Your dream band???

October 23rd, 2003, 10:12 AM
Who would be the line-up in YOUR dream band? Any # of instruments you wanted.

Here's who I think I would have right now:

me - guitar (pointless though 'cause my jaw would be on the floor watching everybody else :wink: )
Danny Gatton - guitar
Redd Volkaert - guitar
Les Claypool - bass
Buddy Rich - drums
Buddy Guy - lead vocals & guitar
Speedy West - pedal steel
Thelonius Monk - piano
Charlie Parker - sax

Those would be my picks today. Take care and have fun folks!

October 23rd, 2003, 10:28 AM
but I would think Buddy Rich & Monk would be off in a world of their own. Interesting concept, however.

Bob Mc
October 23rd, 2003, 10:38 AM
but, either Booker T and the MGs, the funky Meters or Medeski, Martin and Wood with me on guitar.
I'd have to change their concept of talent first.
And also get them to stop grooving so much.
And also let me play the same 4 licks in every solo.
And play everything in G.
Oh and since I can't count, everyone follows me.
Other then that, I'm READY!

October 23rd, 2003, 10:40 AM
This would be my dream band:

Lead Vocals - Paul Rogers
Electric Keys - Herbie Hancock
B3, harmonica, BGVs - Stevie Wonder
Bass - Duck Dunn
Drums - Steve Gorman
Guitar, BGVs - Doyal Bramhall Jr.
Guitar, BGVs - Bruce Cullom, Jr. (me)

I think we could get a few gigs around town.

Colo Springs E
October 23rd, 2003, 12:04 PM
...Here's who I'd like to jam with:

Me, rhythm and simple lead

Keef, rhythm and chuck berry leads!

Charlie Watts or Stewart Copeland on drums

Paul Rodgers and Chris Robinson (and me of course) on vocals

Not sure about bass... maybe a guy I know named Jeremy, he rocks!


October 23rd, 2003, 12:13 PM
Dickey Betts, Eric clapton, and myself would share guitar/lead vocal duties, Bruce Hornsby on piano, Steve Winwood on B-3,I'd keep my drummers,(Andrew Zeager and Fred Perez-Stable) and put Tommy Shannon on bass. I think that would be sufficient to give everyone in attendance a roaring headache, and one helluva good time.


October 23rd, 2003, 12:33 PM
My ideal lineup would have to be:

Me - rhythm guitar
Devin Joshi - lead guitar
Bill McShane - drums
Sidney Bridge - bass
Joe Hand - keys, anything else

I guess I need a singer, but can't think of anyone right now... guess we'll be an instrumental band. If you get the chance to check any of these guys out, do it!

The Bone
October 23rd, 2003, 12:39 PM
Drums: Mitch Mitchell
Keyboards: Joey DeFrancesco
Bass: Tommy Shannon
Guitars: Freddie King, Roy Buchanan, Danny Gatton, SRV, Albert Collins and Muddy Waters all taking turns.
Harmonica: Little Walter
Probably wouldn't have any horns.

Set would start out with some early Chicago Blues, and then progress chronologically into Post Chicago Blues, into Modern Electric Blues, with Danny adding his interpretations as well as some non blues songs for feeling, like "Sax Fifth Avenue", and maybe even some departure into "Ugly Man" and "Truck Drivin' Romance".

Set would go from 9:00PM until 2:00 am, then break for half an hour to 45 minutes, then everyone would get back on stage and jam, no set list, until daybreak. 8)

Joel Terry
October 23rd, 2003, 01:06 PM
And a lot of difficult choices to make, because there are so many.

First of all, I am a huge fan of the trio--be it anything from the Bill Evans Trio of 1964 to The Police to The Kingston Trio to The Jimi Hendrix Experience; it doesn't matter. I like the melodic and rhythmic challenges faced by a trio; it's a forced discipline.

