10 Incredible Forgotten Superbands

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Rock history is full of supergroups—bands formed by already famous musicians hoping to create something bigger together. While some supergroups like Cream and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young became legends, many others quickly faded away. These bands often faced challenges like personality clashes, records that didn’t click with fans, or simply being side projects never meant to last long.

Sometimes these supergroups were formed by former band members looking to recapture their past glory or explore new musical directions. Other times, they were short-lived collaborations for special events or one-off albums.

Here’s a look at ten rock supergroups that, despite their star-studded lineups, have largely been forgotten over the years.

1. Steampacket
One noteworthy example is Steampacket, often known as Steam Packet. Future stars Rod Stewart and Julie Driscoll were part of the group, which was formed in the summer of 1965 by British blues legend Long John Baldry. Around the United Kingdom, they performed live. before separating, spending little over a year together. Stewart left in the early months of 1966, while Baldry left later that same year.

2. SuperHeavy
2011 saw Mick Jagger depart from the Rolling Stones to join SuperHeavy with Joss Stone, reggae artist Damian Marley, Bollywood composer A.R. Rahmán. Twelve of the 29 tracks they recorded in under ten days ended up on their self-titled album. The ensemble was short-lived despite its star power.

3. Bruce-Baker-Moore
Former Cream members Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker teamed up with Irish guitar legend Gary Moore in 1993. They hoped to recreate their past success but managed only one album, Around the Next Dream, before breaking up after a few concerts. Their attempt to recapture old magic was brief.

4. Damnocracy
In 2006, Damnocracy was created for VH1’s reality series Supergroup. Among the band members were Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Ted Nugent, Jason Bonham, and Sebastian Bach (Skid Row). Together, they shared a home and shared performances, but the band disbanded as soon as the reality program concluded.

Sammy Hagar joined forces with Neal Schon of Journey in 1983 to form HSAS. Along with bassist Kenny Aaronson and drummer Michael Shrieve, they recorded their live album Through the Fire at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco. Their lone single was a cover of “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” The band didn’t last beyond this album.

6. WhoCares
WhoCares was founded in 2011 by Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath and Ian Gillan of Deep Purple to collect funds for an earthquake-damaged music school in Armenia. They recorded two tracks with assistance from Jon Lord, Jason Newsted, Nicko McBrain, and Mikko Lindstrom. They issued a two-CD collection of those songs plus rarities a year later.

7. The Storm
In 1985, Steve Smith and Ross Valory, who had previously been members of Journey, founded The Storm. They joined forces with Kevin Chalfant, the frontman for 707, and Gregg Rolie, the original keyboardist for Journey. The band disbanded two years after the release of their smash single “I’ve Got a Lot to Learn About Love,” which was off their 1991 first album.

8. B.L.T.
Together with drummer Bill Lordan from Sly & the Family Stone, former Cream bassist Jack Bruce and former Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower formed B.L.T. in 1981, releasing an album of the same name. Bruce and Trower continued to work together, releasing two more albums, but Lordan left after just one.

9. Neurotic Outsiders
Punk music was on its third wave by the mid-1990s. Guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols joined forces with Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, as well as John Taylor of Duran Duran, to form Neurotic Outsiders. Their debut album, Angelina, which blended elements of different genres with punk rock, was released in 1997.

10. The Dirty Mac
John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchell make up the incredible lineup of The Dirty Mac, a one-off supergroup formed in 1968 for the Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus television program. In addition to backing Yoko Ono on a free-form work titled “Whole Lotta Yoko,” they played “Yer Blues” by the Beatles.

These ten supergroups might not have had the staying power of their more famous peers, but they each left a unique mark on the rock landscape, even if only for a brief moment.

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