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Thread started 02/08/24 11:05pm

TrivialPursuit

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The Biggest Supergroup of All Time?

Based on names alone, I considered tonight while listening to "End of the Line" that The Traveling Wilburys could have been the biggest supergroup of all time.

Bob Dylan (Lucky Wilbury)
George Harrison (RIP) (Nelson Wilbury)
Jeff Lynne (Otis Wilbury)
Roy Orbison (RIP) (Lefty Wilbury)
Tom Petty (RIP) (Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr.)


I mean, you can't much bigger names than that in a group. That first record was so good. "Handle With Care," "End of the Line" were both great roots folksy rock songs.

Even MJ engineer Bill Bottrell worked his magic on the album.

The only other calibur of supergroup I can think of is Highwaymen, with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings.

It's odd because you have to think about groups like Cream, Led Zeppelin, etc., but aren't those just folks leaving one band to come to another? Tom Petty still had the Heartbreakers, Lynne still had ELO, etc. Hell even Eagles or Journey could be in this camp. But that's a very broad stroke. There are side projects, supergroups, then bands that are just made from members leftover from something else.

Bad English and Damn Yankees feel like proper Supergroups, too.

But aside from Highwaymen, you can't really beat names like Dylan, Harrison, Lynne, Orbison and Petty.

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Reply #1 posted 02/08/24 11:21pm

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What about that coked-out bootleg session with Lennon(rip)/McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Harry Nilsson (rip) from 1974?


After that best I got is when Robert Smith joined Siouxie and the Banshees for an album / tour.

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Reply #2 posted 02/09/24 11:15am

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Chickenfoot

Velvet Revolver

Audioslave

Not the biggest, per se, but just great music!!!

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Reply #3 posted 02/09/24 2:01pm

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What about when aperfectcircle had James "the real soul behind billy cr0gan's guitar center wankfests" Iha in the band?

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Reply #4 posted 02/09/24 3:16pm

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nayroo2002 said:

Chickenfoot

Velvet Revolver

Audioslave

Not the biggest, per se, but just great music!!!


I did love Velvet Revolver.

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Reply #5 posted 02/09/24 4:43pm

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They're mostly forgotten, but if you were around in the early '80s...

Asia are an English rock supergroup formed in London in 1981. The most commercially successful lineup was its original, which consisted of four members of different progressive rock bands who had enjoyed great success in the 1970s: lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton (King Crimson, Uriah Heep and U.K.), guitarist Steve Howe (Yes), keyboardist Geoff Downes (Yes and the Buggles) and drummer Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer). Their debut album, Asia, released in 1982, remains their best-selling album and went to number one in several countries. Billboard listed it as the top album in the U.S. in 1982. The lead single from the album, "Heat of the Moment", remains their top charting and best-known song, reaching the top 40 in over a dozen markets. It peaked at #4 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

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Reply #6 posted 02/09/24 6:33pm

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Re: Asia: See - that's the line. What is a supergroup and what is just folks getting together to make music?

Traveling Wilburys and Highwaymen seemed very purposeful in who they were and how they were advertised. They aren't the top two ever, but TW certainly has some of the biggest names ever in it.

So back to the question: Was TW the biggest supergroup of all time?

I just had a flash of some MTV show with Sebastian Bach and others that made up a supergroup for the sake of a TV show. I think it was even called Supergroup. Ted Nugent, Scott Ian, Jason Bonham and Evan Seinfeld, with Bach.

I had Asia's first record, and toyed with the second, but lost interest. They almost leaned prog-rock in some ways, which was never my jam.

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Reply #7 posted 02/10/24 5:10am

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Probably right about the Travelling Wilburys being the most star studded supergroup. Perhaps most recently the Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, John Paul Jones group called Them Crooked Vultures deserve a mention, with Alain Johannes joining them for live shows.
There may or may not be something coming!
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Reply #8 posted 02/10/24 11:31am

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"Whatever skin we're in
we all need 2 b friends"
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Reply #9 posted 02/10/24 11:37am

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nayroo2002 said:

Hollywood Vampires

The Power Station


At the time, The Power Station was kind of a big deal. I loved that album.

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Reply #10 posted 02/12/24 4:00am

RODSERLING

Retroactively, The Beatles
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Reply #11 posted 02/12/24 12:12pm

CynicKill

Power Station.

It's the drums.

The loud, bombastic, overpowered drums.

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Reply #12 posted 02/15/24 2:26am

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For a one-off, surely the greatest rock supergroup has been assembled by Mark Knopfler for his upcoming charity single

https://www.independent.c...92760.html

The full list of contributors is as follows: Joan Armatrading, Jeff Beck, Richard Bennett, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Brown, JamesBurton, Jonathan Cain, Paul Carrack, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Jim Cox, SteveCropper, Sheryl Crow, Danny Cummings, Roger Daltrey, Duane Eddy, Sam Fender,Guy Fletcher, Peter Frampton, Audley Freed, Vince Gill, David Gilmour, BuddyGuy, Keiji Haino, Tony Iommi, Joan Jett, John Jorgenson, Mark Knopfler, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Greg Leisz, Alex Lifeson, Steve Lukather, Phil Manzanera, Dave Mason, Hank Marvin, Brian May, Robbie McIntosh, John McLaughlin, TomMorello, Rick Nielsen, Orianthi, Brad Paisley, Nile Rodgers, Mike Rutherford, Joe Satriani, John Sebastian, Connor Selby, Slash, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Zak Starkey, Sting, Andy Taylor, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Ian Thomas, Pete Townshend, Keith Urban, Steve Vai, Waddy Wachtel, Joe Louis Walker, Joe Walsh, Ronnie Wood, Glenn Worf, Zucchero.

[Edited 2/15/24 2:27am]

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Reply #13 posted 02/15/24 8:35am

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Krid said:

For a one-off, surely the greatest rock supergroup has been assembled by Mark Knopfler for his upcoming charity single

i don't think that counts.

you could bring this up in the we're da world thread, though!

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Reply #14 posted 02/21/24 5:18am

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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves. And wiser people so full of doubts" (Bertrand Russell 1872-1972)
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