So, here are some dream trios (in no particular order):

Trio 1:
Terry Bozzio, drums
Charles Mingus, bass
Thelonius Monk, piano

Trio 2:
Stewart Copeland, drums
Jaco Pastorius, bass
Jimi Hendrix, guitar

Trio 3:
Dave Weckl, drums
Victor Wooten, bass
Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet

Trio 4:
Jim Keltner, drums
Harold Bradley, six-string bass
Brad Paisley, guitar

Trio 5:
Gene Krupa, drums
Larry Graham, bass
Frederic Chopin, piano
(HA! Just seeing if you're paying attention--but what a wild combination, huh? :P )

Trio 6:
Billy Martin, drums
Mark King, bass
Jimmy Smith, Hammond B-3 organ

Trio 7:
Earl Palmer, drums
Ray Brown, bass
Bill Frisell, guitar

Ah, I could go on and on and on with infinite trio combinations. And no, I would not profane any of them with my guitar, bass, keys, mandolin or banjo playing; instead, I would watch and admire and enjoy them from the side of the stage. :wink:


October 23rd, 2003, 01:14 PM
the Allman Brothers in 1970

October 23rd, 2003, 01:35 PM

oh - we have to play music?

October 23rd, 2003, 01:37 PM
Stewart Copeland, drums
Jaco Pastorius, bass
Jimi Hendrix, guitar


Wouldn't that be cool. Talk about power trio...makes Rush or Cream look like a garage band! Right on.

I had my own post and combination all worked up but forgot it all once I saw Jaco / Copeland together...

The Bone
October 23rd, 2003, 01:49 PM
is the only drummer for Jimi. 8)

October 23rd, 2003, 02:06 PM
...on whether I should be part of it or not.

Given I should, I'd like a band that was fun and free.

Hmmm, I think I'd want:

Bonnie Raitt
Keith Richard
Tom Waits
Charlie Watts

+ Bass and B3, and maybe a sax. Have to think about those.

Geir :)

October 23rd, 2003, 02:26 PM
Earl Palmer on drums...

Robert Reynolds on bass...

Bill Frisell on guitar...

Cassandra Wilson, vocals

...Cassandra and Earl would be "calling the tunes"

everything from Hank to Muddy...first take only...live in studio (Sorry Bill, No Overdubs!)

that would be one of several cool dream line-ups I could think of...simple but ecclectic!

I chose Reynolds on bass cuz his work with the Mavericks is so SOLID and with each of the others being such a stylist...you need someone like Robert minding the "center".

I think I would call the band "Sweet Jesus"
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Paul in Colorado
October 23rd, 2003, 03:26 PM
A.W. Firehead and His Band O' Pirates

I'd sing & play lead & rhythm on six and twelve string electric and acoustic guitars. Also slide and mandolin.

Bass: Jack Casady.
Drums: Glenn Milchem (Blue Rodeo)
Percussion: Mickey Hart
Hammond B-3: Steve Winwood
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Violins: Hugh Marsh & Anne Lindsay
Lead Guitar: Jeff Pevar
Pedal Steel and Electric Guitar: Jerry Garcia
Steel Drums: The guy in Jimmy Buffetts band
The Choir: Grace Slick, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Diana Mangano, Tracy Nelson, Hazel Miller, Jim Cuddy

Songs: Anything anyone in the band wants to sing, but I'd make 'em play a few of my songs just to keep 'em from getting big heads. :-)

October 23rd, 2003, 03:59 PM
Vocals and rhythm guitar Who else? ME!!!!!!
Lead guitar Gustavo Cerati (Soda Stereo, Argentina)
Bass Peter Trewavas (Marrilion)
Drums Neil Peart (Who doesnt know this guy!)

Paul, that's a huge band!!!!! You'd need like 15 buses to hit the road!

October 23rd, 2003, 04:06 PM
Bass - Paul Samwell Smith (Yardbirds)
Drums - Jim McCarty (Yardbirds)
Keyboards - What's the guys name from the Attractions?
Guitar - Sterling Morrison (Velvet Underground)
Guitar, Vocals - Me

This is my ideal backing band. My ideal band to listen to would be something else entirely.

