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Supergroups: 10 of the best from the past

The supergroup - that pop-music phenomenon where already-famous musicians collaborate to create a new, sometimes short-lived band - is still alive and well.

Just last year, several supergroups went supernova - from the hard-rocking and unfortunately named Chickenfoot (Van Halen's Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony; Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith; and local guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani) to the power-poppy Tinted Windows (Hanson's Taylor Hanson; Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha; Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger; and Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos).

Included in that list is the classic alt-rock trio Them Crooked Vultures - Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl from Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme - who play Roseland Ballroom tonight.

Here are 10 other supergroups from years past:


1. Blind Faith

MEMBERS Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker (Cream), Steve Winwood (Traffic), Rick Grech

ERA 1969

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KNOWN FOR Blues rock that rose from ashes of Cream, Clapton and Baker's previous band

SONG "Sea of Joy"


2. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

MEMBERS David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young

ERA 1969-70, off-and-on to the present

KNOWN FOR The folkies' second show was at Woodstock

SONG "Teach Your Children"


3. Emerson, Lake and Palmer

MEMBERS Keith Emerson (The Nice), Greg Lake (King Crimson), Carl Palmer

ERA '70s, early and late '90s and possibly this summer at Britain's High Voltage Fest

KNOWN FOR Prog's first supergroup (after the first breakup, Palmer joined '80s supergroup Asia)

SONG "Lucky Man"


4. Bad Company

MEMBERS Boz Burrell (King Crimson), Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople), Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke (Free)

ERA Early '70s to early '80s, mid-'80s to mid-'90s with new members, original members might be back for U.K. shows in April

KNOWN FOR Managed by Led Zeppelin's manager, Peter Grant; also signed to Zep's Swan Song Records

SONG "Can't Get Enough of Your Love"


5. The Highwaymen

MEMBERS Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson

ERA '85-'95

KNOWN FOR A legendary outlaw country most-wanted list

SONG Their version of "Desperados Waiting for a Train"


6. Traveling Wilburys

MEMBERS George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison

ERA Late '80s, early '90s

KNOWN FOR Best supergroup ever? A Beatle, Dylan and Petty together? Orbison died right after the first album, "Vol. 1," was released

SONG "Handle With Care"


7. The Power Station

MEMBERS Robert Palmer, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Tony Thompson

ERA 1985, 1996

KNOWN FOR A true '80s deal - two Duranies, a member of Chic and Mr. "Addicted to Love"; its '96 album flopped

SONG Their version of "Bang a Gong (Get It On)"


8. Temple of the Dog

MEMBERS Chris Cornell, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Matt Cameron

ERA 1990

KNOWN FOR A grungy homage to the late singer of Mother Love Bone. Soundgarden's Cornell later went on to front Audioslave.

SONG "Hunger Strike"


9. Velvet Revolver

MEMBERS Slash, Scott Weiland, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Dave Kushner

ERA 2002-2008

KNOWN FOR VR stood in for Van Halen when VH didn't show at the 2007 Rock Hall induction ceremony

SONG "Slither"


10. Child Rebel Soldier

MEMBERS Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Lupe Fiasco

ERA 2007-now

KNOWN FOR There's an album in the works; "Us Placers" made Rolling Stone's top 100 songs of '07 (No. 43).

SONG "Us Placers"

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