Drummer Lars Ulrich performed with Brian Johnson and the Foo Fighters at the London Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert, and he surely could have given the Foos some advice. Of course, Metallica was just a few years into its career when they lost bass player Cliff Burton in a bus accident. They soon hired Jason Newstead, formerly of Flotsam & Jetsam, to replace him. Members of the band later admitted that they didn’t take enough time to grieve over the loss of their friend, and James Hetfield regretted the “hazing” that Newstead got when he joined.

It’s hard enough to get in a band and be successful, but here are 9 members of successful bands who broke out as solo acts.  When you put 4 or 5 people in a band environment who make the greatest music ever and it’s not the music that normally kills a band.  Keep in mind these guys and girls are on tour buses, on the stage, or in the studio close to 300 days a year.  It can be everything from just not getting along, to the wives, not agreeing on the music anymore, managers lawyers, money, and more.

More Artist Of Successful Bands Who Broke Out As Solo Acts

These Didn’t Make Our List Of Artist Who Made It As Solo Artists.

  • Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin
  • Joey McEntire Of New Kids On The Block
  • David Byrne, The Talking Heads
  • Kenny Rogers, The First Edition
  • Rod Stewart of Faces
  • Eric Clapton, Cream, and Derek And The Domino’s

How About Some Bands Lead Singers Who Solo Career Didn’t Work Out

  • Debbie Harry
  • David Crosby
  • Boy George
  • Noel Gallagher
  • Jordan Knight
  • Nick Carter
  • Darryl Hall

It happens in just about every type of music from Rock, To Hip Hop To Country.  Sometimes creative differences make things hard.

Here are 9 top solo artists who left bands to have successful solo careers.  We didn’t list any of The Beatles, that kind of explains itself!

  • Belinda Carlisle- Of The Go Go's

  • Michael McDonald Of The Doobie Brothers

  • Glenn Fry Of The Eagles

  • Don Henley The Eagles

  • Darius Rucker of Hootie & The Blowfish

  • Ozzy OsBourne Of Black Sabbath

  • Lionel Richie Of The Commodores

  • Michael Jackson Of The Jackson 5

  • David Lee Roth Of Van Halen


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