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 Posted: Fri Apr 5th, 2013 06:37 pm
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The practice of not replacing long term departed members while keeping regular touring/session guys on the payroll without cutting them into the band's business entity as partners is fairly common for major bands with a lot of money at stake.

- Ron Wood joined the Stones in 1975. However, despite public appearances, he didn't earn full membership status until Bill Wyman left in 1991. That enabled Wood to effectively take Wyman's share without Jagger, Richards and Watts having to give up any of their percentage. Darryl Jones came in bass for the Stones not long afterwards and is still a hired gun, not a member.

- When Kenney Jones joined The Who, he was granted full membership status at the insistance of Pete Townshend. This infuriated Roger Daltrey who wanted the percentage that once belonged to Keith Moon spread among the remaining members instead of parceled out to Kenney. When Jones was excluded from later reunions (he may techinically still have a piece of the band), The Who didn't cut in Zak Starkey, his replacement and the group's long running drummer to date.

- Starkey also didn't get full membership status when he drummed for Oasis in the early to mid 2000s as a replacement for Alan White. Despite Gem Archer and Andy Bell getting public membership staus as replacements for Bonehead and Guigsy, the only members in the business end by then were the Gallagher brothers. 

- Scott Thurston and Steve Ferrone are Heartbreakers, but I think only Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, and Benmont Tench are in the partnership. Ron Blair left in 1982 and came back around 2000 when Howie Epstein melted down. I'm not sure how his membership status works.

- A few more come to mind. Train is down to three "real" members with sidemen filling in otherwise. At this point Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy are the only members of The Cult with full status. Art Alexakis is effectively Everclear and Billy Corgan is effectively Smashing Pumpkins, neither working with any other original members and employing sidemen.