When a lead singer is replaced, chances are a lot of people are not gonna be happy about it.
Over the years, Steve Perry was replaced in Journey first by Steve Augeri, then Jeff Scott Soto, and now Arnel Pineda has the job. Styx replaced Dennis DeYoung with Lawrence Gowan. Sammy Hagar took over for David Lee Roth in Van Halen, Jimi Jamison entered when Dave Bickler left Survivor and Michael McDonald stepped in for Tom Johnston as the head Doobie Brothers singer. Obviously some changes were more successful than others.
önwall has taken up the vocal duties from original lead singer Kenny Leckremo, for the Swedish band H.E.A.T.
After a very successful self-titled initial release in 2008, their 2010 CD Freedom Rock built on their popularity, but had a different type of production and style. Enter Erik Grönwall for lead vocals on the third studio album by H.E.A.T., entitled Address The Nation.
For shits and giggles, let's do a little comparison of vocal styles of the two.
Featuring Kenny Leckremo:
"There for You"
With new lead singer Erik Grönwall:
"Better Off Alone"
Since he joined the band in 2010, there has been enough passage of time for Grönwall to turn around the initial resistance. Whether that translates to continued success...we will wait and see.
In the meantime, take a listen.