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Old 11-21-17, 11:33 PM   #1
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Rock's Greatest Front Man

I've been getting my fill of Led Zeppelin over the last week or so, and I've wanted to post this thread. I'm sure they're be differing opinions, but Robert Plant is the greatest rock front man that ever lived. So let it be written, so let it be done.

If for some reason you differ with my opinion, post who you think it is, and a video showing the same.

Here's mine:


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Old 11-22-17, 12:13 AM   #2
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Re: Rock's Greatest Front Man

Billboard and ranker both agree that Plant was #2 behind Freddie Mercury.

Now, i love me Freddie Mercury, and his vocal abilities are second only to Roy Orbison IMO, but being a great frontman is more than just great singing, it's great showmanship. I'm not a huge fan of Jim Morrison, but he deserves mention. David Lee Roth, Ozzy, Bruce Dickinson, Steven Tyler, Axl Rose, David Bowie.

That's ten names i've dropped.

As i mentioned, i'd take Orbison for vocal ability. For pure showmanship, David Lee Roth had talents nobody else could touch.

But for a great combination of both vocal ability AND showmanship, i'm with Hodge here. Plant was the best of both worlds.

I couldn't find a good quality youtube of any of my favorites live that weren't after the year 2000, which hardly show Plant at his best. But if you've ever seen him from back then, this is a bootleg from '75, and your imagination/memory can probably provide the visuals needed based on the sounds you hear... Oh and keep in mind that he's playing harmonica and singing.

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Re: Rock's Greatest Front Man

I've so immersed myself in Zeppelin and Plant, that I totally forgot about Freddie Mercury.

Mr Mo, you've named all the qualities that go into a great front man, and Freddie had them all. Plus, he was an accomplished pianist.

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Let me start by saying that Plant is my choice for #1.

Freddy is amazing but his damn teeth always distracted me as did Steven Tylers fish mouth.

For energy on stage I'd say these two may have led the way:





I saw Guns n Roses and Metallica and Axl Rose was a complete primadonna. Metallica blew them out of the water.

I like David Bowie and Peter Gabriel but they seemed to want all of the attention on themselves and it was a bit too drama school for me, at least their 70's personas.

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Re: Rock's Greatest Front Man

does the big E count as rock, or is he categorized under pop?
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does the big E count as rock, or is he categorized under pop?
I've always considered "E", a single act. JMO!

I can't believe we haven't mentioned one of the ultimate front men of all time.

Mick Jagger, fronting The Rolling Stones. Where does he rate?


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No love for Daltrey? Nor for Geddy Lee who also handles the bass and keyboards, so he's like Robert Plant and John Paul Jones rolled up in one package.
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Re: Rock's Greatest Front Man

I considered putting Geddy in my top 10, he's close at least. Daltry too, and Frodo gave Daltry a nod too.

I also thought of Les Claypool, Ike Willis, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Ian MacKaye, and Karen Crisis, who is definitely the person on stage that i just could not take my eyes off more than anybody else.

I don't think i know who The Big E is.

I saw Guns N Roses open for Aerosmith and Axl was cool as hell, he and a couple other of the guys actually came out onto the lawn at SPAC while Aerosmith was playing, just watching the show and passing out joints. To be fair they weren't really famous yet, his later douchebaggery is well-documented.
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I'd have to downvote Claypool. Primus were never more than a blip on the popular chart. Vince Neil's name should be mentioned before his. Heck, I'd have to say Jani Lane should be mentioned before Les Claypool.
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Re: Rock's Greatest Front Man

I guess the following can all make a case to somebody

Chuck Berry
Elvis
Paul McCartney
Roger Daltrey
Mick Jagger
Jim Morrison
Jimi Hendrix
Robert Plant
David Bowie
Ozzie Osborne
Freddie Mercury
David Lee Roth
Bruce Springsteen
Steve Perry
Bono
Prince
Axl Rose
Curt Cobain
Eddie Vedder
Chris Cornell
Thom Yorke

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