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Old 07-17-2022, 02:07 PM   #1
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Top Ten Series: Front Men/Vocalists

These are my top ten front men/vocalists. Just my personal taste. I went with singing ability rated higher. Naturally, I don't think Axl is a great vocalist but man he wrote some killer songs and had a great on stage act (when he showed up).

1. Paul Rodgers
Probably a tad biased but man he sounds just as great today and he is a very old man. I love his more blues sound early on Free but I won't knock him for a more straight ahead rock approach in later years. He wrote a lot of classic songs and the longevity is crazy.

2. Brad Delp
Man, a very underrated vocalist. He didn't get too much credit writing songs as Tom Scholtz was a genius who wrote the songs. Delp also didn't have the best stage presence but made up with it with pure vocal ability.

3. Steve Perry
What note couldn't Perry hit? I don't hear a lot of people talk about his live performances as I think he was a bit underrated there. There is a reason Journey skyrocketed when Perry joined up.

4. Axl Rose
As I said before, Axl would you give you the best performance ever or just ruin it 5 minutes in the set due to him seeing/hearing something he didn't like. When he was on, he was one of the best front men.

5. David Lee Roth
Like Axl, Roth wasn't the best vocalist but he knew how to work the stage. The early VH days were just amazing.

6. Jon Bon Jovi
He could hit all the high notes to perfection. He had a stretch in the 80's into the 90's where his voice was one of the best ever. Shame he didn't take care of his voice. The last tour was awful. I think I could sing the songs better.

7. Steven Tyler
He just keeps getting better and after all the drug abuse that is crazy. I found a few youtube videos of Tyler on stage all drugged up. Couldn't understand him and he was singing wrong lyrics. Sad to see but there is a reason why Aerosmith sold all those records. It starts with Tyler.

8. Robert Plant
Plant is a good mix of vocal ability and stage presence. He fronted one of the best bands of all time and wrote some great tunes.

9. Lou Gramm
One of the most distinctive voices of all time. You instantly know it is Foreigner. Very underrated front man as I don't hear him come up enough.

10. Bruce Springsteen
Not a great vocalist by any stretch of the imagination. However, his song writing and ability to put on a live show that goes on for a million hours is amazing. He is also a very underrated guitar player. Some of his early live shows he really showcased his guitar ability.
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Re: Top Ten Series: Front Men/Vocalists

No Jagger or Mercury? I respect your list.
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Brad Delp
Man, a very underrated vocalist. He didn't get too much credit writing songs as Tom Scholtz was a genius who wrote the songs. Delp also didn't have the best stage presence but made up with it with pure vocal ability.
I love lists because they spark good conversation. Your point about stage presence is excellent. I think many people judge vocalists more on live performance than strictly on vocal ability.

I'll cast a vote for Harry Nilsson as a great vocalist but not a great live performer.
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Re: Top Ten Series: Front Men/Vocalists

No special order.........

Robert Plant
Van Morrison
Steve Marriot
Roger Daltrey
John Fogerty
Gregg Allman
Bob Seger
Jim Morrrison
Paul Rodgers
Mick Jagger
More...........
Bryan Ferry, Sting, Mercury, McCartney, Captain Beefheart, Chris Robinson, Burton Cummings, Eric Burdon, Lou Gramm, Jack Bruce...
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Re: Top Ten Series: Front Men/Vocalists

No order:
Felix Pappalardi
Jon Anderson
Peter Gabriel
Joe Cocker
Paul Rodgers
Buddy Miles
Jim Morrison
Marty Balin
Eric Burdon
Alice Cooper

Honorable mention:
Phil Collins
Gary Brooker
Huey Lewis
Boy George
Peter Wolf
Greg Lake
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These are my top ten front men/vocalists. Just my personal taste.
I wanted others to comment on your selections before I said anything myself because my comments are rather negative. First of all, I really dislike a couple of your selections:

Axl Rose - You admit that he doesn't necessarily deliver if he's not in the mood. Well that's simply unacceptable for someone in the top ten front men/vocalists. Maybe for the top three hundred....

David Lee Roth - He really, really can't sing:



Secondly, you've missed several legends from rock's founding years:

Eric Burdon - An incredible voice!



'Nuff said.

Allan Clarke - Once again an incredible voice.



Mick Jagger - Not among the strongest voices technically, but he always brings it. I challenge you to find a Stones' concert attendee who doesn't avow that Jagger gave his all for the paying audience that night.



For whatever reason ABKCO wants to bury the above video so those of you with the technical know-how might want to copy it.

Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey had been doing it for five years before Robert Plant copied his act.

Alice Cooper

The front man who took stage shows to a new high!

