In an argument against musicians going it alone that is somehow even more compelling than all the KISS members' solo albums put together, a new study by researchers who didn't really want to be doing science stuff today has determined that an early demise is twice as likely for solo musicians as it is for members of bands. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University looked at the history of some 1,489 rock and pop stars who became famous between 1956 and 2009, concluding scientifically what many already suspected and romanticized—that rock stars die young way more often than normal people—and that rock stars who go it alone are twice as likely to die prematurely than those who perform in bands. The study's lead researcher speculates that the latter factor "could be because bands provide peer support at stressful times," but it's also possibly because being in a band means everyone gets a smaller share of the blow. On that note, American musicians were found to be more likely to die young than British ones, as according to the data, British musicians don't know how to fucking party.
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