10 Musicians, Multiple Bands

10 Musicians, Multiple Bands

Embark on a musical journey as we delve into the riveting careers of 10 musicians who’ve rocked with multiple bands. From shaping iconic sounds to igniting diverse genres, these artists seamlessly transition from one musical realm to another, leaving their unmistakable imprint on the world of music. Join us as we celebrate the versatility and creativity of these legends, weaving a narrative that transcends musical boundaries and eras.


Damon Albarn (Blur – Gorillaz)

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Damon Albarn, the English musical polymath/genius, has etched his name across genres, making him a standout in our list of musicians who’ve conquered/rocked multiple bands.

As the frontman of Blur, Albarn’s lyrical prowess fueled Britpop anthems in the ’90s with albums like “Parklife” and “The Great Escape.” Simultaneously, he pioneered the virtual band Gorillaz with artist Jamie Hewlett, blending hip hop, dub, and pop into a global phenomenon.

From the Britpop battlegrounds to the pixelated realms of Gorillaz, Albarn’s sonic journey knows no bounds. Supergroups like The Good, the Bad & the Queen and Rocket Juice & the Moon showcase his diverse influences, while solo albums like “Everyday Robots” and “The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows” reveal his individual depth.

Beyond the stage, Albarn co-founded Africa Express, bridging musical cultures, and received accolades like the Ivor Novello Award and OBE for his cultural impact. As an artist who embraced Icelandic citizenship in 2020, Damon Albarn’s music transcends borders, leaving an indomitable legacy in the tapestry of sound.

Corey Taylor (Slipknot – Stone Sour)

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In the realm of heavy metal, Corey Taylor reigns supreme—a vocal juggernaut navigating dual band careers with unparalleled versatility. As Slipknot’s #8, Taylor defined metal’s essence, leading them through seven platinum albums.

Beyond Slipknot, Taylor co-founded Stone Sour in 1992, exploring rock’s nuanced landscapes—a testament to his diverse musical prowess.

Yet, Taylor transcends Slipknot and Stone Sour. His collaborations span an eclectic array, from Korn to Tech N9ne, showcasing his adaptable artistry.

Deeper roots lie in personal struggles; in 2015, he revealed how Faith No More’s “Epic” saved him, reigniting his passion for music.

 

Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and more)

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Meet Thomas Baptist Morello, the American guitarist, singer, and political force. Best known for his reign in the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Morello’s sonic journey didn’t stop there. Between 2016 and 2019, he cranked up the volume as a member of the supergroup Prophets of Rage.

But that’s not all – Morello jammed alongside Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as a touring musician. Under the moniker the Nightwatchman, he let loose his solo work and joined forces with Boots Riley to create Street Sweeper Social Club.

Born in Harlem and raised in Libertyville, Morello’s roots stretch from the streets of New York to the heartland of Illinois. His passion for music and politics ignited in high school, evolving at Harvard University where he earned a degree in Social Studies.

From the ashes of his previous band, Lock Up, rose the phoenix of Rage Against the Machine, a powerhouse that defined the ’90s rock scene. Morello’s chord-shredding journey isn’t just about bands; it’s a saga of sonic rebellion, a symphony echoing from the streets to the stage.

 

Thom Yorke (Radiohead – The Smile – Atoms for Peace)

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In the ever-shifting world of alternative rock, Thom Yorke emerges as a the ethereal voice and creative force behind Radiohead. A multi-instrumentalist with a haunting falsetto, Yorke’s journey has left a legacy with his work.

From the inception at Abingdon School, Yorke and his schoolmates birthed the transformative force known as Radiohead.

“Creep,” their debut single in 1992, marked just the beginning. Their debut album, “Pablo Honey,” sold over 30 million copies. Their musical journey continued with iconic albums such as “Ok Computer” (1997), “Kid A” (2000), “In Rainbows” (2007), and “A Moon Shaped Pool” (2016).

Yet, Yorke’s career doesn’t end with Radiohead. Solo, Yorke delves into electronic depths with “The Eraser” (2006) and forms Atoms for Peace in 2009, creating auditory landscapes with Flea and Nigel Godrich. Albums like “Amok” (2013), “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” (2014), and “Anima” (2019) showcase Yorke’s singular brilliance.

2021 births The Smile, a sonic venture with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and jazz drummer Tom Skinner. Yorke’s collaborations extend far beyond bands, intertwining with PJ Harvey, Björk, Flying Lotus, and Modeselektor. His exploration into film soundtracks, starting with Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” in 2018, adds yet another layer to his artistic tapestry.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, Thom Yorke’s legacy transcends genres, painting vivid sonic landscapes and leaving an indomitable imprint on the soul of modern music.

 

Dave Grohl (Nirvana – Foo Fighters)

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Dave Grohl’s narrative isn’t just about rocking with multiple bands. Grohl is a singer, songwriter, and drummer, a powerhouse known for his multifaceted musical journey in both Nirvana and Foo Fighters.

