The situation with Warrant is different because of the death of frontman Jani Lane. However in my mind the “new” Warrant is “the guys who used to be Warrant”. Simply because I equate the band name with Jani. I get that the name is established and has a fan base but to hear someone else singing Jani’s songs, or new songs under the name Warrant just doesn’t interest me.
The same goes for Skid Row. there is positively no other frontman like Sebastian Bach. The other members of the band are amazing as well, and I loved when all of them were together. But to me Skid Row without Sebastian on the mic is just plain wrong. Then again Sebastian solo is also just wrong to me. I’m not the only one who feels this way as has been evidenced by all the fans begging for Skid Row to reunite. Again, while the new frontman, (and there have been a few), isn’t a bad singer he’s just not Sebastian and that lineup shouldn’t be called Skid Row.
Many of the nu-gen bands have had to deal with lineup changes just when they are getting noticed. This makes it difficult for fans to form an attachment to a specific lineup which in turn makes it difficult for the bands to achieve the success they deserve. Crashdiet and Santa Cruz are just a few that come to mind.
So, what’s in a name? For some fans the name is everything because that name is associated with the lineup and the artists that we have spent money on, have read about and followed on social media. Most of the time I have no interest in a bands that have split and created two separate groups or replace members left and right while keeping the same name.