Everyone who tries to put their favorite musicians together in one room is not necessarily going to get the best music every single time. You can have some of the greatest musicians known to man in the same space making an album, and if they don’t have the right chemistry, everything is bound to fall apart pretty quickly. As far as these bands are concerned though, playing with legends is almost second nature.
Then again, not all of these supergroups were necessarily made on a whim either. Although each of these musicians are known for being a part of another rock outfit, bringing their different talents together gave us just the right kind of musical combo we didn’t know we needed, pairing just the right guitar together with a different voice tying everything together.
Even if not every record that they’ve put out has been legendary by any stretch, each of these bands offered up a clinic in how to make perfect rock music, either making something that you could play on an acoustic guitar or something that you can headbang along to in a stadium full of people. As great as these were though, it would prove to be short lived, with each of these musicians returning to the safety of their own bands after having some fun on the road. Still, it’s better to at least harness the magic once then not at all.
10. Them Crooked Vultures
As the '00s turned a corner, rock and roll started to get a little bit more teeth again. Even though the garage rock revival may have helped us get over the haze of post grunge, the new school of rockers like Muse were taking the genre to new heights, with songs that brought rock back into stadiums around the world. There was room for getting nastier though, and it took a couple of rock veterans to bring some aggro rock to the table with Them Crooked Vultures.
Although their discography is confined to just one album at the moment, the players on this album were a match made in rock and roll heaven, with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age behind the mic as well as Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl filling out the rhythm section. While you can tell that Josh has a few sounds left over from his days in Queens on songs like New Fang, tracks like Dead End Friends and Scumbag Blues fit somewhere in between the glory years of rock and roll, taking the kind of weight behind someone like Deep Purple and putting a modern twist on it.
The real secret weapon here though is John Paul Jones, who's fantastic arrangements across this album both behind the piano and the conductor stand make every track feel like the greatest rock and roll symphony that never got released. There's definitely a modern edge to the production on here, but from the minute that you hear the first track on this album, the music takes you all the way back to 1972.