Originally created 03/16/05

Bands fight to eight, but who still rocks?



Lost love. Has any topic fueled more rock 'n' roll songs?

The white-hot emotion of youth bubbles like magma at rock's core. Few scenarios generate heat like a good breakup. Rock stars know this best of all. When you get as many women as they do, heartbreak is inevitable. So is another kind of breakup - the band breakup.

Maybe it's big egos. Maybe it's "artistic differences." Or maybe somebody dies. Whatever the reason, every band in our Elite Eight has broken up at least once, and all still out on the road in one form or another.

What comes before the breakup? Warning signs. Band breakups are no exception. Listen to the lyrics and you'll hear the harbingers of doom.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Prophecy: "Well the talk on the street/Says you might go solo." - I Need to Know, 1978.

Fulfillment: Mr. Petty ditches the Heartbreakers at will, recording Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers - two of his biggest albums - without them.Where are they now? Their most recent tour was for The Last DJ, in 2002. Presumably still together but on hiatus.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Prophecy: "Say you'll be all right come tomorrow/But tomorrow might not be here for you." - That Smell, 1977.

Fulfillment: Three days after Street Survivor is released, band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines die in a plane crash over Mississippi.

Where are they now? On the road. Johnny Van Zant is now the singer for the band, which still includes original members Billy Powell and Gary Rossington.

Aerosmith

Prophecy: "I know it's everybody's sin/You got to lose to know how to win." - Dream On, 1972.

Fulfillment: Guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford leave the band. Mr. Perry and frontman Steven Tyler battle drug addictions, but the band comes back bigger than ever in the late '80s.

Where are they now? Alive and well. Last album was 2004's Honkin' on Bobo.

the Beach Boys

Prophecy: "If you should ever leave me/Though life would still go on, believe me/The world could show nothing to me/So what good would livin' do me?/God only knows what I'd be without you." - God Only Knows (1966)

Fulfillment: Brian Wilson, the band's chief songwriter, suffered a series of nervous breakdowns in the mid-1960s and descended into a long period of drug use and mental problems and rarely performed live with the band.

Where are they now? Mike Love and Bruce Johnston have licensed The Beach Boys name for a summer tour.

The Allman Brothers Band

Prophecy: "You seem really sure 'bout something I don't know/Take that load off, looks like chest's about to go." - Wasted Words (1973)

Fulfillment: Kept playing through the deaths of guitarist Duane Allman and bass player Berry Oakley, but split after singer Gregg Allman testified in the 1975 drug trial of the band's former road manager.

Where are they now? Still on the road.

The Doors

Prophecy: "Of our elaborate plans, the end/Of everything that stands, the end/No safety or surprise, the end/I'll never look into your eyes... again." - The End (1967)

Fulfillment: After leading the band through four wildly successful and controversial years, lead singer Jim Morrison died in a Paris bathtub.

Where are they now? Guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek perform as The Doors of the 21st Century.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Prophecy: "The man from the magazine said I was on my way/somewhere I lost connections, ran out of songs to play." - Lodi (1969)

Fulfillment: Leader John Fogerty broke up the band at the height of its popularity.

Where are they now? Bass player Stu Cook and drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford perform as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

The Eagles

Prophecy: "Oh, and it's a hollow feelin' when/It comes down to dealin' friends." - Tequila Sunrise (1973)

Fulfillment: The band officially broke up in May 1982, but members including Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh went on to successful solo careers.

Where are they now? After years of saying that hell would have to freeze over for the group to reunite, the band released Hell Freezes Over in 1994 and began a series of successful concert tours. A limited-edition box set, which includes the group's entire '70s catalog on nine CDs, was released Tuesday.

By the numbers

Open doors: The votes rolled in as The Doors shut out their competition with the most votes - 3,301.down for the count: Nirvana had a less-than-perfect scenario, receiving the fewest votes - 1,129.

On the streets: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band were kicked to the curb as they were the only higher-seeded band defeated by a lower-seed, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Still chillin': The Beach Boys barely drifted past Van Halen by winning just 52 percent of the votes.

Vote On: To cast a semifinal vote, go to jacksonville.com, key words: "rock and roll."