Favorite Rock Stars (Pre Grunge)

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Favorite Rock Stars (Pre Grunge)

Postby jon » September 30th, 2018, 12:41 pm

I've been listening to a lot of hard rock and metal from the 80's and the lead singers of those bands were consummate front men. Rock stars like David Lee Roth and Axl Rose were larger than life characters that were really interesting people too. They were first and foremost entertainers and showmen. I love grunge and some bands from that era are my favorite bands of ever. But I feel like once grunge came out, it changed and all the lead singers then just kind of acted like junkies and had no stage presence or sense of showmanship. It seems that got lost. Rock stars before grunge were all about having fun, but also generally had more to them than that as well.

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Re: Favorite Rock Stars (Pre Grunge)

Postby Stalvern » September 30th, 2018, 5:55 pm

All right, favorite rock stars. No artsy weirdos like Brian Wilson or David Bowie, just badasses (and a few people who at least were badass at some point).

Ten unconditional favorites (thanks for mentioning David Lee Roth so I don't have to knock someone off the list for him!):

Little Richard
James Brown
Frank Zappa (artsy weirdo but still a badass)
Jimi Hendrix
Phil Lynott
Bon Scott
Debbie Harry
Lemmy Kilmister
Robin Zander
Prince

Five qualified favorites:

Elvis Presley in his '68 comeback special
Bob Dylan in the mid-'60s and mid-'70s (the only times when I'd actually call him a rock star)
Mick Jagger before Goat's Head Soup
Carlos Santana before he got all slicked up like Steely Dan in the mid-'70s
Iggy Pop when he was in the Stooges

Five honorable mentions:

Janis Joplin
Neil Young
Alice Cooper
Rob Halford
Joey Ramone

Guy I feel guilty about leaving out but who's just too dang obnoxious on too many songs (and every live recording):

Robert Plant

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Re: Favorite Rock Stars (Pre Grunge)

Postby Stalvern » September 30th, 2018, 6:25 pm

Also, I feel like I should point out that not everybody in the grunge scene/era was Kurt Cobain. Perry Farrell, Chris Cornell, and Scott Weiland were all total old-school rock stars, and they were far from the only ones. Even Layne Staley, the biggest junkie of them all, got up on stage in leather and shades and pulled off the rock star persona as well as anyone.

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Re: Favorite Rock Stars (Pre Grunge)

Postby matmico399 » October 1st, 2018, 1:08 pm

Perry Farrell freaked me out as a college aged kid.

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Re: Favorite Rock Stars (Pre Grunge)

Postby Ozzybear » October 3rd, 2018, 1:00 am

Black sabbath ( though I like them better without ozzy )
King Diamond
Judas Priest
Helloween
Iron maiden
Dio
Metal church
Megadeth ,,,, to name a few

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Re: Favorite Rock Stars (Pre Grunge)

Postby LoganRuckman » October 4th, 2018, 11:33 pm

Ozzybear wrote:Black sabbath ( though I like them better without ozzy )


I will have to respectfully disagree with you on this one. Dio was a hell of a singer and Dio era Sabbath was great in its own way, but I will always prefer the slow, murky, down tuned "evil" sound of Ozzy's Sabbath to the more melodic and operatic Dio Sabbath. Ozzy era Sabbath is basically proto-doom, while Dio era Sabbath is basically proto-power metal. It essentially just boils down to me being far more of a doom/stoner doom/sludge metal kind of guy than a power metal guy. I like Dio Sabbath, but crushing, monolithic slabs of fuzz and scuzz will always win out in my heart of hearts when it comes to metal.

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Re: Favorite Rock Stars (Pre Grunge)

Postby Ozzybear » October 5th, 2018, 11:41 pm

It's not disagreeing ! It's just preference that's all ! I love all the eras of sabbath , but personally , I like them much better with out ozzy , each era brought something great to the sab name! Rock on


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