- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 21, 2006

British rock legends the Who will turn up tomorrow at Pimlico Race Course for the Virgin Festival, minus deceased drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle. The loss of such key personnel stopped Led Zeppelin in its tracks and persuaded the surviving Beatles never to reunite without John Lennon. The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, however, carry on, and risk the fate of many an entertainment brand that has been hopelessly diluted by hapless “replacements.”

Timothy Dalton — His stint as James Bond in the early ‘90s was short-lived, lasting just two movies. Can you say “License to Kill” a franchise?

Gary Cherone — Pop-metal rockers Van Halen enjoyed phenomenal success with both founding singer David Lee Roth and his replacement, Sammy Hagar. The band’s third singer, formerly of the band Extreme, was decidedly not the charm.

C.J. Ramone — “Ramones” was a clever collective stage name under which New York’s Ur-punk rockers traveled for more than 20 years. Yet C.J. (born Christopher Joseph Ward), successor to original bassist Dee Dee Ramone, turned the band’s venerable name into something more like inflated currency.

Byron Cherry/Christopher Mayer — A 1982 contract dispute with CBS led to this Hazzard County, Ga., travesty, as cousins “Coy” and “Vance” vainly tried to fill the boots of Bo and Luke Duke.

“Curly Joe” DeRita — For many “Three Stooges” fans, the appearance of Shemp Howard in the third and final sketch meant it was a bad day of reruns. But with Joe Besser and then, finally, Mr. DeRita, the replacement Stooge problem went from bad to worse to worst.”.



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