Bands Who Had Members Who Swapped Main Instruments

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  1. side3

    side3 Younger Than Yesterday Thread Starter

    Tulsa, OK
    I was thinking about the Raspberries. On their first album (Raspberries), Eric Carmen played bass while David Smalley played rhythm guitar. By the second album, Fresh, Eric Carmen had switched to play rhythm guitar while David Smalley was now on bass.

    I can think of a couple other bands where something like this happened. I have seen a post similar to this, but I am not looking at a member who switched because someone left (say Paul McCartney taking up bass when Stuart Sutcliffe left The Beatles), but members who swapped duties.

    Anyone else know of any others?
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  2. rockerreds

    rockerreds Forum Resident

    David Crosby went from bass to rhythm guitar in The Byrds.
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  3. Canuck rock-pop act Sloan are known for regularly swapping instruments amongst themselves.
  4. kouzie

    kouzie Forum Resident

    Batavia, IL
    Out of Time/Automatic for the People era R.E.M. saw this happen quite a bit. Live, Sloan members swap out instruments quite a bit.
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  5. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips swapped drums for...
    well, ...EVERYTHING!
  6. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    Sebadoh (now it's just Lou and Jason doing it, but when Eric was in the band all three guys swapped instruments)
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  7. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    Oradell NJ
    The Band would swap instruments on stage.
  8. marc with a c

    marc with a c Forum Resident

    Orlando, FL

    and they’re still doing it!
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  9. DaveinMA

    DaveinMA Forum Resident

  10. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    • Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band: Rockette Morton move from bass to guitar during the Clear Spot period.
    • The Rolling Stones: Brian Jones went from guitarist to utility player during the 66-67 period. And of course the occasions where someone else would fill in on bass.
    • The Mothers Of Invention/Zappa: Ian Underwood Would alternate between winds and keyboards depending on the occasion and era.
    • King Crimson: Bill Reiflin moved from center drummer to full time keyboardist in 2016. And of course Ian MacDonald would alternate between winds/keys/guitar, Fripp between guitar and Mellotron, and Tony Levin between bass/Chapman Stick/synthesizer.
  11. BadJack

    BadJack Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    Lol Tolhurst from The Cure moved from drums to keyboards.

    EDIT: but now that I reread your post, I don't think that's what you're asking. Sorry.
  12. BroJB

    BroJB Forum Resident

    Stooges. Ron Asheton moved to Bass when James Williamson joined.
  13. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Yes! Forgot that one (shows what kind of Stooges fan I am)
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  14. reddyempower

    reddyempower Forum Resident

    columbus, oh, usa
    Chris Hillman -guitar to bass in Flying Burrito Bros
    Gene Clark- tambourine to guitar in Byrds( counting reunions album) although you could argue he played guitar originally before Crosby talked him out
    Chris Dreja- R guitar to bass in Yardbirds
    Jimmy Page- bass to guitar in Yarbirds
    Phil Collins- drums to vocals/drums in Genesis
  15. Say It Right

    Say It Right Not for the Hearing Impaired

    Niagara Falls
    Steve Winwood, Traffic and solo, played keyboards and lead guitar (+ bass & drums some of his own records).
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  16. Mumdad

    Mumdad Forum Resident

    I'm not sure if they still do but years back ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead used to swap instruments quite a bit during shows.
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  17. majorlance

    majorlance How do you call your loverboy?

    Collingswood, NJ
    Whenever The Clash performed The Guns of Brixton, Paul Simonon would switch instruments with Joe Strummer (Paul on rhythm guitar and Joe on bass). Which was always a hoot, since Paul was taller than Joe & his bass would hang down around Joe's knees.

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  18. Mr wiggles

    Mr wiggles Forum Resident

    So did the beta band
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  19. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    So did Metallica. It's quite the little showstopper. Not sure if they still do it.
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  20. Thunderman

    Thunderman Forum Resident

    New York
    U2 when performing the song "40" in the early days would have Edge switch to bass and Adam switch to guitar. I wonder if they still do it that way.

  21. Suncola

    Suncola Forum Resident

    NW Indiana U.S.A.
    Pete Sears and David Frieberg of Jefferson Starship traded 0ff bass and keyboard duties.
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  22. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    Pretty sure I've seen live footage of Edgar Winter swapping instruments several times during the same song. Was is Frankenstein?

    Robert Wyatt switched from drums to keyboards, due to his accident.
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  23. JDeanB

    JDeanB Forum Resident

    Charlotte, NC USA
    Tom Evans of Badfinger switched from rhythm guitar to bass.
  24. neilpatto

    neilpatto Forum Resident

    Leeds, UK
    Field Music do it all the time during live shows, David Brewis and his brother Peter alternative between drums and guitar (and lead vocals too).
  25. blastfurniss

    blastfurniss Forum Resident

    Marion, OH, USA
    First band I thought of. For those who don't know, all 4 members write and sing. During live shows drummer Andrew Scott will come out from behind his kit and strap on a guitar while bassist Chris Murphy moves behind the kit and guitarist Jay Ferguson moves to bass. Only guitar player Patrick Pentland stays on his primary instrument during their shows.

    Blackie Lawless of WASP moved from bass to guitar a couple albums into their career.

    On Lodger David Bowie had musicians swap instruments on Boys Keep Swinging. I believe drummer Dennis Davis went to bass and guitarist Carlos Alomar went to drums.
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