The most versatile front man in rock ?

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  1. Frank'n'censed

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    Many people don’t either like or get, Jethro Tull. Nonetheless, Ian & the boys deserve their due. Another vote for Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull put the eclectic in electric...blues rock, jazz rock, hard rock, (metal...recalling their Grammy under the newly formed category), folk rock, prog rock, world music, Celtic & all parts between. He’s a total original, one of the most captivating front men; a great song writer who plays flute, guitar, including several other musical instruments, including keyboards, bass guitar, bouzouki, balalaika, saxophone, harmonica, and a variety of whistles.
     
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    IME, if it’s most versatile?
    1. Lennon/McCartney because they both fronted the band.
    2. Freddy Mercury
    3. Bowie
     
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    By that criteria, you'd have to allow Paul Stanley/Gene Simmons
     
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    Noop, not at all.
     
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    Actually yes. If your idea of versatile is two guys fronting the band.
    Plus , have you ever seen Paul McCartney breathe fire and spit blood?

    I didn't think so ;)
     
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    4pickupguy Poster Extraordinaire

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    No. My idea of versatile isn’t “two guys that front the band”, it’s two versatile guys that front the band.

    I’ve only seen McCartney breathe fire and spit blood after he asked someone not to film his show and they did anyway;).
     
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    No mention so far for the hugely talented Todd Rundgren. Shame on you all.
     
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    This is the true answer.
    Once again, Ramones wins. Without even trying. :cool:
     
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    Mike Keneally on guitar and keyboard offers versatility. Heck, sometimes simultaneously.
     
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    Versatile? You’re talking the likes of Paul McCartney, Mike Patton, Damon Albarn, etc. But perhaps the *best* are those who have a very unique and imitable quality.
     
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    Here's my top 5 list:

    1. Prince
    2. Prince
    3. Prince
    4. That dude with the weird symbol for his name
    5. Prince

    Seriously, if you ever saw him play live it isn't even close.
     
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    Sorry, Chunk. I have no problem with your points about Richie, but the fact the we got as far as we did in this thread without anyone mentioning Chris, and then the first time he’s brought up is as being inferior is troublesome to me.

    Not saying Chris should top this list, but he had it all. 4-octave range. Fronted bands with very different styles. Incredible solo act and songwriter.

    This comment wins the day, and I thank you for it.

    Numbers removed, as I have a hard time approaching anything like this as a ranking, but this list is a great start. Really hard to argue with Prince, Jimi.

    I think David Gilmour is worth a mention for the same reasons as Jimi. He could have fronted a great band without ever picking up a guitar, and conversely, without ever singing a note.

    Eddie Vedder has to be mentioned as well. One of the all time great voices and songwriters. Can sing anything. I think he’s extremely underrated as a lyricist, probably because the voice is always the first thing that captures people.
     
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    Very happy someone mentioned these two music savants. Both have incredibly diverse catalogs with lots of deep cuts worth exploring
     
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    I'm not saying he's inferior just pointing out the fact I think Richie has a stronger more consistent voice and I get annoyed with the Cornell comparisons because I don't hear it. I'm a fan of Cornell's too. They have very different styles, depends on personal taste as to what you prefer most.
     
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    I like them both, though admit that I was a big fan of Chris’ throughout his career. Richie’s voice is stronger and more consistent now, of course. Prior to May 18, 2017... no way.

    He destroyed his voice during the Audioslave years, but came back better than ever in the solo act years that followed. Even the old Soundgarden songs on later tours never sounded better (imo, of course).
     
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    Yep, that’s who I was going with.


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    And you’re quite right that those who compare them are doing it based on their appearance alone, which is incredibly annoying to me. But I’m a snob, so who cares what I think either.
     
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    True, I think Richie's voice has improved a lot over the past 8 years too. He had 2 throat operations due to injury and Polyps/nodes removed. I liked the acoustic stuff Cornell was doing in the later years. Have to kick myself for not catching his acoustic solo show when he was local a few months before he passed.
     
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    If all those 90’s guys are up for consideration then I feel like Bradley Nowell has to be considered also. He was super talented as a guitarist and songwriter and had a very versatile catalogue of songs.
     
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    Present:
    Joe Bonamassa. Guitarist, singer, songwriter, band leader. He can equally play blues, jazz, country, rock, fusion, even great finger style acoustic guitar music. He doesn't have many peers and he makes more money than most of the ones he does have. His tours and record sales are always very successful. People like him. TDPRI and The Gear Page don't for the most part, but that's typical. And the reasons are obvious.
     
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