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Sometimes good bands break up because sometimes one of their members wants to go it solo. Here are 11 examples.
1. Beyoncé. Destiny’s Child broke in 2006, so Beyoncé could pursue a solo career. Now we don’t even think of Destiny’s Child when we think of Beyoncé.
2. Sting. He left The Police in 1986 and released a solo record the following year called “…Nothing Like the Sun.”
3. David Lee Roth. He left Van Halen in 1984 at the height of their success. Sammy Hagar replaced him, but he also left in 1996. Gary Cherone took the gig as Van Halen’s leader singer until 1999. Van Halen reunited with Sammy Hagar, who left again in 2005. He was replaced with David Lee Roth.
4. Geri Halliwell. She quit the Spice Girls in 1998 at the height of their fame and popularity. The girl band continued without her until the year 2000. The Spice Girls reunited as a five-piece collective in 2007.
5. Phil Collins. Peter Gabriel left Genesis in 1975 to pursue a solo career, while Phil Collins replaced him. He also left the band in 1996, while Genesis kept playing concerts and recording albums without him. Genesis broke up in 1998.
6. Lou Reed. In 1970, Lou Reed left the Velvet Underground to go solo. He released “Transformer” two years later and it’s considered one of the greatest records of all-time.
7. Diana Ross. She left The Supremes in 1967 to pursue a solo career. The Supremes carried on for another 10 years without Diana Ross until they ultimately disbanded in 1977.
8. George Michael. He left Wham! in 1986 for a solo career, while Andrew Ridgeley continued on without him. Wham! ended up breaking up later in the year.
9. Lauryn Hill. She left The Fugees in 1997 to release “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” the following year in 1998. Lauryn Hill won five Grammys for the album, including Best New Artist, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Album, and Album of the Year. Not bad.
10. Morrissey. He left The Smiths in 1987 after a falling out with Johnny Marr.
11. John Lennon. The Beatles broke up in 1970 because John Lennon wanted to pursue a solo career. The rest of the band disbanded to also pursue solo careers. They never reunited. In fact, they broke up a month before their last record was released, “Let It Be.”