Rock’s greatest frontmen

In today’s blog The london guitar school wants to take a look at some of the greatest rock performers of all time

First up

Freddie Mercury

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Freddie Mercury initially found success with Queens second album “Queen 2” and their hit single  “seven seas of rye.”

Along with guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and  Queen went on to become one of Britain’s most successful bands.  Their most famous hit, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ remains the longest running number one for 20 years.

Mercury’s solo work included material for the soundtracks to ‘Electric Dreams’ and ‘Metropolis’. His version of ‘The Great Pretender’ was a hit in 1987. He recorded an album and single, ‘Barcelona’, with opera diva Montserrat Caballe, for the Barcelona Olympics.

Freddie Mercury eventually passed away due to AIDS in 1991,  he didn’t admit he was dieing of the virus until the day before his death.

In 1995, the last Queen album, ‘Made In Heaven’ was released, which made use of some of the unfinished work Mercury left unused before he died.

 

Ozzy Osbourne

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Long before his hit reality Tv show that made him famous even with moms around the world Ozzy was the crazy frontman of the most influential metal band that ever lived, Black Sabbath.  So many bands have been influenced by Black Sabbath it’s hard to imagine heavy metal without them.  Ozzy then fronted his own extremely successful solo career with guitarist ‘Zakk Wylde’ joining him, what a team!!

Also often known for biting the head of a living bat, lets just remember him for stuff like this in the video below

Robert Plant

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Robert Plant left school in 1966 to pursue music.  It has payed off as he is now one of the most successful rock singers of all time.  Along with drummer ‘John Bonzo Bonham Plant formed ‘bands of joy’ without much success.  He was eventually recruited by Jimmy page and along with bassist John Paul Jones ‘The yardbirds’ were formed.  They eventually went on to become…..you guessed it Led Zeppelin.Robert Plant won over fans with his raw and powerful vocals and Jimmy Page won over fans with his famous rock riffs including ‘whole lotta love’, ‘heartbreaker’, and ‘whole lotta love’.

The group’s fourth album was untitled, featuring only a set of runic symbols on its cover. Some view it as their best work, and it features the legendary “Stairway to Heaven,” one of the most requested rock songs of all time. The 8-minute song drew inspiration from Celtic mythology, and its musical and lyrical complexity have helped its longevity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuW3_C5Xmfs

 

 

Axl Rose

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Known for his work with Gun n Roses Axl is certainly a controversial frontman.  Praised for his unique voice and range but often criticised for being unprofessional, and late to gigs.Axl has become notorious for some stopping gigs whenever the crowd become unruly or do anything to his un liking.

When Guns n Roses eventually disbanded, all be it unofficially Axl Rose became secluded and didn’t do much for ages until 2004 when he toured sporadically.  In 2008 the much anticipated Chinese documentary album was released with new band members.

Guns N’ Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, but Rose did not attend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-qx47-C2Q0

 

 

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