3 Piece Bands that sounded HUGE Live

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  1. Mark Davis

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    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!
     
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    Mountain - even the name sounds huge
    The James Gang
     
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    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 know...is 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.
     
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    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?
     
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    Glenn Kaiser Band.... never heard anything like it..... they sounded like there were 12 musicians on stage
     
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    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!
     
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    This sounded pretty big on Sunday (yesterday) when I took this pic.

    Someone will get who it belongs to pretty fast here, I think.
     
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    The Police for me also saw them on the Syncronicity tour. HUGE sound for 3 people.
     
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    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.
     
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    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Steve Morse Band
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    Paco De Lucia, John Mclaughlin, Al Di Meola - Mediterranean Sundance
     
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    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.



     
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    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.
     
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    I saw Mark Farner and Grand Funk Railroad back in '70....nothing wimpy about that act...
     
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    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....
     
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    The Police. I saw them on the reunion tour.
     
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    +1 on ZZ Top too.
     
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