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Initial post: May 10, 2012 11:27:58 AM PDT
GE Burrell says:
Imagine you have your guitarist, keyboard player, bassist and drummer all in place. You just need a lead singer. You want someone who can really sing well, can put a song across, can work the audience, can take everyone to a better place.

You've all been to a concert where the lead singer had the audience in the palm of their hands - maybe through the conviction and quality of the voice and presence - maybe assisted by some great chat to the audience.

Sounds like we need a great entertainer and someone with a brain as well!

We are not specifically looking for an instrumental virtuoso - we have all those people already. We are not specifically looking for a song writer - the ability to interpret a song is just fine.

Who would you choose?

Posted on May 10, 2012 11:31:15 AM PDT
GE Burrell says:
As an afterthought .. I you think you have found the perfect front man or woman - could you include a link to You Tube or somewhere, for those of thus that have no idea who you might be talking about?!

Posted on May 13, 2012 1:36:20 AM PDT
GE Burrell says:
Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company would be top of the list for me. He toured with remnants of Queen more recently as well. What a presence, what a singer, what a musician. Effortlessly switching from speaking to singing.

Glenn Shorrock of the Little River Band is also an impressive front man.

Posted on May 13, 2012 1:54:39 AM PDT
Post Soviet says:
Bruce Dickenson(Iron Maiden), being a pilot as a bonus feature.

Posted on May 13, 2012 9:36:26 AM PDT
Robin Zander of Cheap Trick. He has the pipes to blow the walls down with an incredible range, and can handle both ballads and rockers with ease. Fantastic voice.

Posted on May 14, 2012 5:48:32 AM PDT
SLAYER says:
John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten

Posted on May 14, 2012 10:38:52 AM PDT
Rob Halford of Judas Priest-Living
Ronnie James Dio of Dio, Black Sabbath and Rainbow-Dead

Posted on May 14, 2012 12:38:33 PM PDT
Michael says:
I second Paul Rodgers

Posted on May 15, 2012 2:13:00 PM PDT
Bono

Posted on May 19, 2012 9:53:45 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
P.J. HARVEY:

(I've tried to select some youtube live performances....only one music video)

DRESS - HD LIVE (V FESTIVAL 2003)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A29BMj3v86w

BIG EXIT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4kTMYhY2ds

DOWN BY THE WATER (ON JOOLS HOLLAND)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru2a4BlTrtw

THE LETTER (LIVE DAVID LETTERMAN)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEFzlHTTTyU&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLE6DF39180999BA22

BELFORT FRANCE 2004 (FULL CONCERT) 70 MINUTES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWqdH5pehUE

C'MON BILLY - (LIVE 6-18-95 TV STUDIO)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8fpjtBgusQ

A PERFECT DAY ELISE (LIVE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGEAT4z4UbI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lraipq2FMkg&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL8B54FD17FF939546

HORSES IN MY DREAMS (LIVE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzRNXbtOIOY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgNy50KPAko&feature=related

THE WIND (LIVE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMLYK-qKy3Q&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLAE48DE0BA3E33B2C

SHAME (LIVE TV) JOHNATHAN ROSS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKLPMZ-PSBQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLAE48DE0BA3E33B2C

LONG SNAKE MOAN (LIVE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq3FlgXGTd0&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL74E3ECBABE3F842D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gca7FCcxmIk

DOWN BY THE WATER (LIVE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAf4sIWUMK4&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL74E3ECBABE3F842D

THE WHORES HUSTLE AND THE HUSTLERS WHORE (READING 2001)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIq7sCkvnR8

THIS WICKED TONGUE (READING 2001)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AAkghiOJ0o

A SHOT OF LOVE (DYLAN COVER) - BRITISH MUSIC OF THE MILLENIUM AWARDS 1999)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf5EW7VKH2E

WORKING FOR THE MAN (LIVE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmXEMobZmsU&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLB739CF5EEB4276F5

MY BEAUTIFUL LEAH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB9YKF7NlhY&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL8B54FD17FF939546

13 DARKEST DAYS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gdWfOWEKgo

THIS IS LOVE (JAY LENO SHOW)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Zk2VbvavA

WANG-DANG-DOODLE (LIVE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK7qtq-CP_A

MAN-SIZE (SYDNEY BIG DAY OUT (2001)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gdgCpqrAs8

DRY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzUO8TYsVRI

GROW (JAY LENO)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E34BMXGHwqY

WHO THE F?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0kbnYiPHwM

RID OF ME/INTERVIEW (JAY LENO - 1993)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEhG0-xsl0w

ENGLAND - MUSIC VIDEO & MY FAVORITE SONG ON HER LAST ALBUM)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik9vqRDqyu0&ob=av2e

LIVE @ COACHELLA FESTIVAL 17.04.2011 (FULL CONCERT 48;57) MUCH FROM ENGLAND SHAKES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mq4At5jlbA

A "taste" of PJ live.......maybe she wouldn't be a very good lead singer for a band that wanted a "sharing" atmosphere. Essentially, she writes her own songs and probably has a lot to do with arrangements.

Ok, it was a nice idea for me. Back to the men.

ed.

Posted on May 29, 2012 2:50:51 PM PDT
R. Egan says:
Paul Rodgers

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 4:13:52 AM PDT
GE Burrell says:
Lots of people agree with me - they like Paul Rodgers out front.

Another name I would put up would be BURTON CUMMINGS of Guess Who. He's good on keyboards too but his singing alone would earn his place. He is quite versatile too.

