When you hear of a Supergroup, 9 times out of ten they never work out. There really only are three that lived up to expectations….Cream, CSNY, and The Traveling Wilburys.
The worst Supergroup list is much more voluminous and include Mr. Big, Them Crooked Vultures, Hollywood Vampires, Lou Reed Metallica, Chickenfoot, The Good The Bad & The Queen, Monsters of Folk, Audioslave, Velvet Revolver, and Zwan to name a few. It’s exhausting just listing that many bad bands. When you go through all these groups rosters it is really depressing thinking of all the amazing individual talent involved.
The Traveling Wilburys consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty; bucked the historical trend and produced a classic album. The album was written by all five artists, and recorded over a ten-day period in May 1988. Unfortunately this would be the only music the complete Supergroup would produce as Roy Orbison died of a heart attack in December 6, 1988. The group would make another album without Orbison, but it wasn’t the same. It’s one of those “Who knows what could have been” questions when you think back about this group.
To imagine this group touring together and playing Wilbury tunes sprinkled with individual tunes would arguably be the best show ever. Beatles tunes, Dylan tunes, ELO tunes, Orbison tunes, and Petty tunes. All you can do is dream of that tour. Here is their standout tune, “Handle With Care”.
Fun Fact: Tom Petty’s involvement came by chance, as Harrison had left his guitar at Petty’s house and Harrison went to get it and invited Petty to join the session. Sick