3 band members who left, only to return

Recently images of Paramore have been flying around internet, featuring front-woman Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who worked with Paramore on their 2013 self-titled album, eating alongside former drummer Zac Farro.

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Zac Farro left Paramore in December 2010 and has since been plying his trade with Half Noise, as well as brief spell as part of Novel American. Although his return is yet to be confirmed, these photos seem to suggest that he is once again part of the band he was a founding member of back in 2004, at the age of only 14!

We’ve decided to take a look at some other musicians who left their respective bands only to make a return further down the line.

Dave ‘Brownsound’ Baksh – Sum 41 (1998-2006; 2015-present)

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We all remember that iconic moment, watching Sum 41‘s ‘In Too Deep’ video on Kerrang! or, if you’re really old (like me!), P-Rock TV- yes, that’s right children, there was actually a TV station dedicated to punk rock! – where Dave Baksh, or ‘Brownsound’ as he’s lovingly known, rises from a swimming performing the greatest water-based guitar solo you have ever seen!

But water-dwelling antics aside, in the summer of 2006 Baksh announced he was leaving Sum 41, the reason being that he had become frustrated with a “soulless” and “heartless” music industry and claimed that “it was so little about actually playing music, that I just lost interest.” Another reason for his departure was the creation of new band Brown Brigade formed with his cousin Vaughn.

Then, seemingly out of the blue in July 2015, Baksh appeared with Sum 41 at their comeback show at the Alternative Press Music Awards. The appearance got fans’ hopes up of permanent return- and they weren’t left disappointed! A month later it was confirmed that he would reunited with the band and be part of their up-and-coming studio release.

John Frusciante – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1988-1992; 1998-2009)

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After the death of guitarist Hillel Slovak, remaining Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) members Anthony Kiedis and Flea were still keen to continue. After trying out a few different musicians they turned to drummer Chad Smith and long-time fan, guitarist John Frusciante. Frusciante appeared on their next two records- 1989’s Mother’s Milk and 1991’s massively successful Blood Sugar Sex Magik. But the bands popularity was all too much for Frusciante, so he decided to leave while the band where on tour in Japan.

During his time with RHCP, Frusciante had developed several drug addictions, most notably heroin, cocaine and alcohol. Things got worse for him in his time away from RHCP and, after years of addiction, he decided to go to Las Encinas, a drug rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena to get clean. On hearing of his change in lifestyle he was contacted by RHCP, who where on the verge of break up after firing guitarist Dave Navarro. Kiedis calmed the only way he would continue with band is “if we got John back in the band.” He accepted, and they made 1999’s hit album Californication. Reunited with Frusciante, they went onto make another two albums together, including 2002’s By The Way, before he once again departed in July 2009.

Pat Smear – Foo Fighters (1994-1997; 2005-present)

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Our first real introduction to Pat Smear was as the second guitarist in Nirvana. Smear joined Nirvana as a touring musician during 1993 after receiving a phone call from front-man Kurt Cobain. After Cobain’s death in April 1994, Smear joined Nirvana’s drummer Dave Grohl who was working on a new project that later became known as Foo Fighters– although Smear didn’t actually play on a Foo Fighters record until their 1997 release The Colour and the Shape.

Smear left the band in 1997 and was fairly quiet on the scene during in his time away. In 2001 he approached Grohl about the possibility of returning, but current guitarist Chris Shiflett felt uneasy at the prospect as he had effectively replaced him. It was made clear by Grohl that if Smear was to return it would be as session/touring guitarist and, in 2005, that’s exactly what happened. It wasn’t until 2010 that Smear was fully reintegrated into the bands line up.


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