Members of iconic rock bands who tried but failed to build a dazzling solo career
There are hundreds of stories about how musicians managed to build a dazzling solo career after leaving the band. One Ozzy Osbournewho was fired from Black Sabbath because of his excessive, out-of-control addiction to substances and alcohol, for what? А Robert Plant? After Led Zeppelin his solo career was quite successful, and even turned into a couple of great hits in the vein of "Big Log"! However, fate was not so kind to everyone...
At the same time there are stories of how after leaving the band even international idols remained... in the shadows. Lack of motivation, ambition, mixing of "immiscible" genres or problems with addictions - the reasons why this happened could be different. But the result is roughly the same: the solo journey turned into failures and even ridicule in the press. And here are the names of those legends who sincerely tried, but never failed to build a dazzling solo career…
The man whose name has gone down in the history of psychedelic and classic rock Syd Barrett was at the origin of what would later become known to the world as Pink Floyd. The band is considered one of the greatest of its kind! The Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, The Wall... All these legendary albums were released without Barrett.
Sid was fired from the band in 1968, and, it should be noted, the decision was very, very hard for his comrades... But it was forced. While his inner demons began to prevail over his creativity and personality in general - Sid literally plunged into a different stratosphere, plunging deeper and deeper into the world of forbidden substances. At some point he lost the ability to play and create, and the members of Floyd were forced to fire him, because such an approach to business threatened the fate of the whole band.
Subsequently Sid released several solo albums recorded with his old mates, and there were even some very hit songs! But his mental health was so depleted that a full career was out of the question... Sadly, he became a recluse and died in 2006 at the age of 60 years.
Name a solo career Mick Jagger of failure is unequivocally impossible. But... it is clearly inferior to his success in the lineup The Rolling Stones. Why, it would seem - Mick is talented, charismatic, ambitious... His solo hits should have been classics! But no, and for good reason...
The media and critics constantly ridicule Jagger's solo outbursts, because in his work - separate from The Rolling Stones - the iconic vocalist got so much into experimentation that he began to create something that is not understood by everyone. His supergroup, for example. Super HeavyIn the course of the first half of the 20th century, the music of the modern soul and reggae icons, and even of the Indian composer, was received ambiguously by the public.
Fans also agreed that it would be better for Mick not to experiment, and continue to rock out on stage with his rock and roll band.
When John Frusciante joined the Red Hot Chili Peppershe was only 18 years old! No wonder he quickly found the alluring world of partying and illicit substances so appealing and enjoyable... And he plunged headlong into it. At some point John realized that he was tired of all these rock-star excesses, but he couldn't give them up at the snap of his fingers. And then he came up with nothing better than to leave the lineup and become an authentic musician. But in reality it wasn't as easy as it was in his head.
Since leaving RHCP, John has gone downhill: his addiction has multiplied, he's been kicked out of homes and hotels, and reporters have been shocked by the appearance of a very young guy who literally has no front teeth...
His attempts at solo work could not be called successful, and, according to Frusante himself, he recorded only to pay off dangerous people for substances. Eventually he came out the winner - with false teeth, scars, and special rehabilitation centers behind them. Well, at least that's the way it is!
If Barrett was ruined by substances, then David Byron became a hostage of the "green serpent. Legend Uriah Heep and classic rock in particular, the performer of the cult hit "July Morning." - At some point Byron was forced to go on a solo trip.
Byron released his first solo album when he was still the vocalist of Uriah Heep. After his dismissal he released a few more works, but in spite of high-quality arrangements they remained practically unnoticed.
Byron's life turned out to be tragic: he was gone at 38, and by then his liver was completely destroyed...