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. However, his solo work didn't quite stand up to the rest.
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.
Tragically, Chris Cornell passed in 2017, though he left behind a great deal of incredible music.
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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.
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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.
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REM was one of the biggest rock bands of the '90s, and one of the most important and influential underground groups of the '80s. Enigmatic frontman Michael Stipe, whose poetic lyrics and emotional voice deeply effected even those who had no idea what he was mumbling about, was a major rock celebrity throughout much of the '90s.
Since REM broke up in 2011, Stipe has grown an enormous beard and kept himself busy with everything from performing REM classic "Losing My Religion" with Coldplay at a Hurricane Sandy benefit at Madison Square Garden to inducting Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also spent some time channeling his creative energy into brass and bronze sculpture, which was displayed a gallery in Manhattan in 2016.
After performing tributes to David Bowie in 2016 along with pianist and composer Paul Cantelon, know for his compositions for movies like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Stipe decided to rededicate himself to music. In May 2017, he debuts an audio-visual installation exploring desire and movement at MoogFest, which contains his first-ever solo compositions.
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