Top 10 Rock and Metal Bands Where Some Members are Childhood / School Friends

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The Top Ten

1 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and have released 16 studio albums . The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Pioneers would ...read more.

Just an observation - most of the bands on this list have had pretty stable lineups. Is friendship the key? - Metal_Treasure

Dave Murray and Adrian Smith are childhood friends, still together in Iron Maiden. - Metal_Treasure

2 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy - friends from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. - 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 ...read more.

Hansi Kürsch and André Olbrich were school friends in the early 80s and are still together in the band.
Hansi: "I loved to sing but it was an expression of my good mood and never looked at it as my first step in becoming a vocalist. During one of our high school parties I was screaming parts of Ian Gillan and MSG songs. André somehow liked it." - Metal_Treasure

4 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are credited with crafting the Djent subgenre. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten ...read more.

Tomas Haake and Mårten Hagström have been together since they were 9 yo. They've been playing music since then, still in this band. - Metal_Treasure

5 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.

Alexi Laiho and Jaska Raatikainen have been together since early childhood and founded Children of Bodom when both were at 14. - Metal_Treasure

6 Edguy Edguy

Tobias Sammet, Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer were school friends who are still with the band they founded as teens in 1992. - Metal_Treasure

7 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 ...read more.

High school friends - James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu and David Silveria. - Metal_Treasure

8 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.

Chino Moreno, Abe Cunningham and Stephen Carpenter were all goods friends in high school before they formed the band. - cjWriter1997

9 System Of A Down System Of A Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read 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, still together in this band. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 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.

High school friends - Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner, still together in the band they formed in 1978 (but they began playing music together in 1973) - Metal_Treasure

12 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. 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 rock . Some of their influences ...read more.
13 Battle Beast

These members of the initial line-up were high school friends - guitarists Anton Kabanen, Juuso Soinio and drummer Pyry Vikki. - Metal_Treasure

14 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). In 2005, they started off as a hugely successful and trendsetting teen pop band in their home country with their debut album ...read more.

All four were school friends and formed a student band called Devilish. Then they got a label contract, their name was changed to Tokio Hotel and the rest is emo history. - Martin_Canine

15 Urchin

Honorable mention:
Urchin was a hard rock band formed in 1972 by childhood friends Dave Murray and Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden. It was active 1972-1980. - Metal_Treasure

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