The difference is that those of us who actually performed and lived within the music world have a much diferent perspective than those who obtain their knowledge from books, charts, and statistics.
That's why it's nice to have you around Stu
It's kind of funny that it's you who he's chosen as his argumentative sparring partner so much given that I'd reckon you probably like 50s rock more than anyone else on this website other than him (and maybe Negative Creep! Hi Neg)
Sheehan -- I spoke unclearly, didn't put it right. What I meant to say (I'm not sure if I said this clearly or not) was really that his style gives the music he's in a 'rush' quality, not just that I get a personal rush from his playing. An imprecise attempt to assign a word to his (rather unique imo) style...
LaRue -- Highly respected but him being top 20 is laughable, from all I can gather he's seen similarly, and acclaimed similarly, to like a Tony Choy, except he isn't in metal. Highly highly respected, acclaimed, and skilled, above average creativity, and one of the 'technical gods' guys...but top 20? Seriously? How the heck did he end up so high in the first place?
I'm not even sure Dixie Dregs is even 'rock'...aren't they like a fusion (no pun intended) of jazz fusion and prog rock? Does he even qualify for this list?
Still tho, this is pretty cool haha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvOc2mJj5gQ
Good stuff on Whitfield. Babbitt being his bassist of choice is indeed worth pointing out, thanks for bringing it to my attention. The Mike McClain stories were hilarious, always enjoy some lightheartedness on this forum! (Well, okay, that wasn't lighthearted, but it was pretty f'n funny)
Stu should have a good spot, being the third wheel in the trifecta of the famous technical monsters today (others being Wooten & Sheehan). Also a sensitive musician and excellent bass composer of bass pieces. But does he belong above Lesh, Casady, those guys? Hmm
Babbitt will definitely be ahead of say Nathan East, and for that matter probably Louis J. I haven't done any criteria breakdowns so as usual this is just a guess, but you know. I suspect he might fall to like #30 but he'll never fall lower than that. He might fall less than that, or even keep his position. Just not sure yet.
Anyone here wanna enlighten me on Phil Lesh? My opinion of the Dead in general is really low, but people just rave about this dude...