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- There was at one time a rumor that Little Steven Van Zandt had fallen victim to this when he left Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 1984 (rejoining in 1999). Allegedly, a number of songs on the Born in the USA album were re-recorded with Springsteen on lead guitar instead of Van Zandt. In actuality, Van Zandt left before he would have had the chance to appear on those sessions. In any case, Springsteen always played a lot of the lead guitar on his albums even while having another dedicated guitarist in the band.
- When Michelle Phillips briefly left The Mamas and the Papas during the recording of their self-titled second album, her parts were recorded by producer Lou Adler's girlfriend, Jill Gibson. Phillips returned before the album was released, and re-recorded at least some of her parts. It remains a matter of dispute as to how many songs on the final album feature which singer.
- The vocals on Black Sabbath album The Eternal Idol were initially recorded by Ray Gillen, but he quit due to personal financial difficulties (among other problems) just before the release and Tony Martin was then hired to rerecord in a nick of time.note
- Ozzy Osbourne was at one point sued by his former bandmembers Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake for unpaid royalties. When the albums featuring them (Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman) were reissued in 2002, their parts were rerecorded by Ozzy's then-current members.
- Glen Matlock is simultaneously on both sides of this trope. He was replaced by Sid Vicious when the rest of the band decided they couldn't stand him halfway through the recording of their only (studio) album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. Then, they found out that Sid was often strung out on various drugs, and when he was sober he was completely incompetent as a bassist. So they called Matlock back to finish the session. Though Vicious is officially credited on the album, the other band members have confessed that they did their best to keep him away from the studio, allowing guitarist Steve Jones to joke that this proved very easy since Sid was suffering from hepatitis, and he was only allowed a small bass part on "Bodies", which was promptly buried in the mix. The actual bass performances on Never Mind the Bollocks were recorded by Matlock and Jones.
- Kiss has done a lot of this over the years, as members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss had drug and alcohol issues that affected their playing:
- The majority of the drums on the Dynasty and Unmasked albums were played by Anton Fig, best known as the drummer for David Letterman's house band.
- Many times, they brought in other guitarists to fill in for Ace. Most notably, many of the studio tracks on Alive II and the "reunion" album, Psycho Circus, were handled by longtime friend of the band, Bob Kulick (Bob's brother, Bruce, would play in the band from 1984 to 1996).
- Their only album with Mark St. John on guitar, Animalize, had two songs (Lonely Is The Hunter, Murder In High Heels) with his future replacement, Bruce Kulick, playing lead guitar.
- According to Peter Criss, many of the bass parts on their albums were actually handled by Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley instead of Lead Bassist Gene Simmons.
- Ministry side project 1000 Homo DJs recorded a cover of Black Sabbath's "Supernaut" featuring Trent Reznor on vocals. Reznor was having a contract dispute with his label, TVT, and they refused to allow the song to be released. Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen re-recorded the vocal part himself. note The version with Reznor's vocal was eventually released, after TVT acquired the rights to 1000 Homo DJs' recordings.
- Chris Connelly first collaborated with Al Jourgensen when Jourgensen had asked him to add vocals and lyrics to an instrumental he'd written... That instrumental recording was later turned into "I Will Refuse" by Pailhead, with Ian MacKaye on vocals and completely different lyrics. Connelly's version was later featured on a self-curated rarities album called Initials C.C., where it was credited to Revolting Cocksnote and titled "Stick". Connelly would say of the experience that "it was an honor to be erased by Ian".
- Listing all the examples where a movie's music is replaced could fill a book and has, but some choice ones are 2001: A Space Odyssey (Alex North's music was junked after Stanley Kubrick fell in love with the temp track), The Exorcist (director William Friedkin so hated what Lalo Schifrin wrote that he threw the tapes into the studio parking lot, going for another temp track instead), Battle Of Britain (Sir William Walton's score was replaced with a new effort by Ron Goodwin, although one Walton cue was retained after his friend Laurence Olivier threatened to take his name off the film) and Chinatown (Philip Lambro's score had a replacement by Jerry Goldsmith).
