52014 seems to be the year of the comeback (of sorts) for back-in-the-day bands that are still patch worked together, and putting out new material. In the interests of full disclosure, we have not done the research to determine if any of the bands are in violation of rule number 3 of The Falcon’s Nest Rock and Roll handbook which says that in order to use your original band name you must conform to the following OBM (Original Band Member) ratio.

Solo Act

1 original band member.  Michael Jackson is in violation of the OBM.


2 original members. Touring as The Everly Brother would be a violation of the OBM.


3 original members. John Fogerty approached us for an exception since 2/3 of the members are dead.  He was turned down citing the Bee Gees as a precedent.

Four Member Group

If there is only one original member there can be no ongoing litigation of the rights to the band name, otherwise the application will be denied. Two or more members is about as good as you would expect these days unless you are AC/DC.

More than 4

With groups of four or more we generally go off the books and handle it on a case by case basis. Generally we like 50% as a rule of thumb, however as with our recent application review for Chicago, our heads start to spin out of control with all of that numbers crunching.

Here are five bands still going strong(?) in 2014.

Night Ranger – Knock Knock Never Stop  (3.5 out of 5)

Uriah Heep – One Minute (2 out of 5)

Nazareth – Rock and Roll Telephone (2.5 out of 5)

Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls (3 out of 5)

Chicago – Now (zero out of 5)