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3 Piece Bands that sounded HUGE Live

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Mark Davis, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    What are some 3 piece bands that sounded bigger than 3 people live?

    Rules are you had to see then live not just see a video.

    I'll start with Emerson Lake and Palmer.

    They sounded HUGE!

  2. Martinp

    Martinp Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    Westbury, N.Y.
    Mountain - even the name sounds huge
    The James Gang

  3. Unseen

    Unseen Former Member

    Dec 18, 2007
    Portland, Oregon
    I'd like to nominate The Jimi Hendrix Experience (yes, I actually saw them live), but they were SO loud that their sound distorted in my ears! (And THAT was with napkins stuffed deep into my ears, too!) I lost a little hearing at that concert, I think, and it took more than 2 days for my ears to stop ringiing. I don't that a kind of "huge"?

    Ten Years After sounded huge without being so loud that it was actually punishment.

    That was in a concert hall. In a nightclub, I'd have to nominate Dave Hole's blues band. If I remember correctly, it was just him a bass player and drummer. That was the best club set I can remember. Dave is one monstrous slide player.

    Cream was just okay live. I've only seen Rush in video, but I imagine they are a major contender.

  4. Robert(og)

    Robert(og) Tele-Meister

    Jan 24, 2008
    crawfordsville In.
    group called love as laughter
    two brothers both singers, guitar bass, and then a drummer.
    been around for a while, they opened up for Dino Jr. when i saw them in 06.
    they were very dynamic and i was impressed.
    it was evident that they had nothing on Dinosaur Jr. tho.
    J mascis had 3 stacks behind him and an assortment of heads in a venue that held 1200-1500 max(old theatre)
    that was an incredible wall of sound and after 22 years or so of playing shows consistently they have pretty much mastered the dynamics of a three peice.
    anyone ever seen a three peice with two guitarists and a drummer?

  5. BellyBoy

    BellyBoy Tele-Holic

    Aug 3, 2007
    Chula Vista, Ca
    Glenn Kaiser Band.... never heard anything like it..... they sounded like there were 12 musicians on stage

  6. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Pat Travers Band. Wow!

    Rush. Wow, again.

    Triumph. Wow, once again.

    The Police. Saw em when they first came to america and hit the clubs in 77-or 78. Wow! Then saw em on the Syncronicity tour. Oh My God! WOW-WOW-WOW-WOW-WOW-WOW-WOW!

    Van Halen. Yeah, "officially" there a 4 piece band (never knew "megalomaniac" was an instrument....), but Eddie, Micheal and Alex always sounded HUGE!

  7. stevieboy

    stevieboy Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    the valley

    This sounded pretty big on Sunday (yesterday) when I took this pic.

    Someone will get who it belongs to pretty fast here, I think.

  8. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    The Police for me also saw them on the Syncronicity tour. HUGE sound for 3 people.

  9. Telemarkman

    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    The Norwegian underground 70's band "Rain" (Hammond organ, Telecaster, drums). Superior musicians and composers, even if they did some covers, a.o. a fantastic version of "Strawberry Fields forever".

    They went on to play regularly at the Norwegian National Theater, and the drummer is now a well known theater director.

  10. ibobunot

    ibobunot Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2005
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Steve Morse Band
    Eric Johnson
    James Gang
    ZZ Top

    Paco De Lucia, John Mclaughlin, Al Di Meola - Mediterranean Sundance

  11. octatonic

    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

    Do any of you know a Canadian band called the Tea Party?

    Awesome live band- sound a lot like Jim Morrison front Led Zeppelin- but a 3 piece.
    The singer/guitarist Jeff Martin is a phenomenal guitarist and singer.


  12. fierce_carrot

    fierce_carrot Former Member

    Sep 11, 2006
    Joe Bonamassa has HUGE sound based on his use of multiple amps and effects. I'm not a fan of alot of 3 piece bands because they can and often do sound thin, but Joe sounds far larger than any 3 piece band I have ever seen. Warren Haynes with Govt Mule was another who understood how multi amp configurations and effects can thicken his sound.

  13. roadkillbill

    roadkillbill Tele-Holic

    Jun 23, 2006
    I saw Mark Farner and Grand Funk Railroad back in '70....nothing wimpy about that act...

  14. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

    How about Led Zeppelin and The Who? Even though they had a 4th member singing they were instrumental 3 pieces.

    And you can't get much bigger sounding than those 2 bands....

  15. thekillingjoke

    thekillingjoke Tele-Holic

    Oct 2, 2007
    The Police. I saw them on the reunion tour.

  16. Tele Fan

    Tele Fan Friend of Leo's

    Oct 26, 2007
    Louisville, Ky
    Reverend Horton Heat!

  17. bo

    bo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    The Pirates

  18. geoff_in_nc

    geoff_in_nc Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 9, 2007

    +1 on ZZ Top too.

  19. Daddydex

    Daddydex Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2007

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