Finding Replacements Quickly
There is a common impression that it is taking longer than ever before for groups to find replacement vocalists after a member departs. Several weeks ago, reader and frequent commenter Josh posted a comment to this effect. He got me thinking.
It’s probably true that we are now seeing the longest interval between when we find out about a group member change and when we find out about a replacement. I’m not sure, though, that this necessarily means that it is taking groups longer to find replacements.
Here’s why: Years ago, before social media, we often wouldn’t find out about a member change until a replacement had been hired and the official press release had been issued. In this era of social media, groups or the departing member often post news of a departure the same day a decision is made—often two weeks or more before a group member’s final day. Even groups that aren’t socially active aren’t immune from news getting out early: As often as not, word will spread on social media as soon as a fill-in appears on stage with a group.
So is it really that it’s taking groups longer to find replacements? Or is it just that we’re hearing about departures sooner?