What do Johnny Deep and Alice Cooper have in common? The desire to create a very exciting new supergroup it would seem. Eclectic actor Depp has joined forces with rock stars Alice Copper, Joe Perry, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum to form The Hollywood Vampires - a collaboration announced at the beginning of this year that will debut with two live Los Angeles gigs in September and perform Rock in Rio in Brazil later in the same month.

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp plans to wow audiences with his rock music skills in Hollywood Vampires

The addition of Johnny Depp as a musical accompaniment may sound strange to those who remember the Pirates of the Caribbean actor eschewing the idea of thespians crossing over to the world of music.

He once said in a Rolling Stone interview: "I hate the idea, ‘Come see me play the guitar because you’ve seen me in 12 movies’"

"You want the people who are listening to the music to only be interested in the music."

But while this new change of tune may be strange, it’s not that strange in the world of the supergroup...

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Have you been to the Year 3000? Naughties boy band Busted have and it seems that as well as your great, great, great, granddaughter there is the desire for a super boy band comprising two Busted members and the four from McFly - creating McBusted.

The two became one when, in September 2013, McFly performed four special concerts at the Royal Albert Hall to commemorate their 10th anniversary and Matt Wills and James Bourne from Busted made a surprise appearance.

McBustedMcBusted - the Super Boy Band

Under McBusted at that event, the six-piece played Busted’s Air Hostess and McFly’s Shine a Light and by November of the same year, the novelty six-piece had become a permanent fixture.

Since the new line-up, the boys have enjoyed a sell-out 34 show nationwide tour, going on the road with One Direction in Demark and a number of 2015 summer appearances.

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However, the longevity of the McSupergroup was called into question when Tom Fletcher of McFly said: "McBusted was an opportunity to have fun without knowing where it would take us but McFly is for life.

"We want to make album number six."


American rock supergroup, Audioslave, permeated our ear drums with great music from 2001 to 2007.

The band was made up of former Soundgarden lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell and former Rage Against The Machine members, Tom Morello, Tim Cummerford and Brad Wilk.

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Initially dubbed as a basic combination of Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine, by the band’s second album it was clear that they had a distinct, individual identity of their own - blending 1970s hard rock with 1990s alternative rock.

However, despite three albums, three Grammy nominations and becoming the first American rock band to perform an open air concert in Cuba, it seems this supergroup did not disband on a super friendly note.

Chris Cornell released a statement that said he was leaving the band "due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical difference" and that was the end of that.

The Raconteurs

Whether you know them as The Raconteurs or The Saboteurs if you’re in Australia, most people know this one of Jack White’s many offshoots as a band that is definitely worth listening out for.

Jack WhiteJack White headed up The Raconteurs until the band took a hiatus in 2011

The group comprises Jack White of the former White Stripes and the current Dead Weather, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence of the Greenhornes, Blanche and The Dead Weather and Patrick Keeler also of The Greenhornes.

The band began in 2005 with Steady, As She Goes and tried to denounce the concept of the ‘Supergroup’, claiming that they were simply a new band made up of old friends.

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The band - super or no - released two albums, Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers Of The Lonely but since 2011, they have been on a hiatus that Brendan Benson suggested could be a split explaining that a new Raconteurs album is "off the table".

Velvet Revolver

Velvet Revolver were anything but velvety with a super collaboration that created hard rock with former Guns ‘N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum alongside Dave Kushner of punk band Wasted Youth. Original vocalist Scoot Weiland, formerly of Stone Temple, left the band in 2008 with critics suggesting that the band’s disconnect with Scott’s style was one of their downfalls.

However, with Scott the band achieved commercial success with their album Contraband and won a Grammy award for Slither for Best Hard Rock Performance.

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They released Libertad in 2007 but when Weiland left a year later to reform with Stone Temple, Velvet Revolver was unable put anything new out, asking their fans for time to go through whatever creative process was necessary to replace Weiland.