15 Bands Whose Guitarist Is the Only Original Member Left
A successful rock or metal band maintaining only one original member isn't exactly a rarity in the rock 'n' roll world. However, it is still a striking occurrence. Especially when that last remaining original member isn't the group's lead vocalist — it's a guitarist.
Off the top of your head, can you think of any of your favorite rock or metal bands that have a guitarist as the only original member left? Several influential rock artists meet that criteria, and we're here to round a bunch of them up for you.
But with just one original guitarist remaining, is it still really a band at that point, or a solo act? In many instances, the singer is a group's main creative force. But if a guitarist is the only remaining original member, one might assume that guitarist steers the artistic ship. (After all, non-singer lineup changes can also affect a band.)
So what rock and metal outfits have only one original guitarist left? Below, see a varied selection of bands that count a guitarist as the lone OG member. (And keep scrolling for a separate list of bands whose singer is the only original member left.)
Sometimes all it takes is one person to keep a rock group thriving through the years.