- Due to the punishing production schedule of Stock Aitken Waterman acts, Miriam Stockley was drafted in to hit notes that the actual stars couldn't. This especially affects Kylie Minogue's hits - an inexperienced singer with a thin soprano voice who had to fly from Australia to the UK to record a song that was brand new to her and then get back on the plane again two hours later, it's testament to the talent of all involved that the vast majority of the singing on the SAW albums is Kylie. "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi" is an easy song to spot Miriam in - you can hear Kylie's voice cut out after 'I'm wondering why...' (the cut is mid-vowel and obscured with a lot of reverb effects and BVs), and on the chorus, it's Miriam, who has a noticeably fuller and huskier tone.
- Bad Brains originally recorded the album Quickness with Taj Singleton on vocals and Mackie Jayson on drums. Shortly after finishing the recording, HR and Earl Hudson, the group's original singer and drummer, rejoined the band; Singleton's vocals were erased and HR wrote new lyrics and melodies for the already completed music. Jayson's original drum tracks remained on the album, but he was left uncredited and the group photo used for the cover art featured Earl Hudson instead of him.
- Original Dead Cross vocalist Gabe Serbian left the band shortly after they finished recording their debut album. Mike Patton took over as vocalist, recording new vocals and lyrics for the music the band already finished.
- Cats: The London cast originally had Judi Dench double-cast as Jennyanydots and Grizabella. Dench tore an Achilles tendon during rehearsals, then compounded it by falling off stage. Her roles were later split, Jennyanydots with Myra Sands and Grizabella with Elaine Page.
- With The Phantom of the Opera Steve Harley, a UK singer trying to make a comeback, was in running for the role of the Phantom — so much so that he recorded the original single of the "Phantom of the Opera" title song. However, the tone and the musical style of the show changed considerably after this, and he was sacked just before rehearsals began and replaced with Michael Crawford. Needless to say, the comeback never happened.
- A third Lloyd Webber example came in the form of Roger Moore, who was going to play the character of George in Aspects of Love, but dropped out after deciding his voice wasn't up to the job. His understudy, Kevin Colson, took the part instead.
- The Ur-Example for Lloyd Webber must be his adaptation of Sunset Boulevard. Broadway star Patti LuPone was promised the lead in the original Broadway production, but was ultimately replaced by Glenn Close from the LA production. The ensuing lawsuit crippled the Broadway production, which closed after two years at a huge loss despite high ticket sales. Similarly, Close's replacement in LA was meant to be Faye Dunaway. During rehearsals it was decided that her voice wasn't what they wanted and they elected to shut down instead of recasting. Dunaway sued and settled for an undisclosed sum.
- Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark cycled through many principal actors because of its constant delays and unfortunate production mishaps. At one point, Jim Sturgess was attached to play Spider-Man, with Evan Rachel-Wood as Mary-Jane and Alan Cumming as the Green Goblin.
- In the world premiere of the musical First Date at Seattle's ACT Theatre, Casey was originally supposed to be played by Kendra Kassebaum (one of the many Glindas in Wicked), but she got called back to NYC for a different show and was replaced by Kelly Karbacz.
- Marlon Brando reprised his role as Don Corleone and recorded new dialogue for EA's 2006 video game The Godfather. Due to his failing health, the studio was forced to turn to a soundalike.
- Al Pacino was set to reprise his role as Tony Montana for Scarface: The World Is Yours. However, when it was discovered that years of smoking had damaged his vocal cords to the point where he could no longer sound like Montana, Pacino personally handpicked André Sogliuzzo to replace him.
- Clive Barker's Undying: The game's original premise had the hero as a tattooed, muscle-bound shaman versed in the ancient arts. When Clive Barker came aboard, the first thing he had the development team do was overhaul the hero into Irish paranormal investigator Patrick Galloway, wisely deciding that an everyman hero would work much better for the story (not to mention the Author Appeal factor). The hero's original design didn't go to waste, however: he can be seen as the Trsanti shaman wielding the Gel'ziabar Stone in the flashback cutscene.
- In Borderlands 2, Gaige the Mechromancer is a pretty unique example, as she has two voices in the final version. The first is Luci Christian, who is also credited for the role in the main game's end credits, and the second is Cherami Leigh. Originally, Christian was to voice the character entirely. However, after she had recorded most of her lines, Gearbox Software decided to recast the role. When Gaige was released as a DLC character, all of Christian's original lines were left in by mistake, along with all the lines written and recorded after Leigh had been cast.
