Just got Levon Helm's new disc, Electric Dirt - it has the soul/essence of the band hidden in it. It's there, beating and alive and so great.
I love Robbie Robertson's solo work, but Levon got custody of the soul of the band.
Of other break ups, who took the soul of the band with him/her?
I'll add one: Peter Gabriel kept custody of the soul of Genesis.
One more, then I stop for y'all - when Keith and Mick were figthing and some solo stuff was happening, Keith was in possession of the soul of the Stones.