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Lead Singer Disease

Steve Hynder can make an interesting article about Nate Ruess.

This kind of “soft” piggybacking became common practice for lead singers in the ’80s. Around the time that Jagger did his end-around on the Stones, Lionel Richie piggybacked on the Commodores, Stevie Nicks piggybacked on Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins piggybacked on Genesis, David Lee Roth piggybacked on Van Halen, Boy George piggybacked on Culture Club, and Sting piggybacked on the Police. Meanwhile, superstars previously aligned with famous backing bands — like Prince and the Revolution, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — began to remake themselves as solo acts.

via Grantland.