The 20 Greatest Supergroups of All Time

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nursetom61

I am so happy that you included The Highwaymen. GW often ignores Country music. These guys were the top Country musicians and singers of their time. Although I usually lean more towards Rock and Blues guitar playing. I have a deep love for the classic country pickers and crooners. BIG kudos to Guitar World for having the balls to list a more eclectic list of Supergroups instead of showcasing only Metal.

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SnillocRatiug

What about Gov't Mule? Warren Haynes and Allen Woody (Allman Brothers)with Matt Abts (Dickey Betts Band). Great improvising and musicianship.

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BrianL

Kind of strange that this list would miss The Winery Dogs. They're one of the best supergroups today. I would've thought it made the top 5, at least.

I also think it missed featuring John Mayer Trio, featuring guitarist John Mayer, drummer Steve Jordan, and bassist Pino Palladino.

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BrianL

Come to think of it, I think The Winery Dogs came out with their first album a bit later after the date of this article last year. But still, they're good enough to make a writer update the list.

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elmtreemike

Without a doubt ... surely there is room for Captain Beyond!

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h1wystr

Thee Best SUPERGroup That Never Was:

TERRY KATH ~ Guitar, Vocals
PETER CETERA ~ Bass, Vocals
DANNY SERAPHINE ~ Drums

All 3 former members of CHICAGO. This POWER TRIO would have been heavier than Jimi's Experience and smoother than Cream. These 3 cats were all*stars on their instruments. Even Hendrix thought Kath was a better player than himself. Too bad that this never came about. They would've proven me right.

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Dutchy5150

No love for The Dirty Mac????

John Lennon
Keith Richards
Eric Clapton
Mitch Mitchell

The ultimate "Super Group" one would think...

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thatotherdude99

Transatlantic anyone? (Morse, Stolt, Portnoy, Trewavas)

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jimmylerxst

If Audioslave is included, why not Heaven and Hell?

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Admiral Petty

I think the reasoning behind them not including Heaven and Hell is that they originally continued on under the Black Sabbath name. Although stylistically, they are almost as different in sound and approach from the original Sabbath as Audioslave was from RATM.

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ytse_jam

How are velvet revolver and audioslave so high? And no love for Rush.

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Tight but loose

What about...

1) Humble Pie---Marriot,Frampton,Shirley

2) BTO---Bachman-Turner Overdrive

3) HSAS---Hagar,Schon,Aaronson,Shrieve

4) Power Station--Palmer,Taylor,Taylor,Thompson

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Locode

One group I would consider worthy is GTR.

Steve Hackett
Steve Howe
Max Bacon
Phil Spalding
Jonathan Mover

I always like their one official album.

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classicrockguy

The greatest "Supergroup"?
1.Led Zeppelin
2.AC/DC with Bon Scott
3.The Who

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Locode

Except no.

3. A majority of their band members have to have been in well-known bands before the supergroup formed.

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lespauljr

Blue Murder: Not a supergroup.

Down: Not a supergroup.

A Perfect Circle: Not a supergroup.

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panterareform

How is Down not a supergroup?

Phil Anselmo - PanterA
Pepper Keenan - Corrosion of Conformity
Kirk Windstein - Crowbar
Jimmy Bower - Crowbar / Eyehategod / Superjoint Ritual
Todd Strange - Crowbar

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Coachandy

What about TRIUMPH??? Those dudes are so solid live

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Locode

1 great player, 2 barely average. And anyways, they don't qualify as a supergroup.

3. A majority of their band members have to have been in well-known bands before the supergroup formed.

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bestshrederever

Where is King Crimson?!?

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devilsshadow666

How about some HELLYEAH??? They're better than half of the bands on this list. They have members from Pantera, Damageplan, and Rebel Meets Rebel. Nothingface. And Mudvayne.

How about Five Finger Death Punch?? They've got dudes from W.A.S.P., Alice Cooper, and Motograter.

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rafalmeidas

It seems that this list was created with loose cards, somebody dropped them and were put together backwards or something...

gwlucas

Trans-Siberian Orchestra anyone?

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stufano727

Transatlantic is probably one of the more talented supergroups but are completely ignored because they are a Prog band, Ughhh. Too bad so many people miss out on a whole lot of shear talent. Look for a new super group, with Mike portnoy, Dave LaRue, Steve Morse and Neil Morse called Flying Colors Disc due out in March and should be AWESOME!

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redhub1

You broke your own rules. Repeatedly. "4. A supergroup cannot be formed by a well-known musician joining a pre-existing band -- no Van Hagar."

1. Temple of the Dog was Pearl Jam + Chris Cornell.
2. CSNY was already CSN before Y joined, and
3. Audioslave was the most blatant. That was RATM with a new singer.