- Destiny managed to pull a retroactive version of this. Peter Dinklage's voicing of the player's Ghost companion was poorly received by fans. When the character required new dialogue for expansion packs, the developers used Nolan North instead. They then had him re-record all of the original dialogue as well so that Dinklage's performance could be patched out of the game completely. Word of God claims that Dinklage was replaced because his busy Hollywood schedule made it extremely difficult to get him for the short notice work that video game voice acting requires (especially a "live" game like Destiny).
- In Far Cry 3, Jason was originally going to be voiced by Elias Toufexis, who ended up doing two years worth of voice work for the game. After the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, where Toufexis voiced protagonist Adam Jensen, Ubisoft replaced Toufexis with Gianpaolo Venuta since, in the words of the former, "they didn't want people playing this game and thinking of another game". Toufexis would later voice the lead in the spinoff title Far Cry Primal.
- For a strange example of this happening with a Universal-Adaptor Cast, Kingdom Hearts was originally written so that Rikku, from Final Fantasy X, would appear as Leon's assistant, and Vincent, from Final Fantasy VII, would be Hades's undead champion. For various reasons,note the roles were recast with the Final Fantasy VII characters Yuffie and Cloud. This is still noticeable in Yuffie's costume, which is a variation of Rikku's outfit from her original appearance; and while Cloud's costume was more revised, it is an obvious amalgam of his and Vincent's costumes from their original appearances.
- Final Fantasy:
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy (2015), outsourced to a different company with a different art team to the previous Dissidia games, reportedly had serious problems getting Cloud to look right. Early trailers for the game showed a somewhat shiny, elfin-looking Cloud which met with negative reception amongst members of staff, who complained that "something was off" about him and that he looked creepy. One person from Team Ninja complained in an interview with Famitsu that they 'must have remade Cloud's face a hundred times' due to inability to get him to look like the character.
- Final Fantasy XV's lengthy Troubled Production and numerous rewrites resulted in a lot of these:
- Early promo material focused heavily on Noctis's girlfriend, Stella Nox Fleuret, who was hyped up as having a strong, Silk Hiding Steel personality and the most important role in the story. Her charismatic design and comparisons to previous fan favorite Celes from Final Fantasy VI led to the fanbase getting attached to her. As XV's Development Hell creaked on, it was Retooled into a game about four guys on a road trip, and Stella's role became ancillary. Feeling that it would be disrespectful to Stella and the fans to use her in a drastically diminished role, she was replaced with a new character called Lunafreya Nox Fleuret.
- Emperor Iedolas Aldercapt was originally going to be voiced by Shinji Ogawa. After Ogawa's death during the game's development, his dialogue was rerecorded by Shozo Iizuka.
- The game also ran into problems where Ink-Suit Actor child actors would age out of being able to perform their roles by the time rewrites necessitated new recordings, requiring recasts.
- Many characters were designed for one particular role, which was then cut, and the character was instead placed in a different part. Gentiana had been designed to be a charismatic female enemy, but appears in the eventual game as a helpful "messenger of the Gods". Umbra had been designed as the dog-form of 'a group of ninja assassins that can transform into dogs', but appears in game as a pet dog (with some magical abilities). Aranea was supposed to be the leader of a unit of lady Dragoons, but is a solo mercenary in the eventual game. Loqi had been designed to be a prominent side villain, but ends up in the eventual game as a minor boss who is only fought as the pilot of a generic mech enemy.
- Tak and the Power of Juju: Jason Marsden recorded lines for the Dead/Party Juju before he was replaced by Rob Paulsen late in development in the first game. Marsden's version of "Nice job, little dude!" was left in a commercial.
- In the beta release of Star Wars Battlefront II (2017), Rey was voiced by Helen Sadler. By the time the game hit stores, she was replaced by Rey's original actress, Daisy Ridley.
- When the trailer for Stupid Mario Brothers Animated was released, all the voices were done by Rich Alvarez. When the first episode was released, the very same scene instead had Chris Muller reprising his role as Luigi, and Rich's wife Jackie voicing Peach.
- This is parodied in Homestar Runner / Strong Bad Email #177 Original, where Strong Bad retcons casting changes for Bubs and fabricates various behind the scenes conflicts and fan reactions. Pummeling Ensues when Bubs finds out.