Top 10 Bands with a Member Who Had a Solo Career


The Top Ten

1 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

Basically a solo project, had Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell etc. who also had good solo careers - waldo

2 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), more.

No words needed, just listen to "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" - waldo

3 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, more.

Ozzy had one of the best solo careers ever, Ronnie James Dio too - waldo

4 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled more.

I think all members had solo albums... - waldo

5 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins - waldo

6 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

Rainbow is a solo project basically... - waldo

"Leaving DEEP PURPLE Was 'The Best Thing He Could Have Done For The Band'
- Roger Glover.

It was mainly for Ritchie Blackmore. Blackmore is a psychopath of music. He worked too hard also put pressure on his band members. That's why Gillan left the band, and one by one everybody left the band. But after departure of Blackmore, the band more likely stay cooled.

Even Ronnie James Dio appreciated his musical ability but said that he had bad band shipmate. "He doesn't care about people. He's a very cruel man."

And there's a long conflict between Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore.

So, parting way from Deep Purple and working as solo career (or working with members for few years) was the best thing Ritchie Blackmore could do.

Even though he had hard membership with other members, but still he wasn't like Axl Rose or Carlos Santana He didn't lead Deep Purple for long. He knew it'd be better if Jon Lord remained the band's leader and he in his own band. - zxm

7 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

Freddie Mercury also had a solo album: Mr. Bad Guy.

Brian May worked with Cozy Powell, Eric Singer etc., Freddie Mercury with Montserrat Caballe - waldo

8 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.

I had to add at least one of the Eric Clapton Bands - waldo

9 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards published songs as "solo-songs" - waldo

10 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

The Contenders

11 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band had numerous band member changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (Guitar). more.

Robert Fripp had interesant Solo Projects - waldo

12 Whitesnake Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.
13 Kansas Kansas Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".
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15 Richie Sambora Richie Sambora Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years.
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