Gibson Picks the Greatest Rock Supergroups

10/14/2013
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(Gibson) The notion of the "supergroup" has always held a special fascination for rock fans, who relish the prospect of hearing what top tier artists can achieve when they join forces. True, superstar egos often clash, but when talent and chemistry come together in the right way, the results can be pure magic. Recently, the supergroup concept has taken on a new life witness the latest entry, SuperHeavy but through the years many major artists have attempted such projects. Gibson.com has named 10 supergroups who have done proper justice to the concept. Here are three of the 10:

Blind Faith - Formed in 1969, in the wake of Cream's dissolution, Blind Faith at first seemed to push the "supergroup" concept to spectacular heights. Comprised of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood (fresh off his tenure with Traffic) and Rick Grech (formerly of the band, Family), the gifted quartet released just one album, but through the years the disc has attained a prominent place in the rock pantheon. Had Winwood's ambitions prevailed he was striving toward something akin to a "rock" version of jazz ensemble Blind Faith's legacy might have reached epic proportions.

The Firm - Founded in 1984, The Firm centered on Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and ex-Free singer Paul Rodgers, with bassist Tony Franklin and drummer Chris Slade (formerly of Uriah Heep) rounding out the lineup. Released in 1985, the band's self-titled debut album failed to light up the charts, but The Firm's music has aged well and fits comfortably alongside the varied accomplishments of both Page and Rodgers. A second album, Mean Business, was released in 1986, before The Firm closed its doors. Subsequently, Page said the group was never meant to last for more than two albums.

Chickenfoot - Although frontman Sammy Hagar brushes aside the "supergroup" designation, it's hard to deny that a band that includes Hagar, Van Halen's Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and shredder extraordinaire Joe Satriani is exactly that. Springing to life in a jam session at Hagar's club in Cabo Wabo, Mexico, Chickenfoot released their debut album in 2009, and have garnered raves from critics and fans. Having refined their chemistry on the road, the group have gone on to release a second album, titled Chickenfoot III. "We decided to skip making a second album," Hagar jokingly explained, during an interview on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. See who else made the list.

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