In this Monday music blog, we are going to talk about my fantasy line up for a Hard Rock and Metal band. Some of these artists might or might not be part of a metal or hard rock group. It is kind of marriage of music. They can be alive or dead. With the growth of these “Super Groups” this could be a fun topic and I am looking at these artists to be together pass their prime of their career. Let us get into the line up.
I have three drummers in mind just in case if you can not get one.
- Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin) – I believe his hard and soft hitting would bend in to the thought pattern of this band.
- Neil Peart (Rush) – Just like Jason Bonham, Neil does the same thing in Rush and could be a better drummer. It has been a debate for years with friends.
- Robb Reiner (Anvil) – Robb is a really good drummer. He can keep up with Jason and Neil but the problem he plays too hard at times. I was going to throw Keith Moon (The Who) but he has the same problem. I love Robb’s drumming in Anvil and he brings the item of thrash metal and speed that Jason and Neil do not.
I have three bassists in mind that could support the drummer and build a solid backbone to this fantasy band.
- Joey Gittleman (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones) – Joey coming from Ska band with some punk background would give an item that might work or not work in this fantasy band. This band needs a bassist that will dance but sit in the pocket and Joey is one of the best in the Ska Scene.
- Cliff Burton (Metallica) – I believe we did not get to see the true Cliff Burton because he died too soon. The short body of work shown me enough to put Cliff at the top of the list Cliff could sit in the pocket with the drummer but go off and dance around any guitar player.
- Pete Way (UFO) – Pete’s style could help seal up the drums to the guitar players while still run around like Cliff did in Metallica. The problem I would have Pete is lack of pushing the limits.
This player needs to be special and another support item to this band. I have three idea players. There are some rich players that play this instrument.
- Paul Raymond (UFO) – He will be a great fit. He is use to play with a great guitar player and bassist. Plus, he will play guitar when it make sense in the song over the keyboard and the other way around. Let us face it, not all songs needs two guitar players or keyboards in it.
- Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) – He plays both the support as back up and yet can go to the lead over the guitar or bass. He is not a very good singer even though he did sing on the first two records of Nightwish. He could help with the song writing and lyrics.
- Billy Joel – I know what you are thinking when I am suggesting Billy Joel. He is a talented player on the piano. The only problem is playing more of a keyboard and not be the lead singer. He can sing a few songs but could be a great back up singer for the lead. Just like (Nightwish), he can help with the sing writing.
Rhythm Guitar Player
This band might not be need two guitar players but if we are going to fill it. Here is the idea three players.
- Paul Raymond (UFO) – see above.
- John Sykes (Whitesnakes, Blue Murder, Thin Lizzy) – John can do everything between lead vocals, lead, and rhythm guitar. There could be a nice balance between two lead guitar players. John has done a few of that in Thin Lizzy or Whitesnake. He could be a good fit in this band.
- Chris Garza (Sucide Silence) – This band being a newer band. There is a short body of work. This band is an extreme metal group with some speed. It might give something different than all the classic rock members that I have been naming.
Lead Guitar Player
The lead guitar player needs to be someone special that will not take over the group and make it all about him or her. He will need to know his role a super group. You can take out like Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendix, etc.
- Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) – This guy was it as far as great metal lead guitar players back in the back in the 1980’s. He was very underrated. Everyone had their man crush on Eddie Van Halen, Kirk Hammit, etc. Chris just like John Sykes can sit in the pocket but when it comes to the solo. Your mouth will drop to the floor.
- John Sykes (Whitesnakes, Blue Murder, Thin Lizzy) – see above. John could go back and forth, which could be a good thing.
- Robby Krieger (The Doors) – Robby like Chris DeGarmo is underrated guitar of his era. He could fit what the song is doing and the theme of it. He is a very good player and could support the drums, bass, keyboard, and singer.
I had a lead singer in mind through out this whole process and I wish I could head this music from this band. Here are my three lead singer.
- Jim Morrison (The Doors) – Jim could bend his style into in any music and I believe the band could fit this music around his lyrics and poetry. He was the start of the hard rock and metal music. His dark themes in his lyrics will go with all the music from all these great artists.
- Kevin Martin (Candlebox) – Kevin is an awesome singer. Kevin’s singing style has an attitude in all songs even in love songs. Kevin would bend his style to this band. Kevin is a great lyric writer.
- Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath) – Why not Ronnie? Dio is one of the best lead singer in the history of hard rock and metal. Dio could sing in all styles. He loved the fantasy so some of these artists could get along with him and write some great music.
- Jim Morrison (The Doors) – Lead Vocals, Spoke Words
- Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) – Lead Guitar, Back Vocals
- Paul Raymond (UFO) – Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard, Back Vocals
- Joey Gittleman (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones) – Bass Player, Back Vocals
- Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin) – Drums
In the end, this was tough. I thought this would be easy. I realize these band members might not get along. Jim with his drug and drinking problems would cause a ton of issues in the band alone. Jim and Jason would be out all night with Joey but Joey would head home after a while. Chris does not want to be a star nor touring artist that’s why he is not in Queensryche. Paul would be the leader to keep everyone in line. The music that this band would put out would be something else. I would love to hear this music but there are a ton of different styles and I do not know how they would get along. If you take Joey out on bass and put Cliff, would Cliff put more harmony in this group? Would Kevin or Dio as the lead singer make more sense? Asides, Jason on drums put Neil on drums. There are several questions. How would Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, etc on guitar. What about Geoff Tate. Tim Ripper Owens, and Rob Halford on vocals? There are several more questions. What about extreme metal singer at vocals? Like Chris Burns? I like this line up being a fan of them. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser