Top 10 Rock / Metal Bands Where One or More Members Have University or College Degrees
Criteria: - how good the band is - the nature of the degree (ex., PhD is higher than Bachelor; University is higher than College) - how many members have degrees (the more, the better, for this list)
The Top Ten
1QueenQueen 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 ...read more.
All the four members have university or college degrees.
Brian May - PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College London - Metal_Treasure
2ObscuraObscura is a technical/progressive death metal band from Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album Obscura. ...read more.
Last night I realized that one of my fave bands is the most educated band of all time! All current members (as of 2018) have University degrees: 1) Steffen Kummerer - Master degree in Media Technology Engineering 2) Linus Klausenitzer - 2 degrees: Hamburg Music and Art University; Regensburg Music College 3) Rafael Trujillo - 2 degrees: Munich Guitar Institute; Amsterdam Conservatorium (2 degrees and he's only 23! ; he was born in 1994) 4) Sebastian Lanser - Anton Bruckner University (Austria), where he studied percussion (with a minor in piano) and graduated with honors 5) Ex-member: Christian Muenzner - Munich Guitar Institute - Metal_Treasure
3Dream TheaterDream 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. ...read more.
Mike Mangini - Computer Science from Bentley University - Metal_Treasure
4Bad ReligionBad Religion is an American punk rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979. The band makes extensive use of soaring three-part vocal harmonies, guitar solos and lyrics that often contain religious and political commentary.
Greg Graffin - Ph.D. in Zoology, Cornell University - Metal_Treasure
5The OffspringThe Offspring is an American punk rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1984. Formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland, bassist Greg K., lead guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada.
Dexter Holland - Ph.D. in molecular biology - Metal_Treasure
6BostonBoston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s.
Tom Scholz - master's and bachelor's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Metal_Treasure
7RadioheadRadiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).
Thom Yorke - he graduated from the University of Exeter - Metal_Treasure
8BehemothBehemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.
Adam Nergal Darski - History degree from the University of Gdańsk, Poland. - Metal_Treasure
9Fleshgod ApocalypseFleshgod Apocalypse is an Italian death metal band. Formed in 2007, the group resides in Perugia and are currently signed to Willowtip Records and Nuclear Blast. The band is known for their fusion of metal with technical death metal.
Cristiano Trionfera - university degree in publishing, multimedia communication, and journalism. - Metal_Treasure
10NightwishNightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, ...read more.
Tarja Turunen - 2 degrees: Sibelius Academy; Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe Floor Jansen - 2 degrees: Dutch Rock Academy; Conservatorium Tilburg - Metal_Treasure
11VoivodVoivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s. The band's current line-up consists of Denis "Snake" Bélanger, Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, Dominique "Rocky" Laroche and Michel "Away" Langevin.
Daniel Mongrain, guitarist - bachelor's degree in Jazz-Interpretation from the University of Montreal. He teaches jazz and pop guitar, and theory courses. - Metal_Treasure
12DescendentsThe Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California by guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo and drummer Bill Stevenson.