Top 10 Music Acts Where Two or More Bandmates are Friends

This list is the opposite of the list Top 10 Music Acts Where Two or More Bandmates Hated Each Other.

Obviously bandmates who hate each other can create some good songs. But it's always better when you like people you work with - songwriting process is more pleasant as well as all activities where bandmates must be together.

It's important for bands with busy touring schedules because when on tour band members spend more time with each other than with their wives/husbands when musicians are not on tour. Tim Charles of Ne Obliviscaris explained this very well. He said, when not on tour we see our wives/girlfriends only in the evening and ask them, "How was your day?" When on tour, I can't even ask my bandmates how was their day because and I know how it was (we were together at rehearsals, interviews, sound check, etc). And then we play together in the evening... Next day we travel together in a tour bus.

The Top Ten

1 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.

1) Guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith - childhood friends who are still together in Iron Maiden. Their guitar lines are very well harmonized.
In 1972 (before Iron Maiden) they formed a rock band, Urchin, that was active from 1972-1980.
2) Drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarist Dave Murray - they enjoy playing golf together. - Metal_Treasure

2 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

Three friends - John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy - formed the band in 1985 (friends from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts).
Drummer Mike Portnoy left the band in 2010 but hey, he was in the band for 25 years.
Also, these 3 members of Dream Theater married 3 members from the all-female metal band Meanstreak, who were also friends, and Meanstreak became known as "the Dream Theater wives".
Dream Theater members attended each others weddings, birthdays, kids' birthdays, and so on. - Metal_Treasure

3 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

Hansi Kürsch (singer) and André Olbrich (guitarist) have been friends since the early 80s. Their friendship started in high school.
Their mutual understanding is noticeable on the level of songwriting where they complement each other very well. Also, André guitar often mimics Hansi voice. - Metal_Treasure

4 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, more.

Best friends in this band are drummer Tomas Haake and guitarist Mårten Hagström who have been playing music together since they were 9 yo. - Metal_Treasure

5 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate more.

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (drummer) are BFF. Hawkins said "I get to be in a band with my best friend". - Metal_Treasure

6 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Children of Bodom was founded by 2 childhood friends who are still together - singer/guitarist Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen. - Metal_Treasure

7 Edguy Edguy

Three school friends founded the band in 1992 and they are still in the band - Tobias Sammet, Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer.
In 1999, these same guys also formed another band, Avantasia, which is another proof they don't mind spending even more time with each other. Both bands have been active. - Metal_Treasure

8 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

Many members were high school friends - James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu and David Silveria. - Metal_Treasure

9 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative more.
10 Manowar Manowar Manowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.

Eric Adams and Joey DeMaio are childhood friends who are still running the band together - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Anvil Anvil Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson.

Guitarist/singer Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner are high school friends, who began playing music together in 1973 and formed Anvil in 1978. Hey, they are still together in the band and in 2018 released a new album! - Metal_Treasure

13 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's best friend was John Deacon from Queen. Just saying. He liked the other bandmates, too, but John was like his "brother", he always defended him.

Brian, Roger and Freddie were all friends before Queen took off

14 Deftones Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega.

Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham and Chino Moreno were all good friends since middle school. - cjWriter1997

15 Dat Adam Dat Adam Dat Adam was a German experimental hip hop and electronica group consisting of vocalists Thaddeus “Taddl” Tjarks and Ardian “Ardy” Bora, and producer Marius “Marley” Ley, which was formed in 2014 and disbanded in 2018. more.

Taddl and Ardy (and Ardy's girlfriend) live together in an apartment, and the third member, Marley, is also a personal friend and a member of the "Hydra Clique" (DatAdam and their friends). - Martin_Canine

16 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. more.

Not only have they been friends since high school, but Brad and Matt are brothers. - 3DG20

17 Tokio Hotel Tokio Hotel Tokio Hotel are a pop rock band from Magdeburg, Germany, consisting of Bill Kaulitz (singer), Tom Kaulitz (guitar), Gustav Schäfer (drums) and Georg Listing (keyboards, bass) that formed in 2001. more.

All four members, the two Kaulitz twins and their two best friends Georg and Gustav, formed the group in school under the name "Devilish".

In 2010, all four moved to the USA and they still are all good friends, and there was not a single line up change. - Martin_Canine

18 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdonand Brad Delson were high school friends when they started the band. Also Chester Bennington is one of Mike's BFFs. - Uchiha_123

19 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Robert Plant and John Bonham were friends before Led Zeppelin - InsertCleverName

R.I.P. Bonzo

20 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

Izzy Stradlin and Axl Rose were friends 13 years before Guns N' Roses - InsertCleverName

21 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.
22 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's more.
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