The supergroup — that pop-music phenomenon where already-famous musicians collaborate to create a new, sometimes short-lived band — is still alive and well.
Just last year, several supergroups went supernova — from the hard-rocking and unfortunately named Chickenfoot (Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani) to the power-poppy Tinted Windows (Hanson’s Taylor Hanson, Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos).
Included in that list is the classic alt-rock trio Them Crooked Vultures — Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl from Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme.
Here are 10 other supergroups, by era.
— Kevin Amorim / Newsday (MCT)
1. Blind Faith
MEMBERS: Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker (Cream), Steve Winwood (Traffic), Rick Grech
KNOWN FOR: Blues rock that rose from ashes of Cream, Clapton and Baker’s previous band
SONG: “Can’t Find My Way Home”
2. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
MEMBERS: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young
ERA: 1969-70, off and on to the present
KNOWN FOR: The folkies’ second show was at Woodstock
SONG: “Teach Your Children”
3. Emerson, Lake and Palmer
MEMBERS: Keith Emerson (The Nice), Greg Lake (King Crimson), Carl Palmer
ERA: ’70s, early and late ’90s and this spring
KNOWN FOR: Prog-rock’s first supergroup (after the first breakup, Palmer joined ’80s supergroup Asia)
SONG: “Lucky Man”
4. Bad Company
MEMBERS: Boz Burrell (King Crimson), Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople), Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke (Free)
ERA: Early ’70s to early ’80s, mid-’80s to mid-’90s with new members, original members might be back for U.K. shows in April
KNOWN FOR: Managed by Led Zeppelin’s manager, Peter Grant; also signed to Zep’s Swan Song Records
SONG: “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love”
5. The Highwaymen
MEMBERS: Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson
KNOWN FOR A legendary outlaw country most-wanted list
SONG: Their version of “Desperados Waiting for a Train”
6. Traveling Wilburys
MEMBERS: George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison
ERA: Late ’80s, early ’90s
KNOWN FOR: Best supergroup ever? A Beatle, Dylan and Petty? Orbison died after the first album, “Vol. 1,” came out
SONG: “Handle With Care”
7. The Power Station
MEMBERS: Robert Palmer, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Tony Thompson
ERA: 1985, 1996
KNOWN FOR: A true ’80s deal — two Duranies, a member of Chic and Mr. “Addicted to Love”; its ’96 album flopped
SONG: Their version of “Bang a Gong (Get It On)“
8. Temple of the Dog
MEMBERS: Chris Cornell, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Matt Cameron
KNOWN FOR: A grungy homage to the late singer of Mother Love Bone. Soundgarden’s Cornell later went on to front Audioslave.
SONG: “Hunger Strike”
9. Velvet Revolver
MEMBERS: Slash, Scott Weiland, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Dave Kushner
KNOWN FOR: VR stood in for Van Halen when VH didn’t show at the 2007 Rock Hall induction ceremony
10. Child Rebel Soldier
MEMBERS Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Lupe Fiasco
KNOWN FOR: There’s an album in the works; “Us Placers” made Rolling Stone’s top 100 songs of ’07 (No. 43).
SONG: “Us Placers”