9 Rock Stars Who Played in Multiple Successful Bands

Some people have all the luck - or talent

January 6, 2020

Some people have all the luck. Not that it doesn’t require a ton of hard work, dedication and practice to make a living playing music. But imagine being in one of the biggest rock bands of the early 90s, and then starting another band that dominates for a quarter century after that. Or imagine being the drummer for two of the most popular hard rock bands in the world at the same time.

There are dozens of musicians who have had the good fortune of playing in two or more successful bands. Paul Rodgers sang one of the biggest classic rock hits of all time in “All Right Now” with Free before moving on to Bad Company. Dave Navarro played guitar on a Red Hot Chili Peppers album and tour until John Frusciante returned (the first time). And so on and so on.

But what have been some of the most impressive feats of versatility and success in rock and roll history? For this list, we tried to narrow it down to those who weren’t mainly in supergroups or those who spent a small amount of time in another band they weren’t really known for.