Top 10 Music Acts Where Two or More Bandmates are FriendsMetal_Treasure 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) 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
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
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
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
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (drummer) are BFF. Hawkins said "I get to be in a band with my best friend". - Metal_Treasure
Children of Bodom was founded by 2 childhood friends who are still together - singer/guitarist Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen. - Metal_Treasure
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
Many members were high school friends - James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu and David Silveria. - Metal_Treasure
Eric Adams and Joey DeMaio are childhood friends who are still running the band together - Metal_Treasure
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
Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham and Chino Moreno were all good friends since middle school. - cjWriter1997
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
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
Not only have they been friends since high school, but Brad and Matt are brothers. - 3DG20
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
Robert Plant and John Bonham were friends before Led Zeppelin - InsertCleverName
Izzy Stradlin and Axl Rose were friends 13 years before Guns N' Roses - InsertCleverName
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
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