11 Gauge
October 23rd, 2003, 04:17 PM
vocals: Tom Waits and Maynard James Keenan (heard the new Perfect Circle? this guy can sing. really...)

guitar: Jim Campilongo and Jim Thomas (i'd like these to be a couple of contemporaries, for some reason, and these 2 fit)

bass: Les Claypool and Chris from Yes

drums: Carl Palmer and whoever plays the skins in the Jimmy Swift band (just heard 'em - don't know who he/she is)

that's already an 8 pc. band - there wouldn't be too much room left on stage for all the folks i'd have playing:

-blues harp
-OTHER percussion, including stuff from latin cultures, and the far east.
-keys, vibes, guys who still use the Fisher Price zylophone, etc.
-someone to play the dijaradoo, or however it's spelled.
-someone to play the Ricolah horn.
-EVERYONE from the Lounge Lizards.

i'd limit myself to working the console - all these monster musicians would have everything else covered.

October 23rd, 2003, 04:55 PM
Funk- Prince ,Wooten,Chad Smith ( Yes...I said PRINCE!!!)
Country- Mason,Gatton, Skaggs,Pomaroy (sp),Lindley,Ketlner(sp)
Metal- Metallicia (Master of Puppets era.)
Pop- Palidino,Summers,Copeland,Dolby,Tarence T Darby
Blues- SRV and DT
Roots- Steve Earle,Gatton jamming with the Mavericks!!
or Earle,Kristofferson,Gatton,Setzer,Previti,Booker T
Howze about Steve Vai, Les Claypool ans Animal from the Muppets!!!

Lew UK
October 23rd, 2003, 05:24 PM
Well me on Telecaster.

Jeff Beck and Jerry Donahue backing me up HAHA.

Elvis on Vocals.

Jeff Buckley on Vocals.

Dr.John on The Keys and Vocals

John Innes on the Bagpipes(hehee sorry couldnt resist).

And I dont really care for bassists or drummers :lol: JOKE!

Ry Cooder producing and Musical Director(band leader).

George Martin producing.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Mike D.
October 23rd, 2003, 05:26 PM
If that's the case then my dream band would be me on everything - all at the same time.

Ben Harmless
October 23rd, 2003, 06:14 PM
Dream Band:

Tele 1: Me
Tele 2: Olga (the Toy Dolls)
Bass: Matt Freeman (Rancid)
Drums: Keith Moon
Vocals: Joe Strummer (we'll let him hold his Tele)


Guitar: Pete Townshend
Guitar: Johnny Ramone
Bass: Paul Simonan
Drums: There is no alternate. It's Keith Moon.
Vocals: Joan Jett
Wall of sound: Phil Spectre (remote, from a padded cell)

The reason there is no lead/rythm designation on the guitars is because in my band we don't make those distinctions. We're too busy making music.

Captain Simian
October 23rd, 2003, 06:51 PM
Drums-Ringo Starr
Bass-Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos)
Piano-Billy Joel
Organ-Garth Hudson
Rhythm Guitar-Tom Petty
Lead & Rhythm Guitar-Bruce Springsteen
Lead Guitar-Jeff Beck
Lead Vocals-Joan Osborne & Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens)

October 24th, 2003, 09:53 AM
If that's the case then my dream band would be me on everything - all at the same time.

Good one Mike. I'd like to do that but I really suck on bass, drums, vocals, and guitar...wait a minute.... :lol: :lol: ...

October 24th, 2003, 10:20 AM
Ringo Starr - Drums
George Harrison - Lead Guitar, vocals
John Lennon - Rhythm Guitar, vocals
Paul McCartney - Bass, vocals
Yours truly - washboard and Bodineophone

Ray G
October 24th, 2003, 10:32 AM
Levon Helm - Drums/Vocals
Rick Danko - Bass/Vocals
Garth Hudson - Keyboards
Richard Manuel - Keyboards/Vocals
Robbie Robertson - Guitar
Jim Weider - Guitar
Rich Bell - Keyboards
Randy Ciarlante - Percussion/vocals
Aaron "Prof. Louie" Hurrowitz - Keyboards

Guess I'm lucky, my dream band is "The Band", both the original and 1990's line ups.