Jim Morrison - Well maybe. His voice had a dreamlike quality that made the Doors' tunes sublime, but he was all too often drugged out and just plain crazy on stage.

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Old 07-26-2022, 02:30 AM   #7
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Re: Top Ten Series: Front Men/Vocalists

Ian Hunter
Ron Mael
Freddie Mercury
Harry Nilsson
Alex Harvey
Bryan Ferry
Robin Zander
Matt Friction
Jim Morrison
David Bowie

It's nearly unimaginable that I don't have Lennon or McCartney on this list.
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Interesting that just within the past hour Joanne Wilder, a DJ on Toronto's classic rock station Q107, started a phone-in poll on whether Mick Jagger was the top living front man in rock.

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Interesting that just within the past hour Joanne Wilder, a DJ on Toronto's classic rock station Q107, started a phone-in poll on whether Mick Jagger was the top living front man in rock.

I don't think he is but I will say his stage persona is better now than when the Stones put out their last good album....Some Girls in 1978.

The guy owns a big stage like few others.
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Re: Top Ten Series: Front Men/Vocalists

Today:
Link Wray.
Howard Devoto.
Bryan Ferry.
Frank Marino.
Steve Miller.
Jon Anderson.
Peter Gabriel.
John Foxx.
Steve Marriott.
Ian Hunter.
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Frank Marino.
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There is a name I didn't expect to see. I've seen Frank three times over the years and he's an amazing guitar player.
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Old 07-28-2022, 01:31 PM   #12
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I wanted others to comment on your selections before I said anything myself because my comments are rather negative. First of all, I really dislike a couple of your selections:

Axl Rose - You admit that he doesn't necessarily deliver if he's not in the mood. Well that's simply unacceptable for someone in the top ten front men/vocalists. Maybe for the top three hundred....

David Lee Roth - He really, really can't sing:





Secondly, you've missed several legends from rock's founding years:

Eric Burdon - An incredible voice!



'Nuff said.

Allan Clarke - Once again an incredible voice.



Mick Jagger - Not among the strongest voices technically, but he always brings it. I challenge you to find a Stones' concert attendee who doesn't avow that Jagger gave his all for the paying audience that night.



For whatever reason ABKCO wants to bury the above video so those of you with the technical know-how might want to copy it.

Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey had been doing it for five years before Robert Plant copied his act.

Alice Cooper

The front man who took stage shows to a new high!

Jim Morrison - Well maybe. His voice had a dreamlike quality that made the Doors' tunes sublime, but he was all too often drugged out and just plain crazy on stage.

Can you not respect someone else's opinion for a change. Not everyone is likes the same stuff that you do!
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Exactly... one man's meat is another man's poison.
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Exactly... one man's meat is another man's poison.
Agreed.

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Can you not respect someone else's opinion for a change.
What do you mean "for a change"? Do you find me going around looking to crap on other posters' musical tastes? Where?

Do I not phrase all my polls neutrally? Do I not typically refrain from even giving my own opinion on these polls for more than a week until other people have had a chance to comment?

And in this case did I rush in to disagree with FreeBadCo's list? I didn't want to comment at all until other people commented precisely because my comments were negative and I didn't want to lead off the discussion with a negative comment.

And did I respond to FreebadCo with words to the effect of "How can you like those?" I did not. I simply disagreed with some of his picks, gave my considered reasons and posted my own alternatives. Just like FreeBadCo and everyone else, I'm entitled to my own opinions.

You've made negative comments yourself on this board a number of times, most recently in the KISS versus Steve Miller Band thread. Sometimes we do disagree on this board. And such disagreements are fine.

Although I like some artists a lot more than others, my comments on this board are generally positive. In fact I see I've thanked people 428 times for posts. Moreover I can't even recall disagreeing strongly with any of your musical picks. So why target my comment here all of a sudden?

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Mick Jagger



For whatever reason ABKCO wants to bury the above video so those of you with the technical know-how might want to copy it.
Hmmmppphhhhffff. So the Jumpin' Jack Flash 1968 music video is gone already.

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So now I see the video again. Clearly some backroon shenanigans are going down at Youtube.

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Hey! ABKCO just today finally posted the original Jumpin' Jack Flash video on Youtube! I've replaced my previous link with the official one which is of superior quality. Moreover ABKCO also added this long lost smoking hot alternate take:



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Alice Cooper

The front man who took stage shows to a new high!
I'll be seeing Alive next month on his continuing 'Detroit Muscle' tour. Gone is guitarist Nita Strauss and back is Kane Roberts who was with Alice in the '80's.

Alice shows are allot of fun and here's a spoiler alert...he'll get his head chopped off...again!
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