Iconic Bands Born on College Campuses
While students enroll in college for a scholastic pursuit, many find that their college careers foster their social and artistic aspirations as well.
In fact, five iconic bands were actually humbly founded on college campuses and then grew to be the international sensations they are today.
1. Coldplay: This British band was first organized by lead vocalist Chris Martin and guitarist Johnny Buckland. The two met at University College London’s orientation week. Originally known as Pectoralz, the band changed their name after another student’s band, who was also called Coldplay, per that student’s suggestion.
2. Creed: Lead singer Scott Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti went to high school together in Florida but formed their band, Creed, in college at Florida State University and released their first album in 1997.
3. Pink Floyd: Rebellious rock band Pink Floyd was formed in England by architecture students at the Regent Street Polytecnic school in London, Nick Mason and Roger Waters.
4. Queen: Imperial College students guitarist Brian May and bass player Tim Staffell formed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band with dental student drummer Roger Taylor. They named their group Smile originally, before later changed the name to Queen once Farrokh “Freddie” Busara joined the band.
5. R.E.M.: Responsible for the hits “The One I Love” and “Shiny Happy People”, and once known as “America’s Best Rock and Roll Band” according to Rolling Stone Magazine, R.E.M. was created at the University of Georgia by singer Michael Stipe and guitarist Peter Buck.