Have you ever become interested in a seemingly obscure artist, only to look them up and realize they used to be the lead singer or lead guitarist in a famous band? If this has happened to you, don't think you're alone; it's happened to us, too. So today's post is dedicated to that phenomenon. Some artists have switched bands while others have formed solo careers. There are so many examples we could give you, but here are six.
Grohl is now known for being the front man of Foo Fighters, but from 1990 to 1994 he was the drummer for Nirvana. Following Kurt Cobain's death, he formed Foo Fighters. He is also part of Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age (see below) and John Paul Jones, formerly of Led Zeppelin.
Josh Homme is the founder of Queens of the Stone Age, but he was once a member of stoner rock band Kyuss. He also has a shared history with Grohl, but not in Nirvana or Foo Fighters. Instead, he is a member of supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, which formed in 2009 and released an album, but has since been on hiatus.
These days he's known as a successful solo artist, but Gabriel earned his chops in the band Genesis, of which he was a member until 1975. Since leaving Genesis, Gabriel has had a very successful career, with a number of popular solo albums, particularly in the mid-1980s to early 1990s.
Chester Bennington isn't so much a case of an artist leaving one band for another, or leaving a band for a solo career, but one of joining yet another band. Bennington is the lead vocalist for Linkin Park, and has been a member of that band since 1999. In 2013, he also joined Stone Temple Pilots, replacing long-time lead vocalist Scott Weiland.
Another member of Genesis, Phil Collins is still technically in the band but announced his retirement from music in 2011 after years of dealing with pain stemming from issues with his vertebrae. Collins began a solo career in the early 1980s parallel to his work with Genesis. In 1996, Collins left the band to focus on his solo work, but briefly rejoined with bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford for a reunion tour in 2007.
Black Eyed Peas member Fergie has seen two transitions during her career. She was originally a member of teen pop group Wild Orchard but left in 2001. The next year she joined the Black Eyed Peas at the invitation of will.i.am. In 2006, she released her first solo album, Dutchess. That is her only solo album to date, though she has said she's working on a new one.