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

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

  1. dharma bum

    dharma bum Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Easily Bruce Springsteen. If we're talking mindless but effective banter though, probably Paul Stanley.
  2. Finch Platte

    Finch Platte Forum Resident

    Randy Sparks has a lot of humorous tales. Sometimes, he'll tell them more than once during a show!
  3. anth67

    anth67 Purveyor of Hogwash

    NW USA
    Since other solo performers are being bandied, have to nominate Arlo Guthrie.

    (And another shout for RT.)
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  4. cadesdad

    cadesdad Forum Resident

    Conway, AR
    Phil Collins--funny and self-deprecating, clearly inspired by Steve Martin and Monty Python
    Alison Krauss--great, dry sense of humor and slightly off-center observations
    Leonard Cohen--humble, joyful, self-aware, and dry as a good martini
  5. Finch Platte

    Finch Platte Forum Resident

    Well, you could have been in the back to read those lips, to tell the truth.
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  6. bostonscoots

    bostonscoots Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    Springsteen...especially if you catch him in a city where he's got some history. In Boston, I've heard him lovingly mock the Boston accent ("I got the guitah in the cah and it's pahked in the yahhd"). In Richmond, Bruce talked about how he and his band (Steel Mill) had two places where they could make money - New Jersey and Richmond. He then said "You don't forget things like that". In Worcester, Bruce says "We doesn't get around this way as much as we used to" a reference to the many area colleges he and the E Street Band used to frequent in the early days. In New Jersey...well, it's New Jersey - instead of stories, we got Bruce's mom!
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  7. Hamhead

    Hamhead Sinatra promo specialist

    Lou could have been a stand up comic, he's funnier than Andrew Dice Clay

    You can't forget Iggy Pop and this guy...

  8. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    I knew that joke was coming! :D
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  9. Stereosound

    Stereosound Forum Resident

  10. Stereosound

    Stereosound Forum Resident

    Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr. and Sara Bareillis deserve mention as well.
  11. adam_777

    adam_777 Forum Resident

    Duncan BC, Canada
    Arlo, man I could just listen to that guy rap for hours on end, can ya dig it? His exodus speech at Woodstock actually had me laughing out loud, it's so ridiculous and he's so stoned, but it's just entertaining as hell man

    For Neil Young I would say solo more than with a band. With a band he really doesn't say much, but solo he tells some great stories and has some hilarious little lines, plus he has great comebacks to audience shout outs. He's always telling jokes like about writing 126 verses to Sugar Mountain, or suggestion Canada Goose or the Great Illinois Poof as great band names and his banter is always getting a good crowd reaction and laughs.

    Fan "Bring on Stephen Stills"
    Neil "I am Stephen Stills"
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  12. sacsongs

    sacsongs Forum Resident

    St. Louis , MO
    Fan: “Old Man!”
    Neil: “Hey watch it”
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  13. Billchi_11

    Billchi_11 Forum Resident

  14. oldsurferdude

    oldsurferdude Forum Resident

    detroit, mi. 48150
    Wrong thread. This is about the best front men. Mike Love was annoying, jabbered too long, told boring stories and spouted dumb jokes which definitely took the group, and him down in stature. Now if we're talking about the worst front men then he certainly qualifies.
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  15. Slice

    Slice Fan Of Rock

    Keller, TX
    "Charlie's good tonight." "You wouldn't want my trousers to fall down, now would ya?"
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  16. Slice

    Slice Fan Of Rock

    Keller, TX
    Lemmy--"This next one was a big hit for us. In fact, I've got 10,000 copies in my house. Ha ha ha. It's called 'Killed By Death'."
    Robert Plant--I had no idea until I started getting into bootlegs.
  17. varispeed

    varispeed what if?

    Los Angeles Ca
    Bobby Darin....he was certainly part of the band as well as fronting it.
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  18. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Doubleplus Ungood

    Washington DC USA
    Seconded. He had to do something while retuning his 12-string. Very funny guy.
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  19. Babysquid

    Babysquid Forum Resident

    Gotta love Percy’s intersong banter! One of my favorite things about the boots.
  20. pauluz

    pauluz Active Member

    Derby, England
    Neil Young - Bottom Line 1974 bootleg - Excellent banter throughout.

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