October 24th, 2003, 02:07 PM
gene chrisman - drums
tommy cogbill - bass
reggie young - guitar
bobby womack - guitar
lloyd green - pedal steel

more fun to me is to think about rhythm sections like:

al jackson jr. - drums
james jamerson - bass

earl palmer - drums
keith ferguson - bass



October 24th, 2003, 02:38 PM
Drums: Lynn Williams
Keys: Kevin McKendree
Bass: Stephen Mackey
Guitar: James Pennebaker
Guitar: Rob McNelly
Guitar and Vocals: Lee Roy Parnell
Guitar: Me (though I would play without amplification :D
Trumpet: Terry Townson
Tenor: Don Wise
Baritone: Jim Horn
Vocals: Delbert McClinton
Vocals: T. Graham Brown
Vocals: Bekka Bramlett
Vocals: Bonnie Bramlett
Vocals: Shelby Lynne
Vocals: Allison Moorer
Vocals: Wynonna Judd
Vocals: Teresa James
Harp: Bob Landgraff

October 24th, 2003, 06:20 PM
... on this one. Thirty plus years later and the music they made still blows me away.

October 24th, 2003, 07:36 PM
Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins-guitars, Bob Wills-fiddle and MC, alternating keyboards and singing- Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway- bass- Carol Kaye, drums-Zigaboo Modeliste, steel guitar Lloyd Maines, percussion-Mongo Santamaria the evening would consist of a collection of spirituals blasted at maximum volume with Elvis and Sister Rosetta Tharpe descending from a trapeze ladder and ...duetting for the grand finale in a rip-roaring version of "How Great Thou Art" with Hendrix singing "Jesus Saves, " instead of Purple Haze, as he, Atkins, and Tharpe simultaneously wail on their guitars...

October 24th, 2003, 08:02 PM
The Duke Ellington Orchestra.
The Count Basie Band.
Buck Owens and The Buckeroos.
Albert King's late 1970's Big Band (wow!)
The Mothers Of Invention.
The Nat "King" Cole Trio.
Los Lobos.
The Dizzie Gillespie Big Band.
The Four Tops.
The Beatles.
Albert Collins And The Icebreakers.
The Hot Fives and Sevens.
Merle Haggard And The Strangers.
Les Brown And His Band Of Renown.
Chick Webb Band.
The Yardbirds.
Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Two and Three.
Stevie Ray Vaughn And Double Trouble (Reece Edition).
Jay McShann Band.
The Rolling Stones (Mick Taylor Edition).
The Johnny Otis Revue.
The Boston Pops.
The Who.
Muddy Waters (Little Walter Edition).
Weather Report.
Roomful Of Blues
Neville Brothers.
Les Hite Band.
The Blues Breakers.
The Police.
Jeff Beck (The Blow By Blow Band that toured in '75).
The Treniers. (don't know what you're missing).

sometimes (many times) what looks like a killer lineup
on paper really stinks in performance so I'll go by what I've heard live or on record and both.

October 24th, 2003, 08:26 PM
Blues/Rock Band:
1-Bugs Henderson-guitar
2-Delbert McClinton-vocals and harmonica
3-Bobby Chitwood-bass
4-Chris Layton-drums

Country and Rockabilly:
1-James Burton-guitar
3-Keith Jones-bass
4-Vasser Clements-fiddle
5-Pete Drake-pedal steel
7-Merle Haggard-vocals

October 24th, 2003, 09:24 PM
There was a movie a few years back, Backbeat. About the Beatles when they were playing rock n' roll covers in Hamburg. They put a band together:

Lennon's vocals - Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)
McCartney's vocals - Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum)
Lead Guitar - Don Fleming (Gumball)
Rhythm Guitar - Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth, actually playing in standard tuning :shock: )
Bass - Mike Mills (REM)
Drums - Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

Pretty darn good collection of early 90's alt-rockers. Soundtrack was better than the movie. Good for showing an incorrigible young punk like me how old-style rock n' roll could still be relevant.

I also agree with whoever suggested The Band, as they were. Hard to beat.

And, I think Fairport Convention when they had Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson.


