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

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  1. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

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    Electric Circus, Manchester (1977), introducing "Police & Theives":

    "This song was written by a wog..." Nervous silence in the hall. "...and if you don't like wogs,... you know where the back door is, right".
     
  2. bettsaj

    bettsaj “I'm in competition with myself and I'm losing.”

  3. monotone

    monotone I know noothing.

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    The comedy stylings of Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow is the correct answer.
     
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  4. Herman Schultz

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    I saw Leo Kottke in a very intimate setting at Saint Bonaventure University in the 1990s. Maybe twenty people in a small room. Leo didn't seem to mind at all, just played absolutely beautifully and had us all in stitches between songs. My favorite bit, "I met the guy who wrote 'Yummy, Yummy, I've Got Love in My Tummy.' I met him but I didn't hurt him."
     
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  5. Jim Duckworth

    Jim Duckworth I can't lose with the stuff I use.

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    I've seen Ian McKaye keep a large audience relatively subdued during a lengthy mid set delay because the venue was oversold and the Nashville Fire Department had to sort it out.
     
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  6. Herman Schultz

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    Let's face it, Pete is really The Who's frontman. His between-song banter is often hilarious. I've seen The Who 24 times and there was only one show where Pete wasn't in a chatty mood. :)
     
  7. hhjack

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    Another vote for Robyn Hitchcock.

    Also, The Vaselines’ Frances McKee.

    Both you get a rock show and a comedy act!
     
  8. Anonamemouse

    Anonamemouse my other pink shirt is black too

    Twisted Sister's Dee Schnider. He just keeps going.
     
  9. fairaintfair

    fairaintfair I Buried Paul

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    Milk Carton Kids!

     
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  10. armin

    armin Well-Known Member

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    Nowadays Bob Dylan
     
  11. armin

    armin Well-Known Member

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    Haha, just kidding. But McCartney knows to deal on stage with his fans.
     
  12. PhoenixWoman

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    Not everyone loves what he's doing now musically, but Bruce hasn't lost a step as a charismatic frontman.
     
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  13. jatticus

    jatticus i swear im not emo

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    My list would include tom waits, michael stipe, peter gabriel, and Wayne Coyne
     
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  14. Rockford & Roll

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    Springsteen, John Prine and Kevn Kinney.
     
  15. PopularChuck

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    Phish, playing chess with the audience during the '95 tour
     
  16. PopularChuck

    PopularChuck Forum Resident

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    Does anyone remember laughter?




    :D
     
  17. jatticus

    jatticus i swear im not emo

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    not me
     
  18. arthurprecarious

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    I’m not really a fan but this was my first thought and was surprised it took nearly three pages to get a mention...He will rock you and he’s a champion too...

    Saw Neil Young a while ago and someone shouted “T-Bone!”. He laughed and said “I don’t think I can remember the words to that but thanks for asking!”
     
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  19. Lands End Drums

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    Most definitely Frank Zappa, very quick wit, very funny. Would you expect anything less?

    Everyone in Barenaked Ladies is a ton of fun between songs.
     
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  20. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Senior Member

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    Handsome Dick Manitoba in the real Dictators was the best ever, many years ago.
     
  21. slop101

    slop101 Guitar Geek

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    Fran Healy from Travis always has fantastic rapport with the audience, and just has a great, feel-good vibe about him.
     
  22. Detroit Music Fan

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    Keith WAS The Who’s front man, not Pete.
     
  23. Detroit Music Fan

    Detroit Music Fan Forum Resident

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    Interactive front man?

    GG Allin!
     
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  24. arthurprecarious

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    Wasn’t it John Entwistle?
     
  25. agaraffa

    agaraffa Forum Resident

    Of the bands I've seen, it has to be Adam Duritz... and by a wide margin.
     

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