posted on Feb, 13 2009 @ 04:05 AM
Originally posted by Blogstalker
I haven't seen Eric Clapton (of any band he was in) mentioned.
Could that be because he's no great shakes as a frontman?
I saw Clapton years and years ago at a small venue in Surrey, England, and of course I've seen him countless times on TV and video. He's a pleasant
singer, an obvious nice guy and, of course, God. But he's no front man - on the contrary, he's quite a self-effacing presence on stage.
I mentioned Iggy before, but it's quite obvious that the palm in this contest must go to Mick Jagger, whatever one's personal taste. The job
description of rock band frontman didn't even exist until he invented it.
Of the other three possible contenders, Jim Morrison was certainly more intense on stage, Freddie Mercury a thorough-going showman in the old
music-hall tradition and a far, far more capable singer than Mick, and Prince is a sublime all-rounder with more talent than all the rest put
together. But none of them has inspired disturbance, sexual abandon, mayhem and even murder the way Jagger has. He was the ultimate shaman of rock,
the greatest adept at raising the devil that lies dormant in all crowds. Notice I say 'was': the infamous tragedy at Altamont was, in one very real
sense, his finest moment.
All gone now, of course. Though I must say he seemed to be enjoying himself in Shine A Light
for once. Maybe he had a swig from Keith's flask
before going on.