Historically, many bands and musicians have come to LA to make it big in this West Coast rock city. It's easy to forget about the local groups who built up a following in Los Angeles and came to be known as the city's pride. Many met in high school and started the proverbial garage band. Other bands, musicians and rock stars from LA were influenced by our town's vibrant street scene and multicultural influences.
1. Gwen Stefani
Ok, technically Anaheim, where rock star Gwen Stefani was born and raised, is part of Orange County. But I'm going to let this one squeak by since she has so much style and flair that it's an honor to consider her a Los Angeles native. Her band No Doubt formed in the late '80s in Anaheim. The colloquial term 'no doubt' is undeniably So.Cal in its vibe, origin and usage.
3. Maroon 5
Where else would James Hetlfield and the gang head-bang and rock out but the sweat-drenched halls of music venues in So.Cal? Although drummer Lars Ulrich was born in Denmark he lived in LA from his teen years on. It was here that he met singer/guitarist Hetfield, a Downey, California native. They formed the band with bassist Robert Trujillo of Santa Monica and guitarist Kirk Hammett, a Northern Californian. And so this LA 'metal militia' was formed in 1981.
The arty indy musical artist Back Hansen, more commonly known as just 'Beck,' was born in Los Angeles in 1970. He grew up in LA living with his divorced mother and his brother.
6. The Beach Boys
Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson of Hawthorne decided to form a band with their cousin Mike Love and a school mate from Hawthorne High School, Al Jardine. The result was the legendary pop group The Beach Boys.
7. Snoop Dogg
Four words for you: West Coast Hip Hop. Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Calvin Broadus) is the champion of the scene. The iconic rapper was born and raised in Long Beach.
8. Josh Groban
9. The Go-Go's
Hollywood-born and raised Go-Go's frontwoman Belinda Carlisle was a punk rocker back in the seminal days of the rebellious movement here in Los Angeles. She formed the Go-Go's with guitarist Jane Wiedlin. They were later joined by Santa Monica native guitarist/keyboardist Charlotte Caffey, drummer Gina Schock and bassist Kathy Valentine. The core lineup for the infamous girl band was solidified by 1980.
10. Tenacious D
Are they a joke or are they for real? Whether you take Jack Black's band Tenacious D seriously or think of them as a musical extension of his comedy, they don't seem to go away. California native founders Black and Kyle Gass wouldn't have it any other way. The former grew up in Santa Monica and attended Crossroads School (whose halls saw other luminaries like Zooey Deschanel and Gwyneth Paltrow).