4. CRAIG MABBITT (ESCAPE THE FATE)
In a feud that would give Van Hagar a run for their money, Escape The Fate kicked out their then-incarcerated singer Ronnie Radke, and brought in ex-Blessthefall vocalist Craig Mabbitt—and the internet was never the same again. (See the comment section of any Escape The Fate YouTube video.) While the fan reception was mixed—including fans wearing “Team Ronnie” T-shirts to ETF shows—prior to Mabbitt’s arrival, the band were quite literally on the brink of breaking up. Since then, they have released three post-Radke albums. Ronnie went on to have success with his band Falling In Reverse, Escape The Fate are still going strong, and everyone’s happy.
5. MICHAEL “JAG” JAGMIN (A SKYLIT DRIVE)
To be fair, the band had only released one EP with former vocalist Jordan Blake, but this was still a pretty huge deal for ASD fans at the time. After briefly touring with Jonny Craig as a replacement and signing with Fearless Records, the band selected Michael “Jag” Jagmin as their vocalist. A Skylit Drive have released four full-length albums with Jag.
6. BEAU BOKAN (BLESSTHEFALL)
Following the departure of Craig Mabbitt, Blessthefall were in dire need of a dynamic frontman, and Bokan just came in like a wrecking Beau. Shortly after, Fearless Records continued their consolidation of power by signing Blessthefall, and the band have been growing stronger ever since.
7. TILIAN PEARSON (SAOSIN/EMAROSA/DANCE GAVIN DANCE)
Although not an official member of all these bands, for a time, Tilian Pearson was the ultimate gun-for-hire. After becoming the frontrunner for Saosin’s next frontman, the singer had a falling out with his then-band Tides Of Man. After the recoding of two demos featuring Pearson and his inclusion in the plans for a third Saosin LP, fans were juiced. But nothing more ever came out of the collaboration, and Pearson went on to tour with Emarosa following the departure of troubled ex-singer Jonny Craig. After his brief stint with Emarosa, Pearson followed the Jonny Craig trail of destruction to Dance Gavin Dance which he now calls home. The group recently released their first LP with Pearson, Acceptance Speech. ALT