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

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  1. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    I've tried to remember memorable comments Mick made at any of my 50+ shows... and came up short.

    Due to a mix of luck and strategy, I had front row center seats for my very 1st Stones show in 1989. It was a chilly night for late September, and I saw Mick say to... ? off-mic "it's cold".

    Not a funny comment, but it stayed with me because I was so excited to be close enough to read Mick's lips! :D

    In Philly circa 2002, I was close to the B stage, and when Mick came down there, a very attractive woman in front of me flashed him. I'll never forget the look of stunned awe on his face when he saw her boobs. Not a comment, but at least it was memorable! :)

    In terms of actual comments, I loved his pre-written spiel about "Wawas" in Philly this year, but that was more because it was so dopey. People who go to Wawa know it's not called "Wawas"! :laugh:
     
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  2. Interpolantics

    Interpolantics Forum Resident

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    Jesse Malin usually spins a good yarn between tunes
     
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  3. Zack

    Zack Forum Resident

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    Were you there for the "health care for the elderly" joke about Bill at RFK in 1994?

    And about the boob flashing. A more pertinent question is did you see them?
     
  4. TheLoveDrags

    TheLoveDrags Forum Resident

    Johnny Thunders...
     
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  5. detroit muscle

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    Alex Harvey - he was sensational
     
  6. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    Yes - I was at both RFK shows (and another 5 that year).

    Don't recall that comment, but I admit my memory for specifics like that tends to be terrible. I go to so many shows that it's tough for specifics to stick!

    Unfortunately, no. She was in front of me and the angle wasn't conducive! :cry:

    Across my 1000+ shows, I think the only time I've actually seen flashing from "the correct angle" was when Foo Fighters played VA in 2003. I wasn't as close as I was at the Stones show, but I got a good look!

    She was very attractive, but Dave made some snarky comments - an attempt to squelch more flashing, I think.

    I wasn't too happy, but hey, the guy's mom was at the show! I think she was like 5 seats away from me!

    She didn't flash! :D
     
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  7. hammer99

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    Mick Jagger pre-1989.
     
  8. MGSeveral

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    Nial from Sultans Of Ping FC
     
  9. Macman

    Macman Forum Resident

    Jeff Tweedy is quite funny.

    Leonard Cohen was charming.
     
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  10. plentyofjamjars67

    plentyofjamjars67 Forum Resident

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    Agree to the point that I wish his VH1 Storytellers was several hrs longer :D
     
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  11. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    I remember a 1997 show in DC where he mentioned he always gets a "Mr. Anger" at his shows - some guy who feels the need to give him the finger through the show for no apparent reason.

    Much funnier as he told it. I was always tempted to flick off Bowie after that but was afraid he'd think I meant it for real and not just referencing "Mr. Anger"! :D
     
  12. boe

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    Jazz guitarist Russell Malone is great at this. He could do a straight-up comedy act. The late great sax player Eddie Harris actually put out an album on Atlantic “The Reason Why I’m Talking S—t” that was 47 minutes of live recorded X-rated comedy /banter in the Redd Foxx vein.
     
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  13. Dr. Mudd

    Dr. Mudd Audient

    Hands down for me, Ian Hunter.
     
  14. ralphb

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    Tom Verlaine.
    :laugh:

    Patti Smith always had good rapport with the audience.
     
  15. donl

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    Richard Thompson, Ray Davies
     
  16. Tim1954

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    Ozzy. Not close.

    I mean ‘70s Ozzy, btw.
     
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  17. Adam9

    Adam9 Senior Member

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    A few years ago, I saw a double bill consisting of Herman's Hermits and Paul Revere and the Raiders.
    Peter Noone was hilarious with great self-deprecating quips and a spot-on spoof of Mick Jagger's strut while the band kicked into a few bars of "Jumping Jack Flash". He took some good-natured jabs at the late great Paul Revere too who himself was no slouch with very entertaining between-song banter.
    Of course, hard to beat Springsteen in this category - the ultimate concert experience.
     
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  18. TonyG

    TonyG Forum Resident

    Dave Alvin - Great storyteller, great sense of humor, doesn't take himself too seriously.
    Richard Thompson - So good, I wish he did more.
    John Prine - Is he considered a front man, when his band is a just a bassist and guitarist? He may be the greatest of them all, and I've got close to 45+ years of going to see him to back me up on that.
     
  19. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Forum Resident

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    Not front men, but great at banter -
    Pete Townshend, especially when he and Keith went at it.
    Jon Povey of the Pretty Things
    Front men and women -
    John Kay of Steppenwolf
    Richard Thompson
    All four of The Four Bitchin' Babes
    Annie Haslam of Renaissance
    Terre and Suzzy Roche
     
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  20. Platterpus

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    Freddie Mercury
     
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  21. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    I haven't seen every front man perform but when I went to a Humble Pie concert in 71 Steve Marriott interacted with the audience the whole concert. Between songs, during songs, you name it. Jagger is great too. CSN&Y have four front men and the time I saw them they were fairly chatty.
     
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  22. Evethingandnothing

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    Yeah, Marriott was the best I've seen. Very inclusive and unpretentious, and darn funny too.
     
  23. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    Garbage's Shirley Manson is always entertaining when she chats with the crowd.

    She tends to be pretty unfiltered - definitely no canned stories ala McCartney!
     
  24. sleepjar

    sleepjar Forum Resident

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    Leo Kottke - not a frontman, but great stories between his solo guitar pieces.
     
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  25. MortSahlFan

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    Jim Morrison - he was hilarious and thought-provoking
     
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