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Supergroups: From Cream and Traveling Wilburys to Audioslave and Chickenfoot

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In terms of big-name recognition, no supergroup features more talent than the Traveling Wilburys, a quintet that featured four Rock and Roll Hall of Famers — Bob Dylan, the Beatles' George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty — along with Electric Light Orchestra mastermind Jeff Lynne. The five-piece recorded one album together, Vol. 1, and after the passing of Orbison, reconvened as a quartet for 1990's Vol. 3.

Supergroups: Chickenfoot

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What do you do when you get kicked out of your band? If you're former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, you recruit the Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and form a new rock supergroup called Chickenfoot. The quartet stormed to the upper echelons of the charts with their self-titled debut album and they continueto sell out venues on a nightly basis.

Supergroups: Mad Season

Mad Season

Another Seattle-based supergroup, Mad Season featured Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley linking up with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, the Walkabouts' bassist John Baker Saunders and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin in 1995 for an especially grungetastic album called Above. Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan also contributed two guest spots on the album, which featured the hit "River of Deceit." Sadly, the deaths of Staley and Saunders ensured that Above would be this supergroup's lone album.

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