During the lifespan of a group, it’s common for one or more members to step out to do something on their own without leaving the comfort of the band. But sometimes those solo projects take off and that member becomes bigger than the band itself.
FoxNews has a slideshow of those sorts of situations.
1. Michael Jackson and The Jackson. Obviously.
2. While No Doubt went on a prolonged break, Gwen Stefani ended up with a career that’s arguably bigger.
3. Rod Stewart really annoyed the other members of The Faces in the early 70s. He tried to maintain his gig as their frontman while simultaneously selling more records as a solo artist. That didn’t last.
4. Ozzy and Sabbath? You can make an argument for that.
5. Eric Clapton has almost always been larger than any group of which he’s been a part.
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6. Damon Albarn over Blur. From Gorillaz to his operas, he’s long eclipsed his role of just being Blur’s frontman.
7. Chris Cornell bigger Soundgarden itself? Maybe. But he released that stupid record with Timbaland.
8. Eddie Vedder can sell out tours on his own. No one else in Pearl Jam can do that.
9. Morrissey. Then again, the Smiths haven’t existed since 1987, so it’s not really a fair comparison.
10. Jack White.