Bono. (Yup, you read that as... "Bono (period)"!!
But c'mon? best
And alive?? That is tough. I go for the guitar players like Al DiMeola, Joe Satriani, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, and Sharon Isbin. There
are a couple classical pianists but don't know them by name
Drummers?? Ugh. Uhm... erm... hem... haw... the dude in Blondie has a metronomic beat that I have only recently taken notice of. Terry Bozzio from
Zappa and Missing Persons is a great drummer (check out, "Mental Hopscotch" for the fiery upbeat punk influenced drumming style that I love), and of
course, Davey Grohlstien (sp?).
Bassist?? *scratches body part that sits on* Oh! BASSPLYR!!! (Actually, he is really good. Graduated from Berkley Music or something. We luv the same
types/styles of music). John McVie knows how to move a song through the chord progressions (either leading or following) and has a distinctive style
and sound. Any New Model Army bassist (current guy is Cerie Monger but I just liked the name, "Moose" lol). Patrick O`Hearn also of Zappa/MP because
you play music as group and the drummer and bassist lead the group (otherwise it is just karaoke *ahem* 'Merican Idol *ahem*)
Singers? There are many out there and each lend a range of interests and styles. In no particular order (just as they come to me): Rosie Bones (Loud
Hailer w/Beck), Robbie Plant (balloon something), Harriet Wheeler (Sundays), Eddie "Darth" Vader (love him or hate him, he is still a great singer.
Live on Ten Legs has a great version of Animal on it), Henry Rollins (I do luv Rollins Band-era stuff, like Illumination. "Family man, family man,
"), Hope Sandoval, Paul Westerberg (although I don't think he performs anymore... we're getting sooo old. But as far as I know,
he's still kicking so he makes the list), and others (I have lost steam! I need a nap. Where's my geritol?).
There are some obscure bands out there too. One still kicking out albums is Guided By Voice. A PNW band called Sweet Water is still putting music out.
Some band called Tool from the 1990s is putting out a new album in August. And some Pink Floyd of death-metal band called Opeth is also about to drop
a new album. I still buy NIN and Ministry when I see them (just don't follow as closely as I used to).
I hope that I have touched enough different types and styles of music. Me? Been listening to the old, dead guys, like Layne and Weiland and Kurdt. And
had a deep Chris Cornell fest going for a few months. And chick music, lol! I know it is a pop song but Vanessa Carlton is on my iPhone/pod/device and
either I am going crazy or about to go postal!
Making my way back home through the crowd...