What makes bands more interesting than solo artists?

There’s something about the rock band. It’s like a ‘band of brothers’ coming together, not just to make music but to change the world. (Of course, not to be sexist, we can have a ‘band of brothers and sisters’).

A band has a distinct style and image, even a mystique, like the whole is greater than the sum of their parts.

Could you imagine Bono soloing without Edge’s delaying riffs? Could you imagine The Who without drummer Keith Moon? Plus there are the songwriting teams: Lennon and McCartney -a songwriting duo that changed the face of rock music. Sure they did well when they went solo, but obviously there’s something special about The Beatles.

That’s why I’m a bit dubious about INXS’s attempts to make a comeback with a new singer -Michael Hutchins. The guy is an Australian Icon after all.

When a band comes together, each player brings a uniqueness. It’s something that separates them from a bunch of session musicians. Even their weaknesses can become strengths. This is one reason why I believe there’s a certain romantic notion about bringing a band together. It’s musical camaraderie.


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