Returning home from Zanesville, I was listening to the radio and a couple of old rock songs came on and it made me wonder…who do I consider to be the greatest arena rock voices of my generation? Okay…a couple of these guys span more than just MY generation, but still…I’ll bet if they were singing in a packed stadium, you couldn’t help but listen! Here they are…according to me, of course. Let the arguing begin!!!
10. Robert Smith (The Cure)
I’ve seen Smith in concert…and believe me, he’s VERY good. And his range is amazing! So for those of you who are not Cure fans, you should really hear him live first…’cause he would surprise you!
9. Tom DeLonge (Blink 182, Angels & Airwaves)
I haven’t seen him live…yet! But I plan too. I got a feeling this guy can blow the roof off!
8. Ann Wilson (Heart)
The only woman in this lineup, Ann could probably go toe to toe with just about anybody. From ballads to rockers, she does it best!
7. Axel Rose (Guns N’ Roses)
Just an amazing and unique vocalist. Getting him to the show is the hardest part! The raspiness and high pitch of his voice sets him apart from most.
6. Zach de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine)
Just an angry vocalist. I imagine him tearing up the stage while performing. I wish I had seen them live back when they were still together!
5. Steve Perry (Journey)
Oh man…just an enormous voice. He could hit just about any note and I can only imagine what he would have sounded like performing in front of screaming fans!
4. Bono (U2)
The charisma that he brings to the stage is unmatched! And his voice can soar with The Edge’s guitar riffs.
3. Brad Delp (Boston)
Another amazing talent and a sad story. Delp died recently but his legacy lives on! And I dare anyone to put on “Boston” or “Don’t Look Back” and turn it off…
2. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
Seriously, if you’ve seen the man live, he has amazing stage presence as well as the awesome voice!
1. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
The consumate performer. With a range unequaled by anyone in my lifetime, I can’t imagine anyone having the voice or the sheer charisma that Freddie had. I only wish I could have seen him live.
And there ya have it! MY choices for the greatest arena rock singers. Any thoughts or additions?