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2018.10.01 - Forbes - Who Is The Greatest Lead Singer Ever? (Slash)

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2018.10.01 - Forbes - Who Is The Greatest Lead Singer Ever? (Slash)

Post by Blackstar on Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:22 pm

Who Is The Greatest Lead Singer Ever? Slash, Tom Morello, Patti Smith, More Make Their Picks

Steve Baltin Contributor

Who is the greatest front person of all time in music? It's an almost impossible question to answer. Depending on who you ask it could be Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Prince. Talk to a lot of people these days and you hear votes for Queen's Freddie Mercury as the archetypal lead singer. A great showman, a masterful voice, charismatic, hard working.
Mercury is a great choice. But so is Plant, the lead singer of the band that best defined rock stardom. The list of candidates is endless. The choice is so difficult that you talk to some of the biggest rock stars in the world and most of them cannot pick one.
I spoke to 14 musicians from all different genres, all different eras. Some iconic frontmen, like Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, System Of A Down's Serj Tankian and Foreigner's Lou Gramm, and some iconic guitar players, like Tom Morello and Slash, who have shared the stage with some of the great vocalists. And the answers were often fascinating and unexpected. One thing you will see, the question is as hard to answer as you think.

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I’d have to give it to Mick Jagger and James Brown, and I know they’re very much related, but both those guys were so committed. And then Michael [Jackson]. Axl [Rose] is one of the best frontmen of all time too. They’re so committed to the show and so aware of how important that dynamic is.

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