Replacing a frontman in a successful band is no easy feat.

Take J.D. Fortune, a Canadian who became the lead for Australian rock group INXS, chosen by the band in a reality show competition called Rock Star: INXS in the late ’00s.

Or Gary Cherone, who joined hard rock outfit Van Halen in the late ’90s after the band’s manager invited him to audition in the midst of a botched reunion with original singer David Lee Roth. Cherone was spotted in a group called Extreme, who were just about to break up.

Both Fortune and Cherone are no longer playing with those bands. Read more…

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