Sometimes a lead singer gets kicked out of a band, or leaves when their head gets too big for them. How well did they do on their own?
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|Default||Dallas Smith||Dallas Smith crossed genres from the hard rock group Default to a solo career in country music. Smith has become a top performing artist in his home country of Canada. - harderman|
|Queen||Freddie Mercury||He had fine succes with Living On My Own. - mads..|
|Edgar Winther Group||Dan Hartman||He's best known for his solo songs, more exactly, his most famous songs(not counting other's versions) are, "I Can Dream about You" and "We Are The Young". - mads.|
|Kajagoogoo||Limahl||Considering that the band forcibly removed Limahl from the group, taking bad advice from one of their managers that Limahl was the reason why they couldn't shed that "teenybopper" image, I could sense during VH1 Bands Reunited interview that there were still sour grapes between Limahl and the rest of the band. I'm not kidding either. Limahl seemed to still be upset that the band and their managers wanted to "be rid of him!" But despite the awful way that he was let go from the band Limahl still did really well. - Celeste|
|Fifth Harmony||Camila Cabello||Fifth Harmony did have a couple of hits, but Camila is proving to be so much better solo, what with both "Havana" and "Never Be the Same" hitting number one and all. - Ariana Grande mocha swirl|
|Pink Floyd||Roger Waters||He spent the later albums during his PF career (pure examples are The Wall and The Final Cut) to himself (vocals, songwriting and the like), so he could've just credited them to his name and put the other band members as "produced by" rather than being kicked out. - Aaron|
|Vixen||Janet Gardner||She exited her former band in January 2019 to focus on her solo career. - Joey F.|
|Rage Aginst the Machine||Tom Morello||He has played in the supergroup Audioslave, released solo acoustic albums under the moniker 'The Nightwatchman', gives tutorials on Youtube about how he makes those innovative-crazy sounds on his electric 6-string ('You Too Can Be a Guitar God!') and on top of that - around 2014 when Little Steven Van Zandt was contractually involved in a movie project, Tom played guitar on the Bruce Springsteen 'High Hopes' album (some tracks, not all) and I saw him sub for Little Steven on that tour. During the band intros tom played a wacky guitar workout. Since it was 2014, the 'Year of the Beatles' (50th anniversary of them 'invading' America, which meant that nearly every band I saw that year played a Beatles song - TRUE), it was find of 'funny' to see Tom Morello w/ Nils Lofgren sharing a mic singing a Beatles song, as well as other NON-PROTEST popular classic gems that Bruce often does near the end of his 4 hour shows. - 2 Guitar Heros Are Better Than 1|
|Chicago||Peter Cetera||Peter broke it off with Chicago describing his experience with the band as being like a marriage. They divorced. - Celeste|
|Barenaked Ladies||Stephen Page||The band broke it off with him because he had become addicted to drugs. - Celeste|
|Guns N' Roses||Slash||Slash finally left GNR in 1996 after disagreements in the band caused him to be toxic to himself. - Celeste|
|Laughing Hyenas||John Brannon||The Laughing Hyenas' lead singer, he formed the group with Larissa Strickland(previously of L-7) in 1985. After the band broke up in 1995, Brannon later formed Easy Action, and reunited with Negative Approach. - Cotton Lorraine|
|Perfume||Yuka Kawashima||Yuka Kawashima left the group in order to pursue her studies. She later joined another group called Risky, and then attempted a solo career as Yuka. She graduated from the Hiroshima University of Economics in 2011. Nowadays she lives in Hiroshima and works at YNN47. - music|
|Play||Janet Leon||Since the discontinuation of everGirl during the disbandment of Play, Janet Leon went solo and recorded some of her music. - Brandon Reina|
|The Germs||Belinda Carlisle||The Germs' first drummer for a very brief period, under which she was known as "Dottie Danger," Carlisle later became the singer for the Go-Go's. - Alan the Ottoman|
|Platinum Blonde||Kenny MacLean||After Platinum Blonde broke up in 1991 Kenny went on to release a string of successful solo albums which netted him a Juno nomination for Most Promising Male and a SOCAN award for songwriting. - Celeste|
|Tears For Fears||Roland Orzabal||Well, I'm only saying this because he should have more solo projects under his name personally and not as TFF. - Estekay|
|Van Halen||Michael Anthony||The bass player for the classic VH lineup and Van Hagar, Mike now plays in all of Sammy Hagar's solo endeavors, including Chickenfoot and The Circle. After he left VH, he was replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen. - GlamRockNinjaLord|
|Slayer||Dave Lombardo||Dave was fired from Slayer and now plays in an interesting supergroup called Philm. - GlamRockNinjaLord|
|The Sex Pistols||John Lydon||Otherwise known as Johnny Rotten, after the Pistols disbanded, Lydon formed the group Public Image Ltd, who still release new music and perform on occasion to this day. - GlamRockNinjaLord|
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|Celeste (site rank #28)||33|
|Paul Warren (site rank #46)||26|
|GlamRockNinjaLord (site rank #25)||23|
|Alan the Ottoman||7|
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