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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:03 am 
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100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
UPDATED: 6/23/10

This list is based on the following criteria:

- Ability to stay on-pitch.
- The difficulty of the material that is attempted.
- How long their careers have/had produced impressive Live material.
- Ability to improvise.
- According to all of the Vocal criteria, how big the disparity is between Studio Recordings and Live performances.
- Reputation / acclaim as a Live vocalist.



1. Steve Perry
2. John Farnham
3. Jackie Wilson
4. Ronnie James Dio
5. Roger Daltrey
6. Aretha Franklin
7. Ian Gillan
8. Elvis Presley
9. Freddie Mercury
10. Jeff Buckley
11. Etta James
12. Tim Buckley
13. Adam Lambert
14. Stevie Wonder
15. Rob Halford
16. Ann Wilson
17. Robert Plant
18. Eddie Vedder
19. Bruce Dickinson
20. Chris Cornell


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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So sad to see all of these threads back to only one page. :sad:


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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Don't worry, we will recover! :godbless:

Nice list, btw, the first place is set in stone... :cool:


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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we gotta get this list done


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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I'm a huge Cornell fan but he doesn't belong anywhere near the top 20.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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Eh...he was shit live during the 80's and from 2002-2006, but aside from those time periods he has ranged from ok to phenomenal.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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im still so confused about the last part of the criteria.....Plant is recognised as 1 of the best live vocalists in his prime, yet later , significantly lost his love chops...how do you judge his reputation or acclaim as a live singer ??

i also dont think pitch should be a totally different criteria on the live format , cause i doubt many people are paying attention to that when seeing a concert .....


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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1. I think it should be their overall reputation as live vocalist, and that should really move Plant a few places up.

2. Staying of pitch is the key of good singing, I think it should stay..


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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Yousha wrote:
im still so confused about the last part of the criteria.....Plant is recognised as 1 of the best live vocalists in his prime, yet later , significantly lost his love chops...how do you judge his reputation or acclaim as a live singer ??

i also dont think pitch should be a totally different criteria on the live format , cause i doubt many people are paying attention to that when seeing a concert .....


Well 99% of people don't pay attention to any of what we talk about when it comes to singing, so I think that's a bit of moot point. Also, pitch is the most important aspect of a live singer's performance, so it absolutely should stay as a separate criterion, imo.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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Glad we agree, Cruz. :cheers:


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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Cruz wrote:
Yousha wrote:
im still so confused about the last part of the criteria.....Plant is recognised as 1 of the best live vocalists in his prime, yet later , significantly lost his love chops...how do you judge his reputation or acclaim as a live singer ??

i also dont think pitch should be a totally different criteria on the live format , cause i doubt many people are paying attention to that when seeing a concert .....


Well 99% of people don't pay attention to any of what we talk about when it comes to singing, so I think that's a bit of moot point. Also, pitch is the most important aspect of a live singer's performance, so it absolutely should stay as a separate criterion, imo.


yesh master :geek:

i just suck with understanding pitch, so am always shaky to contribute to this list...


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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Could Halford be higher for this?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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Ikon38 wrote:
Eh...he was shit live during the 80's and from 2002-2006, but aside from those time periods he has ranged from ok to phenomenal.


The recordings I have from late 80's/early 90's are some of his best. After about 93 or so it went downhill pretty fast. His voice wasn't that great live for Audioslave either. However it has gotten much better if you've seen him live in the past 3-4 years solo or with Soundgarden.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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nathan wrote:
Ikon38 wrote:
Eh...he was shit live during the 80's and from 2002-2006, but aside from those time periods he has ranged from ok to phenomenal.


The recordings I have from late 80's/early 90's are some of his best. After about 93 or so it went downhill pretty fast. His voice wasn't that great live for Audioslave either. However it has gotten much better if you've seen him live in the past 3-4 years solo or with Soundgarden.



errr Late 80's he was hella drunk most of the time so he's VERY hit or miss... up to 95 is absolutely stellar on almost every performance though. There's a few in hte 90-93 range that are a lil EHHH but 94 was a fucking EPIC year for him live.

And yeah, from 07 til now he's been ALMOST back in shape. Just a lot more effort.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Live Rock Vocalists
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Yeah, he's really been great in the past 4 years...


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