10 Bands That Went on Tour Without a Member: Fifth Harmony, Spice Girls and More

The show must go on! The bands in this gallery have all toured or announced tours without one of their stars, whether the outcasts in question left on their own accord or not. Sometimes these band breakups are amicable, but usually, the drama is turned up to 11. Flip through the photos to see famous examples of musical chairs in the music biz.

Nine months after Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony, the girl group’s remaining four members embarked on a protracted PSA tour in 2017 before splitting up to pursue solo careers.

Similarly, the remaining four members of One Direction finished out their On the Road Again tour in 2015 after Zayn Malik quit the group after two months on the road. Following the conclusion of that tour, the British boy band broke up for good.

The Backstreet Boys are a quintet again these days, but during Kevin Richardson’s sojourn as a solo artist between 2007 and 2012, the pop group performed the Unbreakable and This Is Us tours.

British girl group the Spice Girls will be reuniting in 2019 for their first tour in more than a decade, but Victoria Beckham will not be among them: The artist formerly known as Posh Spice is focusing on her fashion label these days.

The Killers announced in 2017 that guitarists Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer would sit out of the rock band’s Wonderful Wonderful World tour, with Keuning wanting to spend time with his family and Stoermer deciding to go back to college.

Queen is still touring, despite the 1991 death of lead singer Freddie Mercury and the 1997 retirement of bass guitarist John Deacon. In recent years, Adam Lambert has been fronting the British rock group.

The Eagles founding member Glenn Frey died in 2016, but the classic rock band soldiered on for a North American tour in 2018, then announced a worldwide tour for 2019.

Fleetwood Mac have always been a revolving door of musicians, but until recently, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was a mainstay. The pop-rock group reportedly fired Buckingham in April 2018 and then announced the An Evening With Fleetwood Mac tour that same month.

Smashing Pumpkins’ former bassist D’arcy Wretzky, who left the band in 1999, claimed in 2018 that lead singer Billy Corgan had invited her to join the alt-rock group on their Shiny and Oh So Bright tour but only in a “special appearance” capacity. She did not participate.

Lead singer Steve Perry left Journey in 1998, and in recent years the arena rock band have been recording and touring with Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who originally performed in a Journey cover band.


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