October 24th, 2003, 11:30 PM
Guitar- Me
Vocals- John Cowan
Drums- Kenny Aronoff
Bass- Willie Weeks
Piano- Matt Rollings
B-3- Mike Finnigan
Steel- Tommy White
BGV- Wes Hightower
BGV- John Wesley Riles

October 25th, 2003, 09:35 AM
drums: Jim Keltner
Guitar: Richard Thompson
Guitar: James Burton
Guitar: Buddy Miller
bass: Jerry Scheff
vocals (& guitar): John Hammond
vocals: Emmylou Harris

October 25th, 2003, 07:48 PM
and that would be Bruce Springsteen. He's got MY band! Now, how d'ya suppose THAT happened???? ;-)

October 27th, 2003, 04:55 AM
Id like to be in a band with a variety of Albert lee, Spyder, Jerry donahue, Will Ray, and Redd Volkaert, (Not all at the same time) and id get to do some rhytm guitar, maybe play accoustic guitar, and suck it up. And in the breaks and the soundchecks, Id be free to ask them about stuff, and get them to show me.....wow.


chris m.
October 27th, 2003, 07:35 PM
I was just enjoying my Led Zep two-disc DVD. It would be fun to be on stage with them during their early years, trading leads and rhythm with Jimmy Page. I'll stick with John Bonham on drums. We could put John Paul Jones strictly on keyboards and bring in John Entwistle to cover the bass duties. Janis Joplin can sit in when we need some female vocals.

Johnny Isaacs
October 27th, 2003, 08:13 PM
Rythm Guitar's: Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly & Me
Lead Guitar's: Roy Nichols & Clarence White
Bass: Dave Roe
Steel Guitar: Ralph Mooney
Drums: W.S. Holland
Mandolin: Marty Stuart
Piano: Jerry Lee Lewis
Banjo: Buck Trent
Organ: Benmont Tench

Who'd sing?
Johnny Cash
Merle Haggard
Buck & Don

Harmony Singers: George Jones! No one can harmonize like the Possum.
Don Rich
Phil Everly

"Hey I can dream!"

Johnny Isaacs

October 27th, 2003, 08:30 PM
Terry Kathe, and Robyn Trower both sharing Lead guitar, and both occassional lead vocals. Darrell Mansfeild on lead vocal, and Harmonica. John Paul Jones on Bass. And if it were pausible, ressurect old John Bonham, and let him throw the thunder down again!

October 28th, 2003, 09:58 AM
The Line-Up:

Drums: the Mighty Mighty Max Weinberg
Bass: Jimmy Page (like in the Yardbirds)
Keyboards: Billy Preston
Guitars: Ry Cooder, Johnny Winter, Johnny Marr
Unplugged Guitar: Me 8)
Vocals: Tom Waits & Rickie Lee Jones (if they can stand each other)

The Set-List:

Train Kept a Rollin'
We Belong Together
This Charming Man
Jumping Jack Flash
You're So Vain
Telephone Call From Istanbul
A Girl Like You
The Passenger
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Get It On
Get Back

I'm not sure if it would sound good, but it would certainly be an interesting experiment.

I remember reading an article about 15-20 years ago in which Peter Gabriel was talking about a future technology that he called "sampling." Maybe some day down the road we'll have midi toys that let us dial-in famous musicians' styles, tones and licks. Wouldn't that be frightening...



October 28th, 2003, 10:19 AM
Sorry, I am going a different way with this one. If I wanted to put together a dream band it has toi be fun. I would choke playing with almost anyone named here (maybe everyone!) or the ego might cause some trouble with a few mixes.

Me ... I want a drummer, bass player and couple other musicians who may have average talent, but who want to have a great time playing together.

All they have to be is close to the pocket if they are in it for fun.


October 28th, 2003, 12:12 PM
Sorry, I am going a different way with this one. If I wanted to put together a dream band it has toi be fun. I would choke playing with almost anyone named here (maybe everyone!) or the ego might cause some trouble with a few mixes.

I know what you mean; I suspect I'd have the same problem (i.e. choking :oops:) if I got to 'play' with Isabelle Adjani, Monica Bellucci, Julia Roberts or Lucy Liu. Still, I do like dreaming. :twisted:



Gary Lamb
October 28th, 2003, 12:24 PM
B3: Steve Winwood
Dr: my friend, Gene P.
Guit: me... :!: :?: :shock: (Hey, we're dreaming, right?)