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Rock And Roll And The Struggle With The Past: Lead Singers


lBy Diego Camargo

The other day I was watching some videos on Youtube and I was really shocked by what some classic bands are doing  in their live concerts that I decided to revive this blog with a new article.

Now, I will not go into the psychological/social aspects of the whole topic, instead I will focus on something simpler: Lead singers that can’t keep up with the past!

There’s something natural and logical with male singers when they grow old, it’s a physical condition. All of them (with a few exceptions) have their voices low when they reach the age between 40 and 50. This is a natural thing and there’s no way of fighting it.

This is a stressfull situation, especialy for singers that used to have high voices. In some cases you have honest guys that go in public and say: ‘hey sorry guys, but I can’t sing these songs anymore’. On the other side, you have guys that pretend everything is ok and they go on stage singing in a way that makes you cringe.

Don’t get me wrong, some of the bands here are my all time favorites, but I believe that there’s an honesty that should be kept intact for music. Although some of these bands, for decades now, are business and not really bands anymore.
I respect guys like Steve Walsh that retired last year after years of struggling with his voice, he made the right decision.

Well, no further ados. Here’s the list I’m talking about. First videos are live performances of the band’s hey days, the second is something newer from the last years. Now, if you believe that the video chosen is just a bad day of the singer try to search anything else on Youtube and you’ll see for yourself!

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1 – Paul Stanley (Kiss)

Strutter (1975)

Strutter (2012)

Steve Walsh

2 – Steve Walsh (Kansas)

Carry On Wayward Son (1978)

Carry On Wayward Son (2010)

Geddy Lee

3 – Geddy Lee (Rush)

Red Barchetta (1981)

Red Barchetta (2011)

Axl Rose

4 – Axl Rose (Guns N Roses)

Swee Child O’ Mine (1992)

Swee Child O’ Mine (2014)

Andreas Andi Deris

5 – Andreas “Andi” Deris (Helloween)

Dr. Stein (1992)

Dr. Stein (2013)

Dave Mustaine

6 – Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)

Holy Wars… The Punishment Due (1992)

Holy Wars… The Punishment Due (2010)

Ian Gillan

7 – Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)

Highway Star (1972)

Highway Star (2012)

Bob Dylan

8 – Bob Dylan

The Times They Are A-Changing (1963)

The Times They Are A-Changing (2013)

Ian Anderson

9 – Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)

Thick As A Brick (1977)

Thick As A Brick (2014)

David Lee Roth

10 – David Lee Roth (Van Halen)

Panama (1984)

Panama (2012)

Note: Let’s be fair with some singers that still hold up their fronts like Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Paul McCartney (The Beatles), Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones), Paul D’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), James Hetfield (Metallica), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

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