Wilson said that it’s harder for a band to continue when a lead singer is replaced, but bands still do it. Journey, the 1970s and ’80s rockers behind “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Wheel in the Sky” is one band that replaced its lead singer twice and still played to big crowds, including Heart’s on recent tours.
“As Journey guitarist Neal Schon once said to me, ‘Journey breaks singers’,” Wilson said. “Replacement singer Arnel Paneda was amazing in that job, it’s not an easy job to fill at all. In the first place, you have to be somebody else. At the time we were with them, I can remember thinking it would be perfect if original singer Steve Perry was here, but they really sounded great.”
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