Ok instead of debating who is right or wrong about an issue, lets talk about something most people (not all) but most enjoy. Music...or at least who catches your attention in a genre.
Now this is my son live, its relevant to one of my answers later..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqAZfw_yPW0
look at 1:48 and 3:19 and you will see a thin guy in white playing bass and singing,thats my kid I believe in Florida, not sure.
I didnt notice it but his bass is all messed up from shows.
This is another promo video.. you can hear my son more in here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBxp05ncvjw
Here is the back cover of the 2016 ep
My son is to the right in the rear. This is no local kids band and he worked hard for this, its not all fun and games. But I am proud of him. Anyhow..this stuff isnt for everyone so lets move on to my list...:)
Now I asked this on SEF's column but want answers from everyone that likes music, especially people that love music. Its really difficult to narrow down just a single artist that is your favorite or the best so list a couple of bands that make the top 3 of all time bands in that category for talent, skill and influence (but if you do that you must state that). But also if you want reflect on a live experience or why they are the best to you.
Don’t list 30 bands, just list them by category, its not going to be written on your gravestone and if you don’t know the category, look it up or say I don’t know.
It’s a discussion on talent and live performances..nothing more. Plus it gives people an insight into maybe music they don’t know or forgot. If you don’t know them, listen to the links, but PLEASE provide our own, you might have something interesting I never heard.
Lets see what happens. BTW, “old school” means anything before now. Im going to say 2005 and before.
You know what I want to know from the music fiends on here? Mostly because you learn a lot this way and might hear something you haven't before. I have a predisposition for talented people, especially those that multi-instrumentalists. For example; Prince, Todd Rungren, Sufjan Stevens, John Entwistle, Dave Grohl. They are not listed for the most part.
Here are mine-
favs- could not have seen some of these
Classic Rock- Beatles, did see McCartney
Classic Punk- Ramones -did see them 8 times, maybe more some clubs didnt give stubs or tickets.
New Punk- the descendants or bad cop bad cop – no hardcore in here.
Prog Rock - Genesis w/Gabriel (saw them separately-liked Gabriel better) Metal- for influence and live performance Sabbath/Metallica -tie
Thrash-Slayer by far- (Listen to the guitar work) I had a VERY hard time not putting Kerry King on my list for guitarist.
Hardcore (either punk, metal or breakdown)- Old school-Bad Brains/Black Flag /Minor Threat
Hardcore newer- Glassjaw for all reasons
Post Hardcore- (stuff you might listen to from your kids)-Chiodos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWsYR9IWcIQ or Coheed and Cambria (1st album) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0H3RlaQVrM&list=PL7p6PKDjHI4V5sLCICLjlpBi6iPXOb1Yd
Pop-Prince runner up M.J.- both so talented this category diminishes them both.
Singer-Aretha..runner up Mary J Blige
Alternative- Foo Fighters..runner up Black Keys in both recorded and live
Blues- BB King - the best in my opinion
Jazz-Keith Jarrett, a pianist or buddy richs drumming
Rap- personal fav-Beastie Boys for both reasons. They are a GREAT band, even as a punk band. Then Tupac, or Eminem on freestyle.
Most influential guitarist- With no doubt Hendrix, Page and Iommi. Every guitarist I have ever met emulates one if not all of them.
Best guitarists for skill- Steve Vai or Stevie Ray Vaughn and I have to say Kirk Hammett, never personally saw a guitarist rock you then take the guitar to tears like he did. Honorable mention Randy Rhodes.
Best Drummer –IDK, probably Buddy Rich, Bonham, Pert (for sheer skill) and honorable mention to Portnoy.
Best bassist- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByiEnkXfDUw&list=PLxl3tmlAUNJVeSjgcF_a-YOI6ogJSSaHX&spfreload=1 Flea spent his life trying to sound like this guy and FLEA IS GREAT, he plays slap and does stuff with a bass I have never seen anywhere else. This is Mike Watts from the Minutemen, Listen to “Toadies” or #1 Man”. This band influenced so many bands like Sublime and Red Hot Chili Peppers. But Id say Les Claypool, who is VERY interesting with a bass..along these two. Ive seen all these bassists live. (Not the Minutemen), they are great.
Your favorite music experience…Was it your first concert, the one you went to with your BFF, or a concert you went to and loved it unexpectedly, a musical on broadway..whatever..
ME- If I had to pick something favorite- it would be recording, producing, promoting and watching my son perform live for so many years. That was better than any show, concert or person I met.
My least favorite and most standout music memory is my ex Finally taking me to a concert, and he took me to see Boston because he thought they were cool and I would love them if I “just listened to their lyrics.”