Steve Perry of Journey is excellent too. How does he do it?

What about David Clayton Thomas of Blood Sweat and Tears?

Posted on May 30, 2012 9:30:06 AM PDT
1) Robin Zander
2) Mike Viola
3) Burton Cunmmings
4) Lenny Williams

Posted on May 30, 2012 9:39:25 AM PDT
S. Dillon says:
Stevie Nicks - hands down...

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 10:07:50 PM PDT
GE Burrell says:
What .. Stevie Nicks ahead of Christine McVie?

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 10:10:57 PM PDT
GE Burrell says:
Some reinforcement of Burton Cummings and Paul Rodgers .. good stuff!

Here's a good test for effectiveness - how many singers do you know that SUCCESSFULLY fronted more than one band? Other than Paul Rodgers there are some greats. Try these:

* Stevie Winwood
* Steve Marriott
* Paul Carrack

All were fantastic at their peak.

Posted on May 31, 2012 6:42:49 PM PDT
S. Dillon says:
I'm feeling a lot of testosterone here! There ARE fantastic female lead singers (R.I.P. Janis Joplin) out there too.

And yes, even though I love Christine McVie, she's not a rocker. Perhaps I should have clarified - Stevie Nicks during the '70's and '80's (what some people call her "drug phase", I call her "possessed phase" - and it was awesome). Rock on, Gold Dust Woman!

Successfully fronted more than one band -

Sammy Hagar
Jack White
Paul McCartney
Joan Jett

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 2:32:13 AM PDT
GE Burrell says:
Christine McVie may not be a rocker but she can sing the blues. In Fleetwood Mac, I always think of Stevie Nicks in terms of Rhniannon, Sara and Gypsy which seem to be EXTREMELY similar in style, lyric and melody - you could confuse one with the other.

On the other hand, Christine McVie was responsible for far more of their music - from the mournful ballad "Songbird" to the excitement of "Say You Love Me" - and "Don't Stop","Hold Me" - to the quirky like "Little Lies". And for a special treat, what about "Love in Store"? Her solo hit "Got a Hold On Me" is quite good too.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 8:16:42 AM PDT
SpencerB says:
@GE

You're forgetting your own rules. You stated, "someone that can work an audience." Stevie Nicks did that, not Christine McVie. I like Christine McVie more than Stevie, but her stage presence wasn't as entrancing as Stevie.

If he were still alive, I would probably choose Michael Hutchence of INXS. He had a great voice, good looks, and could really connect with a crowd. I think he was the complete package.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012 5:12:23 AM PDT
GE Burrell says:
I did see both Fleetwood Mac and also Stevie Nicks live - Stevie Nicks within the last decade or so.

Stevie may have been trying to put me into a trance, but I can't recall her saying anything much to the audience. We thought John Farnham as the other performer on the night was more convincing to be honest - stronger material, better singing and a wee bit of chat.

So there's another nomination - John Farnham. A versatile singer who did the impossible - succeeded Glen Shorrock in the Little River Band when it was past its peak, and scored a few hits with them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYRibEuL_m4

Regarding Christine McVie - for me, like Stevie Nicks she stood or fell by the songs she sang and the way she used her singing voice. Fleetwood Mac had three lead singers, more like a co-operative than a band with front person.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 5:19:39 AM PDT
GE Burrell says:
This year I saw Hall and Oates live. Darryl Hall is still absolutely amazing.

Making the whole thing look so effortless, how does he do it year after year? Here's an example:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXZ6AstmabE&feature=related

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 4:14:24 PM PDT
B-Jak says:
Funny, before I read down the list, I thought Paul Rodgers, thinking he'd be way down on the list. Little did i know...
I'm not coming to hear your band if you have Stevie Nicks singing. I've never understood how someone made a career out of constantly singing flat.
My favorite female might well be Julie Christiansen. She sang with the Divine Horsemen, and much later appeared on the Leonard Cohen tribute concert DVD, "I'm Your Man".
Another good one is Cheri Knight, who sang with the Blood Oranges. Beautiful voice with awesome power.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012 6:13:24 PM PDT
GE Burrell says:
For some reason Stevie Nicks has always sung hard on the throat - and ended up with surgery for nodules on the vocal chords. Then there was the cocaine abuse that she thought was responsible for difficulties. In spite of this, I was always amazed at the blend she achieved when singing in harmony with Christine McVie and Lindsay Buckingham.

Why to singers take chances with their greatest asset?

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 6:23:34 PM PDT
GE Burrell says:
Another lead singer with a big following is David Pack, who made it big with a band called Ambrosia. I always wanted to hear more of Ambrosia .. will need to see if I can "spotify" them!

' His collected works as a performer and producer have sold over 40 million units worldwide. Noted hits from the band written and sung by Pack include BMI awarded 3 Million Airplay and certified Gold singles "Biggest Part of Me" (1980-Warner Bros) and "How Much I Feel" (1978-Warner Bros), and Top Ten BMI awarded 2 Million Airplay hit song "You're the Only Woman" (1980-Warner Bros), as well as co-writer of their first Top 10 hit, "Holdin' on to Yesterday" (1975-20th Century Fox/Warner Bros). '

But not only that, look at all the guest vocalist and producing jobs he has taken up over the years. I believe this is a hard record to match!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Pack

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 6:44:10 PM PDT
Paul Rodgers
Daryl Hall
Robert Goulet
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