We all remember riding around on hot summer days, rocking out to bands like Sugar Ray and Creed. But now we're older, and whenever someone plays one of those songs, it's strictly with a grin just to see how long it takes for somebody to complain.
Some of the fellas on this list have carved out a nice career for themselves, like Eddie Vedder or even the Gallagher brothers of Oasis to a certain extent. But for some of the other guys, well, yeesh. Some of these dudes have been treading water for the past decade or so. Everyone loved guys like Adam Duritz and Scott Weiland, but the years haven't kind to either one of these rockers.But where does that leave the famous names behind those songs? Well, they're kind of screwed.
Chris Cornell is probably the only guy on here I won't say anything bad about. He, in my opinion, had the best pipes of any grunge singer, and if you listen to any Soundgarden album, you can hear it. Unfortunately, he doesn't anymore, and his sinking solo project will show it.He's proof that mainstream radio doesn't care about any of these guys anymore. They'd much rather play the old cut of "Black Hole Sun" than anything Cornell has produced on his own.
#12 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#23 on The Best Frontmen in Rock
It's possible you, like most Americans, had no idea Dolores O'Riordan was voicing an angry and impassioned screed against sectarian violence in Northern Ireland when you sung along to "Zombie" on the radio about five times a day when that song was everywhere. Not long thereafter, they tore up the MTV Awards, despite sound problems, with "Salvation," another angry and impassioned screed, this time about drug use.
In 2007, O'Riordan released a solo album, though canceled most of her European tour in support of the record due to illness. In 2010, the Cranberries made a comeback, and toured the world, and released the album Roses in 2012. The band also toured in 2016. As of 2005, O'Riordan was one of Ireland's 10 richest women.
Throughout her fame, O'Riordan lived in Ireland. She lived on a 150-acre farm for six years, and in Dublin after that. In 1994, she married Don Burton, a tour manager for Duran Duran. The two divorced in 2014, after having three children. In that same year, she was arrested for allegedly attacking a flight attendant and a police officer on a flight.
This guy was the crazy, drug-addled lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, who tried way too hard to ride the grunge wave, but still somehow made it onto mainstream radio. Pick up one of their albums, and you'll think you're listening to the original Grand Theft Auto soundtrack. Vague, effortless lyrics, and super-simple guitar parts (the first song I ever learned was by these guys).
Not too exciting stuff, but since then, Weiland has been involved in very exciting stuff, being arrested for attempting to buy crack cocaine, and then again for heroin possession. He also had a brief relationship with Kurt Cobain's former wife (and possible murderer) Courtney Love, claiming they "shot drugs the whole time."
Oh, and he sings for Velvet Revolver, but no one gives a damn about them.
Scott Weiland passed away in his sleep on December 3, 2015. He was 48 years old. His Wildabout bandmates found him dead in their tour bus moments before they were supposed to go on stage and perform.
#65 on The Best Frontmen in Rock
Remember Smashing Pumpkins? The band that usurped Pearl Jam's crown as kings of alternative rock in, say, 1993, and held it until about 1997? The only rock band besides REM and U2 big enough to challenge hip hop and R&B chart hegemony in the mid-90s? The band that put out a 160-minute opus, followed by a box set of b-sides, in which metal, pop, prog, country, folk, electronica, and glam collided in marvelous ways, and which moved something like 10 million units?
On top of all that, the Pumpkins have been called Gen X's Pink Floyd, and, when Rolling Stone asked readers to pick the best albums of the '90s, the band was the only group with two records on the list. Yet the Pumpkins broke up in 2000, and when vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter Billy Corgan and original (and since departed) drummer Jimmy Chamberlin reformed the group and released an album in 2007, the music press began throwing rotten eggs, and hasn't stopped since, despite the strength of its 2010s output.
So what happened to Corgan? After a co-headline Smashing Pumpkins tour with Marilyn Manson in summer 2015 and a maybe abandoned massive song cycle based on the Tarot deck, he's done an acoustic tour under the Pumpkins moniker, during which he reunited with Chamberlin and original SP guitarist James Iha (in Los Angeles). In early 2017, he traveled around the country by train, talking to various people in small towns and playing songs acoustically in random locations, while documenting his trip on Snapchat and through daily video releases. To celebrate his 50th birthday in 2017, he's playing his 50 favorite songs from his collection, recording them, and releasing them.
On top of all this, Corgan released a few very well regarded albums with super group Zwan in the early 2000s (it went drastically pear-shaped pretty quickly), put out a solo album, owns a tea house called Madam ZuZu's in Highland Park, IL, and has performed a live, improvised, eight-hour analog synthesizer interpretation of Herman Hesse's Siddhartha, which was eventually released in an edited version as a five-LP box set.