Guitarists Who Play(ed) with Their Siblings
For some reason, the guitarists, particularly the lead, tend to shine more than the players of other instruments in the band. This might by one of the reasons that so many people, save for the die-hard fans, simply have no idea that there are siblings playing in the same band. I’m a bit of a trivia nut, so here are some of the sets of siblings you may not have known played in the same band.
Willie and Chris Adler – Lamb of God
You may know Lamb of God for their lead singer, Randy Blythe, who was almost convicted of involuntary manslaughter. You may also have known them for their amazing guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler. Well, Willie’s brother Chris is not only the drummer for this band. He was also the only original member of the band out of the two brothers. When LOG started back in the early 90s, they were ‘Burn the Priest’ and Morton and Chris Adler were two of the founding members. Years later, they were the only two remaining and had added new members, including Chris’s little brother Willie.
Nancy and Ann Wilson – Heart
If you don’t know who heart is, just look up their song ‘Barracuda’ on YouTube. I’ve never met a person who didn’t like Heart, including people who are half my age. Although not an all-female act, Heart was one of the biggest bands to so prominently feature women, especially on guitar. Nancy Wilson is the rhythm guitarist of this band, and her older sister Ann is the vocalist. These two started out back in the 70s and they’re still playing today, sounding just as good as ever. Here they are doing a tribute to legends Led Zeppelin with Stairway to Heaven, along with Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin’s late drummer, John Bonham. Brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it.
Angus and Malcolm Young – AC/DC
Even if you don’t know who they are, you’ve still definitely heard their songs. AC/DC are the guys who played practically half the songs in the Iron Man movies. The Aussie band was started by the brothers back in the 70s. Both brothers play guitar, with Angus on lead and elder brother Malcolm on rhythm. But you may know Angus best for his schoolboy outfit and iconic stage presence. He had tried out all kinds of costumed before settling on this one, including a Spiderman costume and a gorilla!
Eddie and Alex Van Halen (and Wolfgang) – Van Halen
You have probably heard of Eddie Van Halen and his band Van Halen. This band had some of the most popular songs and a lot of band drama. Here they are with one of their most famous tracks, Jump. What you probably didn’t know is that lead guitarist, founder, and namesake of the band Eddie Van Halen has a brother. Alex Van Halen is the band’s drummer, and when the two first started learning instruments, it was actually Alex who played guitar, with Eddie on drums. Out of frustration at Alex’s sneaking into play Eddie’s drums, Eddie decided to simply exchange instruments. And now they are a part of history. Even more incredible today is that the current lineup of Van Halen features a third Van Halen: Eddie’s son Wolfgang, who now plays bass for the band.
Duane and Gregg Allman
This list would be incomplete without the original ‘brothers’. Duane and Gregg Allman, way back in the 60s, were, unsurprisingly, the Allman Brothers. With Duane on guitar and Gregg on keyboards, truly left a mark on pretty much every rock and metal band in the 70s and 80s, and still have an influence today. Their bluesy, country, jazzy music appealed to so many people. Unfortunately, a motorbike accident took the life of Duane Allman early on in their career. Since then, from time to time, the remaining members have reunited, along with several others, to perform, record, and pay tribute to their fellow rocker.
So how many other guitarists do you know who play or have played in bands with their family?