Supergroups: 10 Bands That Sprang From Other Bands
Ted Nugent, strangely missing Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw
Photo by Marc Brubaker
From the remnants of other great bands are often birthed more great bands. Oftentimes these little side projects go under the radar unless you are a hardcore fan, or the new band itself gains a lot of airplay or word of mouth.
Either way, some of the greatest rock bands of all time have been birthed out of other groups.
10. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Formed by the Byrds' David Crosby, Buffalo Springfield's Steven Stills and Neil Young, and Graham Nash of the Hollies, this band has enjoyed a rather illustrious career with a performance at the original Woodstock in 1969, and a string of hits such as the extremely political "Ohio."
9. The Traveling Wilburys: When you combine the efforts of Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, ELO's Jeff Lynne and session ace Jim Keltner, you get the Traveling Wilbury's. Sadly the original lineup only lasted one album due to Orbison's death due to a heart attack at the age of 52 in 1988. But not only were the Wilburys a supergroup, but each member took on his own new persona: George Harrison as Nelson Wilbury, Jeff Lynne as Otis Wilbury, Tom Petty as Charlie T. Wilbury Jr., Roy Orbison as Lefty Wilbury and Bob Dylan as Lucky Wilbury.
8. Velvet Revolver: Comprising former members of Guns N' Roses (Duff McKagan, Slash), Stone Temple Pilots lead vocalist Scott Weiland, and Wasted Youth's David Kushner; Velvet Revolver was one of the greatest supergroups for headbangers everywhere as long as they lasted. VR is currently on hiatus at this point, and Weiland has since left.
7. Damn Yankees: Comprised of Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Styx axeman Tommy Shaw, Ted Nugent and current Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Michael Cartellone, this supergroup hit the big time with "High Enough" from their 1990 self-titled debut album. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the AOR charts. However, the band essentially called it quits when Nugent decided to go back to his solo career.
6. Toto: Toto is a supergroup of a different nature, made up mainly of musicians who played sessions for the likes of Steely Dan and Sonny and Cher, just to name a few. Then they decided to form their own band, something two of the members (keyboard player Steve Pocaro and guitarist Steve Lukather) had always wanted to do.
Their formation was met with great success in the late '70's and early '80's with such hits as "Hold The Line," "Africa" and "Rosanna," which was named after but is not about actress Rosanna Arquette, whom band member Steve Porcaro was dating at the time. Make sense?
5. Chickenfoot: Chickenfoot is the latest musical spawn of former Van Halen lead vocalist Sammy Hagar. Hagar contacted the likes of Joe Satriani, ex-VH bass player Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and now has been releasing records and touring since 2008. Chickenfoot is slated to perform with Black Stone Cherry at Houston's Bayou Music Center on May 29.
4. Shaw Blades: Ironically enough, Shaw Blades actually emerged from the ashes that was Damn Yankees, with that group's Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw. Their only albums as Shaw Blades to date are 1995's Hallucination and 2007's Influence, a long layover due in part to the fact that the two have since returned to original bands Styx and Night Ranger, respectively.
3. Cream: Coming from the remnants of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers -- which also launched the careers of Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie and guitarist Peter Green -- Cream became legendary themselves with such hits as "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room" and "Badge." Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, and Graham Bond Organization drummer Ginger Baker. only lasted a handful of albums before disbanding in November 1968 due to increasing tension, but eventually reunited for several nights at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2005.
2. Heaven and Hell Comprised of members spanning various Black Sabbath eras, including Vinny Appice and the late Ronnie James Dio, Heaven and Hell formed in 2006. They called themselves "Heaven and Hell" so that they could differentiate themselves from Black-Sabbath's Ozzy-Osbourne years. However, their tenure was cut short due to lead singer Dio's 2010 death from stomach cancer.
1. Mike + the Mechanics: What happens when you combine Genesis lead guitarist Mike Rutherford, Squeeze and Roxy Music's Paul Carrack, Sad Café's Paul Young, and many more? You get Mike + the Mechanics, who were fairly successful both in the U.S. and in their native UK with such '80s pop classics as "All I Need Is A Miracle" and "The Living Years." The band dissolved in the mid '90s and even suffered a loss with lead singer Paul Young's 2000 death from a heart attack. However, since 2010, the band has reunited, recorded a new album, and has toured around Europe.
Honorable Mention: Blind Faith, The Yardbirds, SuperHeavy, Slash's Snakepit, USA For Africa, Derek and the Dominoes, the Faces, Bozzio Leven Stevens, Box Car Racer and Angels and Airwaves.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.