Ever wondered how changes in line-up affect the rights to names? For instance, Queen without Freddie… is it still Queen? And let’s not even start on Guns N’ Roses:
AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO The Axl Rose Edict
If the lead singer of the band is also the creative force, that individual may assemble any group of musicians and perform under the original name. Therefore, a Guns Nâ€™ Roses with only Axl Rose is still GNâ€™R.
Rolling Stone Rock and Roll Daily attempts to explain it all in this article – Rules for the Fair Use of Important Band Names