In music, a side project is a project undertaken by one or more people already known for their involvement in another band. It can also be an artist or a band temporarily switching to a different style. Usually these projects emphasize a different aspect of that person's or that band's musical interests that they feel they cannot explore within the boundaries established by their main project.

Side projects can later become full-time endeavours, like Hot Tuna or New Riders of the Purple Sage. This should not be confused with quitting a band for a solo career or another band.

Other times, a side project can be a continuation of a particular band's legacy and music after that band have disbanded. Examples of these can include Manzarek-Krieger, The Honeydrippers, and the various spin-off groups of the Grateful Dead.

A side project may also be a supergroup, giving certain artists an opportunity to work with each other when they normally wouldn't be able to do so.

List of side projects[edit | edit source]

Often various artists can start up multiple side projects, undertaking one at a certain point in time before starting another, or sometimes at the same time. Within a band, multiple members of a band can participate in the same side project, or just one can start one up.

Note: Everything here is sorted by artist.

Steven Adler[edit | edit source]

Trey Anastasio[edit | edit source]

Phil Anselmo[edit | edit source]

Avenged Sevenfold[edit | edit source]

Chester Bennington[edit | edit source]

Blink-182[edit | edit source]

David Bowie[edit | edit source]

Phil Collins[edit | edit source]

Deep Purple[edit | edit source]

Disturbed[edit | edit source]

The Doors[edit | edit source]

Eminem[edit | edit source]

Mick Fleetwood[edit | edit source]

Fleetwood Mac[edit | edit source]

Jerry Garcia[edit | edit source]

Ian Gillan[edit | edit source]

Grateful Dead[edit | edit source]

Peter Green[edit | edit source]

Green Day[edit | edit source]

Dave Grohl[edit | edit source]

Guns N' Roses[edit | edit source]

Tracii Guns[edit | edit source]

Rob Halford[edit | edit source]

Mickey Hart[edit | edit source]

Glenn Hughes[edit | edit source]

Iron Maiden[edit | edit source]

Jane's Addiction[edit | edit source]

Jefferson Airplane[edit | edit source]

  • Hot Tuna (started out as a Jefferson Airplane side project but grew to become its own entity.)
  • KBC Band

Led Zeppelin[edit | edit source]

Phil Lesh[edit | edit source]

Alex Lifeson[edit | edit source]

Lynyrd Skynyrd[edit | edit source]

Dave Matthews[edit | edit source]

Metallica[edit | edit source]

Panic! at the Disco[edit | edit source]

Pantera[edit | edit source]

Robert Plant[edit | edit source]

Queens of the Stone Age[edit | edit source]

R.E.M.[edit | edit source]

Trent Reznor[edit | edit source]

Santana[edit | edit source]

Nikki Sixx[edit | edit source]

Slash[edit | edit source]

Matt Sorum[edit | edit source]

Izzy Stradlin[edit | edit source]

Talking Heads[edit | edit source]

Tenacious D[edit | edit source]

Bob Weir[edit | edit source]

Pete Wentz[edit | edit source]

Zakk Wylde[edit | edit source]

Yes[edit | edit source]

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