The most versatile front man in rock ?

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  1. Matthias

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    Probably time to mention Paul Weller. Whether you like Style Council or not, his different eras are very distinctive and he’s fronted a fair few projects/collabs.

    Sting’s one of the few frontmen who can play lute. Does that count? :D
     
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    Prince is the most versatile frontman i can think of...

    But David Lee Roth is the best frontman ever in history...
     
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    Being stuck on one style called ‘rock’ seems the definition of limited. Not much scope for versatility.

    Genre spanning seems to be the requirement.

    I am quite swayed by the arguments for Prince.
     
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    It's got to be Dave Grohl.
    Dave's great.
    Dave can do anything.

     
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    I have to agree with those who say Prince is the answer. Wrote and sang a huge range of songs. He as a guitar hero and an accomplished pianist while singing.

    I love a lot of the other names that have been listed, but to me, Prince it the answer.
     
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    Maybe I haven't heard enough Prince. What I've heard is dance music with lots of electronics. Lots of musicians play more than one instrument.

    He's a great artist, but I don't think of him as more versatile than a lot of other artists. Can you steer me to any Prince music that isn't dance music with electronics?
     
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    Jagger actually has quite a range - rock, blues, country, Celtic. But so do a lot of the artists mentioned.

    So I have to agree. Jagger is one of my music heroes, but most versatile? There are a lot of folks who can do a lot of kinds of music.
     
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    I think there is some confusion as to what constitutes versatile in this topic. Are we talking versatile in a rock n roll context or versatile in being able to step outside the rock box. The question was “most versatile frontman IN rock?” I’m cool with it either way. Just thought maybe we need some clarification. Also I highly agree with Prince being the leading candidate. The man was nothing short of Phenomenal. Such a huge loss to the world in general and not just music.
     
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    Most versatile, I go with McCartney. He could do it all.
     
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    Terry Kath because he didn't need to and he was such a team player . Oh yeah , he was known to play a Tele .
     
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    Mick Jagger for sure. As tears go by, 19th nervous break down, wild horses, painted black,street fighting man, gimme shelter, winter, tumbling dice, under my thumb. All different stylistically and all classic songs.
     
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    One of the better choices here. A musical chameleon.
     
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    I take it to mean a male who fronts a rock band and is versatile.

    Prince was certainly a prodigy. But versatile? As I asked above, can you suggest some Prince music for us that isn't dance music with a lot of electronics?
     
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    Well I don’t know what to call Let’s Go Crazy other than guitar based riff rock. Purple Rain is a power ballad. Raspberry Beret adds a bit of psychedelia. At the end of his career he had the 3rdeyegirl band that was supposedly pretty heavy guitar based stuff.

    Yeah, lots of funk/dance influence whatever you want to call it, but he was definitely pretty diverse. True, can’t think of anything countryish offhand. There was definitely genres he didn’t do. But writing, producing, arranging, playing every instrument under the sun, bandleader, amazing frontman in concert. Attempted acting, albeit fairly autobiographical. Was a pretty successful film nonetheless.

    Cheers,
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