"We just kinda went, 'What do we do now?' " recalls guitarist Carl Bell, who remains with bassist Jeff Abercrombie from the band that formed in 1989 in Kenton, Tenn.
"We basically figured that I've written 98 percent of everything, lyrics and music, and that Jeff and I have invested way too much time in this to fold up our tents and go home. We decided there was too much work to be done with Fuel, so let's keep it going."
Original drummer Kevin Miller was fired from Fuel in 2004, while frontman Brett Scallions left in 2006, ostensibly due to vocal problems although he's now singing for Riders on the Storm with founding Doors members Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek and is part of the rock "supergroup" Circus Diablo. Fuel is soldiering on with Toryn Green in Scallions' place and former Godsmack drummer Tommy Stewart.
But Bell confirms the group briefly considered "American Idol" finalist Chris Daughtry, who performed Fuel's 2000 hit "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" on the show, as its new singer.
"Chris is a cool guy, obviously a great singer," says Bell, who co-wrote some songs for Daughtry's album. "When you're in the Top 20 or whatever on 'American Idol,' they get first right of refusal, and they exercised their option on him, so that decision was made for us.
"Great and fine and no worries. He's doing well on his own, which is cool to see, and we're thrilled with having Toryn in the band."
Fuel, Trapt, Framing Hanley and Endeverafter perform Monday (Oct. 22) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mt. Clemens. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 day of show. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheatre.com.
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