Over-inflated egos, booze, drugs, money problems, artistic differences, Yokos, and death are the key reasons why bands break up. If a rock star who lost or left his band doesn’t die, then all he needs to do is keep his mind right and find like-minded musicians with the same teenager-in-the-garage ambition to start a new band. If there are seasoned veterans in the line-up, then you’ve got one of those super groups, as they are frequently called nowadays.
Guns N’ Roses split up with the help of a member’s over-inflated ego, and then Stone Temple Pilots broke up due to a member’s relationship with smack. And you know that a super group (Velvet Revolver) was formed that sold lots and lots of records. Cool and groovy. Now, what did the other survivors end up doing?
Some started bands with dudes that left their bands.
Army Of Anyone is ex-Stone Temple Pilots string-bending brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo, ex-Filter vocalist Richard Patrick, and esteemed session drummer Ray Luzier. AoA released its self-titled debut album last year, generated some buzz on satellite radio with the single “Goodbye”, and then hit the road.
Headlining the 2007 Snocore Tour, this band of seasoned veterans came to Anaheim’s House of Blues to prove their mettle. They played with the passion, emotion, and intensity one expects from better-quality rock, for the small but very enthused Anaheim audience. Dean DeLeo’s guitar tone and playing style caused me to have STP flashbacks, as expected. Bassist Robert DeLeo’s slick, percussive rhythm on “Vasoline” with his brother’s accompaniment had the audience eating out of their hands. It was apparent that many people were there because they heard that a few Stone Temple Pilots songs would be in the set. (They could’ve filtered out the Filter as far as I’m concerned, but there I was at Snocore.) Singer Richard Patrick was energetic and for the most part entertaining, but it was the other three musicians who were the show. Ray Luzier’s drumming is otherfuckingworldly. Visually there are two, maybe three drummers who are as fun to watch as this man. He beats his drums rotten, abusing each piece of equipment encasing him.
The set list included a mix of songs from the Army Of Anyone album, Filter, and Stone Temple Pilots.