The most versatile front man in rock ?

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  1. Tomm Williams

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    Lets hear some opinions on who is/was the most versatile front man in rock history. Plant, Jagger, Mercury.....
     
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    Phil Collins. Great frontman, great drummer. Just a bummer his ego got to him in the '80s.

    I used to love it when he got on the drums though and played with Chester Thompson or Bill Bruford. Magic ensued.
     
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    Ronnie James dio. As good as Freddie.

    Bono was excellent too.


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    Prince.

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    Steve Marriott. Bands were afraid of following Humble Pie - Marriott was an incredible front man and the band was ridiculously good. The 'Rockin' the Fillmore' album is my #2 live album, behind 'Live at Leeds.' They were the first band that really came out on stage and 'rocked out.' Completely changed how I thought of performing.

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    Prolly Joey Ramone. He could sing about slugs, snails, carbona, crack, surfing, birds, rock, roll, and a lot of other things. Plus, he told me that he accepted me as one of us. What's not to love?
     
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    Everybody knows that Ronnie Van Zandt was the greatest frontman ever. Sorry to ruin your thread so soon. :D
     
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    Versatility is a tough call - most frontmen worth remembering got that way by doing one thing - being Plant, or Jagger or whoever.

    Maybe Daltrey. Pete gave him a lot of different stuff to sing.

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    Steve Winwood ranks up there among the best. Incredible songwriter, singer, keyboard player, and guitar player! Joe Walsh too, with the James Gang and Barnstorm.
     
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    Plant is an interesting case because even within ZEP he did the strutting wailing golden god thing but there was American and English folk, west coast psychedelia, blues, and attempting stuff like pseudo reggae, James Brown, and whatever Hot Dog was supposed to be. And they did Eddie Cochran and other early/rock stuff during their live medleys. And I guess world music was at least alluded to in things like Kashmir. Yet ZEP tends to be looked on as a hard rock band. Yeah, definitely that, but way more.

    And his solo stuff has gone deeper down the world music and Americana path by doing things like Raising Sand and covering Low songs, but also having folks from trip hop backgrounds in his bands adding new and different dimensions to his catalogue.

    So, I’d have to put him near the top of the list.

    I mean Bowie was a noted chameleon. He’s gotta be in there, although not my personal fave.

    But. I’m still sticking with Prince.

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    Tom Petty deserves to be on the list of the top ten too!
     
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    Though I am not a total fan of Queen, especially the later stuff, Freddie Mercury was mesmerizing live.
    I saw Queen in San Antonio in the fall of 73 or 74.
    I was either a sophomore or junior in high school.
    I was dumbfounded at how tight they were.
    Freddie was commanding, and all over the stage.
    At the time I was only aware of Queen I & II.
    Anyways, for a rock band, Freddie would be hard to top, IMO.
     
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    Yea! Those effeminate Brits never impressed me with the posing and prancing.....:D
     
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    "Most versatile". That kinda narrows it down to a few dozen. When you phrase it that way, I tend to think of a multi-instrumentalist who, obviously, sings, writes and makes sure to put on a show. THEN, when I think of it that way, I really have to run through my memory banks. So... I think I have a few suggestions but, by no means, are these definitive.

    Also, in no particular order...

    1. Paul McCartney... He writes, sings, is a multi-instrumentalist and knows how to communicate with the audience.

    2. Ian Anderson... Same as the above.

    3. Sammy Hagar... Same

    4. Thom Yorke... Same

    5. HENDRIX... (JIMI is my pick for this thread)

    6. Freddie... Same

    7. Bono... Same

    8. Bowie... Same

    9. Kurt Cobain... Same

    10. Dave Grohl... Same (Dave is my number two pick)
     
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    So many people not reading the op.... VERSATILE...not the best, but the one gracefully displaying variety.

    I’d say Plant who’s career has taken him from rockabilly and heavy metal to Americana and folk.

    Freddy M was also pretty diverse... Operatic, gritty rock, ballads and everything in between.

    Just to be contrarian, I’d also argue for Miley Cyrus. Kiddy-pop, straight-forward country, EDM and I even think her rock cover of “Head like a hole” by 9inch nails was convincing and believable.


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    Uh... ok, but... five words... Jimi Hendrix and Dave Grohl. Sorry to ruin your life. :)


    (I'M KIDDING! I didn't ruin your life, just your point.)
     
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    That’s a great point. By these terms, I stand firmly behind Prince. Writer, producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, consummate performer, stylistically, he pulled off everything from free jazz to funk, to new wave and beatlesque (sp?) psychedelia.

    .... ahh but op did say rock...


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    Rod Stewart- Beck, Faces, Solo; pretty diverse songbook

    Paul Rodgers- Free, Bad Co., The Firm, Queen; and he can play the guitar.
     
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    Come on... Surely we all know it’s Tom Jones
     
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