By those standards, Van Hagar qualifies and blows them ALL away. What a joke. If you make a rule, stick to it!!!!!

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Admiral Petty

Audioslave was much different than RATM. It may have been the Rage musicians plus Cornell, but with Cornell writing the songs it was an entirely new dynamic, both musically and lyrically. If you disagree you don't know much about either band.

CSN was a supergroup before Young joined, all three having been in notable bands before CSN, therefore they easily qualify.

Temple of the Dog actually was conceived before Pearl Jam had been formed fully, or named, in fact Temple of the Dog is part of the reason that Pearl Jam is the band it is today. It was Cornell, members of Mother Love Bone, and others such as McCready and Cameron who would become future members of Pearl Jam(Cameron not til much later after Soundgarden broke up).

Seriously do some research before criticizing someone else's research.

And saying Van Hagar blows them all away? I'm just going to assume you are trolling, because no one with any type of taste would say that.

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clearerphish

just created an account to say the same thing. Wow, guys.

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zappa73

Brilliant list.

Though my personal favorite band on the list is Chickenfoot, the collection of star power grouped together in those other bands is staggering.

You all did an amazing job with this list!

Thanks for all your efforts with these lists, lessons, gear reviews, tabs all for only $1 per issue INCLUDING POSTAGE right on my doorstep.

By far the most impressive deal in the free market.

Kevin

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drolaw

Let me clarify...the foot should be higher on the list and Velvet Revolver shouldn't be listed. Scott (Dope head) Weiland ruined what could have been a great band.

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kody2727

Chickendickless shouldn't have even come into existence
Velvet revolver blew chunks because of slashs inability to write good riffs. Scott weiland was the only good part about that band and without the dope you would never have baddass timeless STP songs so give credit where it's due.

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dittohead

I see they took down my post and corrected the Down mistake. Also to the supernaut: Down is not a "reverse supergroup." C.O.C., Pantera, and Crowbar were all around prior to Down. In fact, C.O.C. was around before Pepper Keenan even joined them.

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ytse_jam

where is rush? in many circles 3 of the greatest musicians in the world. about the only one in the right place is cream.

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Locode

DERP!

3. A majority of their band members have to have been in well-known bands before the supergroup formed.

Rush is a great group. Obviously though, if you understood the concept you would understand that they don't qualify as a "supergroup".

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ed6hunter

Now this would be the greatest supergroup:
Bass: Gene Simmons
Rythm Guitar: Dave Mustaine
Lead Guitar: Yngwie Malmsteen
Drums: Lars Ulrich
Vocals: Axl Rose
What would their name be?

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redstrat8

TONGUES AND ROSES

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Locode

Five Overrated Egotistical A$$holes.

gwlucas

MegaTalliKiss

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guitarladd

Kiss The Roses

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krshnakrunch

Ego-geddon

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kody2727

"The Has-Beens" with their new hit single, "Completely Irrelevant"

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mbryan67

I think you should be old enough to have hair on your nuts before being allowed to comment on here. I think the GW guys put together a great list!

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thesupernaut

down was a band before c.o.c., pantera, or crowbar were bands. they're pretty much a reverse supergroup. chickenfoot is an awful waste of chad and joe's time.

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shreddhedd

Zeppelin?
The Raconteurs?
The Who?
The Stones with Ron Wood?
Derek & the Dominoes?
The Police?
Fistful of Mercy?

come on man..

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Locode

Zeppelin. Only Page was a known name prior to the band starting. Not a supegroup.

The Who. Again, not a supergroup as none of them had any fame prior to the Who forming.

Stones with Ron Wood. Not a supergroup, just an existing group with a new player.

Police. You really don't get the concept of what a supergroup is, do you?

metalheadya

Totally agree with you on DEREK & T.D.... This list should be ordered by supergroups we would love to hear new music from....Though I am retro by nature, I dont need to hear anything new from BCC or Chickenfoot......BUT I would love to hear "new" music from CREAM!!!.. Is Ginger Baker still alive?...

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gibsonkid1993

agreed. this list is downright terrible... first of all, chickenfoot is an absolute joke. almost as big of a joke as van halen lately... black country communion should've been way higher on the list, same with temple of the dog and the highwaymen.

velvet revolver at #5 was also a joke. that band didnt put out a single good song. after guns and roses slash hasnt put out anything decent until his solo album 2 years ago....

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drolaw

This is why I don't subscribe to GW anymore...The guitar world staff and the writers Josh Hart and Damian Fanelli didn't do a lot of those bands justice. As soon as I saw Chickenfoot at 20 I knew right away that there wasn't a lot of "intelligent" life at GW. Cream at #1 was probably the only correct selection on the list. I'm still sadden by the lack of research that GW has shown over the years...

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kody2727

You're right, Chickenfoot shouldn't be on there at all.

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