Grohl first made his mark as the drummer for Nirvana, contributing to the grunge revolution of the early ’90s. Following Nirvana’s seismic impact, Grohl’s journey continued with the formation of the Foo Fighters in 1994, where he transitioned from behind the drum kit to the front as the lead vocalist and guitarist.

But the tale doesn’t end there. Grohl’s musical odyssey extends to supergroups, as he collaborated with Josh Homme and John Paul Jones in Them Crooked Vultures, delivering a sonic experience that resonated across genres.

He also put to the test his drumming skills with Queens of The Stone of Age as well as with Tenacious D. In case you didn’t know, he was the devil in the movie “The Pick of Destiny” (2006). 

Slash (Guns n’ Roses – Velvet Relvover and Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge)

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Ranking up our list of musicians who’ve rocked with multiple bands is the legendary Saul Hudson, aka Slash. An all time rock legend for his guitar work with Guns N’ Roses in the mid-80’s with songs such as “Welcome to the Jungle”, “November Rain” and the cover of Dylan’s classic “Knockin on Heaven’s Doors”; Slash has ventured into many different musical avenues throughout this career.

Amidst escalating tensions within Guns N’ Roses in 1994, Slash took a new direction by forming the supergroup Slash’s Snakepit.

By 2002, Slash co-founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver with vocalist Scott Weiland, a move that solidified his status as a mainstream performer in the mid to late 2000s.

In recent years, Slash has dedicated time to his solo career, collaborating with renowned musicians like Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge – Creed), Brent Fitz, and Josh Freese.

 

Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath – Rainbow – Dio)

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Without a doubt, Ronnie James Dio is looking at us from above and rocking out in rocker’s paradise (or hell). He’s probably one of the most prolific and success driven rock and metal musician of the last century. He fronted and founded numerous bands throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell.

Dio, hailed as one of heavy metal’s greatest vocalists, left an indelible mark on the genre. Renowned for popularizing the iconic “devil horns” gesture in metal culture, he drew inspiration from his Italian roots. Dio’s medieval-themed lyrics added a unique dimension to his artistry.

Gifted with a powerful and versatile vocal range, he effortlessly navigated the realms of hard rock and tender ballads. In 2006, Classic Rock Magazine awarded him the “Metal Guru Award of the year.”

He passed away in 2010 after he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009, however, his music will be remembered for ages.

 

Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam – Soundgarden – Temple of The Dog)

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Meet Matthew David Cameron, the rhythmic maestro seamlessly driving the beats for both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. From Soundgarden’s thunderous journey in ’86 to ’97, to the everlasting pulse of Pearl Jam since ’98, Cameron’s drumming echoes in the rock n roll hall of fame.

Cameron’s beats have also resonated in Temple of the Dog, Nighttime Boogie Association, Hater, and Wellwater Conspiracy. Well Before Soundgarden, he crafted intricate drum patterns with Bam Bam and Skin Yard in the vibrant grunge driven Seattle scene.

In the symphony of iconic musicians rocking dual bands, Matt Cameron stands tall, a drumming icon especially in the grunge world!

 

Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge – Creed – Tremonti)

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Mark Thomas Tremonti, born April 18, 1974, threads his legacy through rock’s diverse landscape. Best known for his contributions to Creed and Alter Bridge.

From the early Creed days, Tremonti’s guitar prowess garnered accolades, including a Grammy for “With Arms Wide Open.” Named “Guitarist of the Year” threee times by Guitar World and Total Guitar magazine even dubbed him the fourth-greatest heavy metal guitarist in 2011.

Beyond Creed and Alter Bridge, Tremonti’s chords echo in collaborations with diverse artists, showcasing his guitar versatility. In 2011, he took the reins of his own ship, Tremonti, releasing five albums, including the innovative “A Dying Machine.”

Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Them Crooked Vultures)

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Did you spot Dave Grohl in the background of “No One Knows”? 👆 In the dynamic world of rock, Joshua Michael Homme stands as a luminary rock star. Best known as the founder of Queens of the Stone Age in 1996, Homme’s musical odyssey began with the rock band Kyuss in 1987. Transitioning seamlessly, he co-founded Eagles of Death Metal in 1998, showcasing his drumming prowess.

Homme’s versatility extends beyond these ventures. As a touring guitarist for Screaming Trees from 1996 to 1998, he left to create Queens of the Stone Age, solidifying his role as the primary songwriter.

The supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, a collaboration with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, emerged in 2009, leaving an indelible mark with their debut album. Homme’s influence extends across genres, with notable collaborations with Iggy Pop, Foo Fighters, Run the Jewels, as well as Arctic Monkeys.


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    Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, |Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood…endless list

    Glenn Hughes-Trapeze,Black Sabbath,Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, Dead Daisies
    Steve Morse-Dixie Dregs, Kansas, Flying Colours, Deep Purple

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