “What? No women?” Here’s something that female singer-songwriters can celebrate everywhere: They’re irreplaceable. Really, we couldn’t think of one female singer that fit either side of the line, which, technically, is a major compliment. We think.
Anyways, debate, suggest, or sing.