Best frontman of a rock n' roll band?

Discussion in 'Movies, TV and Music' started by benito camelpene, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. benito camelpene

    May 31, 2003
    there have been a lot of great frontman throughout the years. who is your favorite? why? my pick is freddie mercury, because he was charismatic, had an amazing voice, and was a great performer on stage.
  2. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Jagger, Daltrey, Plant. Take your pick. I like Freddie but these three are the first ones to come to mind.
  3. jamison

    jamison Member

    Sep 25, 2000
    Kind of depends on what you mean by frontman. To me, that speaks more to the image of leading the band than a term like lead singer does.

    Best Frontman? Jim Morrisson, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury.

    Best lead singer? Well, that's another thread.

    (My personal favorite: Dave Gahan).
  4. Ringo

    Ringo Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    Rough and Ready
    Yeovil Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Best front man?

    the list begins and ends with Jagger. Everybody else was trying to be like him ..... hell, he's 60 and he's still better than most.

    no contest.

    from the coulda been file: Axl Rose was electric, a damn idiot, but man was he good.
  5. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    David Lee Roth
  6. The Double

    The Double Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    For me, its a three way tie between Diamond Dave, Daltrey and Mercury.
  7. Footix

    Footix Member

    Dec 11, 1998
    Left Of The Dial
    As far as frontmen/showmen go, my faves are David Johanson, David Weave Roth, Pelle Almquist, Butch Walker (ex-Marvelous 3), Sammy James Jr of the Mooney Suzuki, Peter Wolf, Fee Waybill, and Ray Davies.
  8. Ringo

    Ringo Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    Rough and Ready
    Yeovil Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    very good choice.

    as far as new bands go, I liked Joshua Todd of the late, great Buckcherry. he was cool. can't wait to see what he does next.

    Daltry was good (the Who are one of my top 3 favorite bands) but he was overshadowed by Townshend and the Moon Unit. I love Roger, but I'm not sure if he was the 'front man' of that band. Pete was. Roger was just the lead singer.
  9. Michael K.

    Michael K. Member

    Mar 3, 1999
    There or Thereabouts
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Rather than replicate the same obvious lists of everyone else, here's the best frontmen I've seen live (at least, that I can think of at 2 am in the morning):

    4: Liam Gallagher
    3: Chris Isaak
    2: Pelle Almqvist
    1: Jarvis Cocker
  10. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    AFC Ajax
    the HOF: jagger, daltrey, mercury, morrison, plant, davies, lee roth, stipe, hutchence, bono, morissey... does bob marley count?

    the young ones:brandon boyd(incubus), ed k(live), chris robinson (black crowes)... and, yes... eddie vedder
  11. Ferris

    Ferris New Member

    Mar 31, 2003
    I'm surprised no one has said Steve Tyler yet...
  12. Aimer. Northend Diva

    Dec 7, 2000
    Freddie Mercury (give me the chance to go back and see one act...this would be the one)
    Simon Le Bon (when you see Duran in concert or their earlier vids, you can so tell that he was a theatre student)
    Steven Tyler (one of my top 5 shows)
    Jim Morrison (mr. leather pants)

    let's not forget frontwomen either

    Gwen Stefani
    Shirley Manson

    it's all about charisma and taking control of the stage.
  13. Ferris

    Ferris New Member

    Mar 31, 2003
    Not as energetic as some of the above, but Sting has a cool all his own...
  14. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    All time favorite frontman is Peter Garrett. A 6'5" bald crazy man screaming and yelling controlled the stage like no other.


    Honorable mention to Henry Rollins.

  15. sch2383

    sch2383 New Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Mercruy, Jagger, Rose, Plant. This list is much more subjective than most since it is all about what gets you going.
  16. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    AFC Ajax
    oops... add tyler and rollins to my HOF

    good call, he was much more energetic with the police
  17. DoctorJones24

    DoctorJones24 Member

    Aug 26, 1999
    Shane McGowan
    Jerry Garcia
    Joe Strummer
    Dicky Barrett
    John Popper

    ...and for all his cheese factor, when G 'n R first hit the scene in the 80s, Axel Rose was pretty great.
  18. Michael K.

    Michael K. Member

    Mar 3, 1999
    There or Thereabouts
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think in all his different incarnations - puffy-mulletted jump-arounder of the early 80's, through The Fly, Macphisto and Mirror Ball Man, to the Savior Of The World Post-9/11 - Bono has got to be right at the top of this list.
  19. Alex_K

    Alex_K Member+

    Mar 23, 2002
    Braunschweig, Germany
    Eintracht Braunschweig
    Nat'l Team:
    Mercury (only considering charisma, his influence on Queen is extremely overrated-the best Queen songs were written by May, Deacon or Taylor)
  20. sidspaceman

    sidspaceman Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 20, 2002
    America de Cali
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  21. CrewDust

    CrewDust Member

    May 6, 1999
    Columbus, Ohio
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    David Bowie in a few of his forms. Ziggy Stardust is my fav.

    Axl Rose for a few years was the man.
  22. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    Hey, there's a guy at Metal Sludge who posts under that name. Do you visit Metal Sludge?
  23. dfb547490

    dfb547490 New Member

    Feb 9, 2000
    The Heights
    Haven't been to a lot of concerts, but my 2 favorites would have to be Liam Gallagher and Bono.

    Have to agree with Jamison on the front man/lead singer difference--plenty of good singers, but great front men are few and far between.
  24. billyireland

    billyireland Member+

    May 4, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    I'd have to agree, and throw in Mercury

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