The most versatile front man in rock ?

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  1. muscmp

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    paul rodgers-free and bad company.

    play music!
     
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    Billy Idol!!!
     
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    Does anyone remember the ad jingle, "My dog's better than your dog" ? These kind of threads are about the same to me !!!
     
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    I vote Fee Waybill, don't think I've ever seen anyone do something quite like the Tubes' shows in the late 70s.
     
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    Cool tune, thanks! Very Zappa-esque. In a good way.
     
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    Yeah, I thought it was ok, but it was just the first vid that popped up from this project with a quick google.

    Cheers,
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    Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden ...
    Fronts the band...commanding stage presence...
    Then flies the bands Jet Airliner to the next show.

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    Anybody mention Elvis Costello?

    Piano and guitar. Wide ranging styles and genres as a songwriter, from angry young man new wave to soul influenced, country to things like the Brodsky Quartet, working or writing with everybody from Allen Toussaint to Macca. Bandleader of various configurations. And he produced the best Pogues record. And others.

    I’m still sticking with Prince, but Costello is higher than I might have thought. And in fact didn’t think of him until five minutes ago.

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    It would have to be David Lee Roth,, great stage presence!!

     
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    Prince.

    He did everything from hard rock to funk to scorching ballads and just-average jazz while playing various instruments very well, writing a few catalogs' worth of hits. In the last few years of his life, deep into legacy act status, he released a more-straight-ahead rock project with Third Eye Girl. But he'd been giving nods to Hendrix, Berry, Santana as a guitar-slinger throughout his career. The "Sign 'O the Times" video clip shown earlier in this thread gave only a glimpse of the show he put on in that film. But it shows the man at the top of his game.

    It's accurate to name him among McCartney and Hendrix. Outside those three, my list ends.
     
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    I saw him open for the Monkees in 1987. He was hilarious and did a killer version of Whole Lotta Love on the accordion.
     
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    Yeah, he surprised me. I saw a live clip of Bad Company doing Can’t Get Enough and he played the lead and Mick Ralphs supported him. I had no idea he was that good.
     
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    Not to sound rude... folks that write him off as being one dimensional generally haven't a clue and/or haven't heard anything other than what was played on the radio if that. Most folks back in the day judged him by his persona and not much more. In more recent years, Prince keeping his music and videos off Youtube contributed to folks just having a one sided view of him. Just google him and read up on him, better still get on youtube and dig in. His catalog is vast. there is so much he did. Like him or not, there's no denying his musical prowess... IMB, he pretty much levels the competition.


    I saw him live 2x. Rainbow Children tour was the topper for me. 1st half of the show he played a riveting amalgam of funk, metal, rock, jazz and his feet were busy tap dancing on his pedal board while his hands were all over the fretboard. Stunning. 2nd half of show he sat at a baby grand and did a medley of his hits... Musicology tour was epic too tho wasn't so much geared towards the fans as it was for the mainstream crowd esp being the 20th anniversary of Purple Rain... that and his current album dominated the setlist. Highlight for me was when he casually picked up Rhonda Smith's 5 string bass and played a jaw dropping bass solo.

    Post #115 in this thread is just a small sample of his royal badness...

    Here's another rarely known/seen project -

     
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    Rude?

    Yeah, I just know him from the radio.
     
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    David Lee Roth.

    Not the best singer, just the best front man.
     
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    Okay then, Daryl Dragon.
     
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    I regret I’ve never attended a live event but seen several videos and I can see he’s a lot of fun because he seems to be having fun. I realize my remark might have seemed disparaging but it wasn’t. I bought several albums in the eighties.
     
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    Is this about great front men or versatile front men? I see a lot of great front men listed, but most listed are not versatile. I don't see Jagger or Morrison as versatile. I don't see a lot of jumping from piano to guitar, to sax, etc... Jagger - harp, some cowboy chords on guitar. Morrison,,, some harp...not really versatile. I see the versatile as multiple instruments as well as vocals. Bowie...I would say yes. Steve Winwood...yes. McCartney...yes. Prince...yes.
     
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