10 Bands That Just Weren’t the Same Once the Tension Was Gone

Queens of the Stone Age are re-releasing their self-titled debut album at the moment, 13 years after it introduced the new project for ex-Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme and ex-Dwarves bassist Nick Oliveri to the world. Since then, of course, QOTSA have gone on to global domination, even after Oliveri left in mysterious circumstances in 2004. The whole re-release has got us thinking about just how good QOTSA were when the Homme/Oliveri partnership was at its peak, and as a result, also about bands that haven’t been the same once the creative partnership that drove them came to its inevitable end. The history of rock’n’roll is littered with the fragments of such partnerships. Here are ten of our picks.