Sometimes you need a change of pace. Even if you have a good thing going, it could be worth it to explore new opportunities to see what else is out there.
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This rings especially true in the rock world as it’s not uncommon to see members of some of the world’s biggest bands go their own way and pursue a solo career.
Sure, the list of rock stars who went solo is plentiful, but it doesn’t always work out. In some cases, the best solo careers serve as a perfect accompaniment to their already prolific career.
Here’s a look at thirteen rock legends who have had successful solo careers.
Nicks began her solo career in 1981 and had an incredibly productive decade. She released four solo albums on top of two albums with Fleetwood Mac during the 80s as her debut record Bella Donna went number one. Although it’s being debated whether or not she’ll ever tour with Fleetwood Mac again, Nicks is still active as a solo artist releasing albums in 2011 and 2014.
Peter Gabriel’s former Genesis bandmate went on to have just as impressive of a solo career as he did. While recent news surrounding Phil Collins involves his bizarre lawsuit claiming his ex-wife has taken over his mansion with armed guards, Collins should be recognized for his success as a solo artist as he’s sold more than 150 million records worldwide. With a handful of hits like “In the Air Tonight” and “Sussudio,” you could easily claim Collins’ solo career to be more successful than his Genesis career.
The Lennon/McCartney debate served as a great argumentative exercise for Beatles fans and can do so for their solo careers as well. While Lennon has 11 solo albums to his name, the first of those are three avant-garde experimental projects he worked on with Yoko Ono and the last being a posthumous record. In total, Lennon has had 25 number one singles.
David Lee Roth
Roth has had a fine career as a solo artist outside of Van Halen. His work as a solo artist sees Roth dip into his eclectic music tastes with his albums incorporating jazz, blues, lounge, rock, and world music sounds.