Which frontman was the best at interacting with the audience between songs?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Rufus rag, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Rufus rag

    Rufus rag Forum Resident Thread Starter

    So this is NOT about frontmen who where good at audience participation during a song but those who had great skill with inbetween song banter?
    I personally would discount singers like Bono with his political waffling that nobody would want to listen to at a fun concert.
  2. Jim B.

    Jim B. Forum Resident

    GG Allin?
  3. Rufus rag

    Rufus rag Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Elvis when he was swooning the ladies.
  4. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    Did someone mention waffles...???!!??
  5. seaisletim

    seaisletim Forum Resident

    Philadelphia PA
    Springsteen isn’t so bad
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  6. RichC

    RichC Forum Resident


    Has to be this guy.
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  7. Lou Reed on 'Take No Prisoners'...although maybe he"s interacting with himself.
    Miss you , Lou!
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  8. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk

    Lehigh Valley, PA
  9. TheGoodDoctor

    TheGoodDoctor Well-Known Member

    Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian has excellent stage banter/audience participation.

    It probably helps that the audience are generally bunch of fey indie kids, but still.
  10. blastfurniss

    blastfurniss Forum Resident

    Marion, OH, USA
    Bruce Springsteen for sure. From the stories he would tell on stage in the early days to the crowd surfing in the latter period. The Boss knows how to make a concert a communal event.

    Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip.

    David Lee Roth although he usually did the same stuff in every town. To his credit DLR evolved from the guy who bragged he was going to sleep with your girlfriend to on the last VH tour boasting he had slept with your Mom.
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  11. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Forum Resident

    New York
    Frank Zappa
    Zappa performing live at Ekeberghallen in Oslo, Norway, 1977.

    Just sayin....
  12. KeninDC

    KeninDC Mind Left Body

    Virginia, USA
    "It's the bottom pincher from last night..."
    - Mick Jagger

    Robyn Hitchcock's between song banter is a show unto itself.
  13. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    Stephen Malkmus is very good at this sort of thing
  14. Ryan Lux

    Ryan Lux Forum Resident

    Toronto, ON, CA
    Neil Finn, like a great pub entertainer but on the big stage. Very initiate and loose.
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  15. Brewmeister

    Brewmeister Forum Resident

    Peter Gabriel during his Genesis days
  16. Tullhead

    Tullhead Well-Known Member

    Stuart Adamson.

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  17. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Forum Resident

    Springsteen was the best. His ability to weave those epic origin tales and slice-of-life stories into and between songs made his shows legendary and displayed a charisma that--as much as the music--helped create that amazingly devoted fan base of his.

    Tom Waits also has the ability to be as entertaining with his stories as his music:

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  18. John B

    John B Once Blue Gort,<br>now just blue.

    Toronto, Canada
    B.B. King, especially before he became popular with white audiences. Up until Live at the Regal.
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  19. BRush

    BRush Forum Resident

    Joe Strummer was a great communicator. Early Peter Gabriel too
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  20. rogertheshrubber

    rogertheshrubber Forum Resident

    Freehold, NJ, USA!
    John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats -
  21. Pennywise

    Pennywise Forum Resident

    Ian Anderson is always very entertaining between songs. :)
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  22. ghostnotes

    ghostnotes “Matter of fact, it’s all dark.”

    North Carolina
    A lot of good ones mentioned. These days the tip o' the hat has to go with Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth for me. He's hilarious...great timing and dry wit, you can tell he loves messing around with the crowd. Their music is so serious and heavy it's wild to have such a lighthearted vibe in between songs. Here's 5 minutes of great banter. :p

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  23. Ma Kelly

    Ma Kelly Forum Resident

    Mitch Jayne of The Dillards. Excellent pipe smoker too.
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  24. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Peter Wolf
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  25. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    J. Mascis and Jay Farrar.

    Just kidding. My pick is Robert Pollard. Billie Joe Armstrong was also great at this back when Green Day was just a scrappy young punk band playing in tiny clubs.
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